Dance for Life 2019


Dance for Life Chicago is the annual benefit performance that showcases the city’s unique diversity of talent, dance traditions, and styles. One night a year, the talented and renowned professional dancers of Chicago come together to share the same stage at the historic Auditorium Theatre—all for a good cause.

Welcoming those looking for either an elegant night downtown or just a relaxed and fun performance, Dance for Life Chicago has presented classic, world premiere, and even improvised dance works in ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, and tap over the last 28 years.

Since 1991, Dance for Life has united the Chicago dance community and its fans to support local dance community professionals affected by critical health issues. The money raised through the performance goes directly to the Dancer’s Fund. Created by Chicago Dancer’s United in response to the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the dance community, the Dancer’s Fund fund has broadened to include other health and living needs.

We invite you to come celebrate and toast Chicago’s incredible range of dance and choreographic talent. Find up-to-date details on this year’s event by following us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter: #DanceForLifeChicago

AUGUST 17, 2019

50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive

The performance will be followed by a Gala Celebration and Buffet Dinner at
Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom
720 S. Michigan Avenue


Giordano Dance Chicago performing SOUL, choreographed by Ray Leeper, a high-energy contemporary work to music performed by Tina Turner, Gladys Knight and the Pips and Al Green.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 
performing an excerpt from one of its signature works, Decadance/Chicago, choreographed by Ohad Naharin.

The Joffrey Ballet 
performing a work to be announced at a later date

Chicago Dance Crash 
performing Leap of Faith, choreographed by Artistic Director Jessica Deahr, which showcases its span of breakdance, acrobatics, hip hop and concert dance techniques with a celebration of movement in the most raw, pure form: a freestyle.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project 
will be performing a work to be announced at a later date

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater 
performing an excerpt from Mar de Fuego/Sea of Fire, a flamenco contemporary ballet choreographed by Carlos Rodriguez, which hededicates to the late Dame Libby Komaiko, Ensemble Español founder, for her love, passion and dedication to the art form of Spanish dance, music, arts, culture and education.

Robyn Mineko Williams, 
former HSDC dancer and award-winning choreographer, premieres a work inspired by the late Claire Bataille, one of HSDC’s founding dancers, as well as a choreographer and director of the Lou Conte Dance Studio.

A finale by Randy Duncan, featuring dancers from across Chicago

starting at just $15!

$300–$650 for both the performance and gala reception
$15–$75 for the performance only

Tickets are available by phone at 312.341.2300,
online at or in person at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office.

Tickets will also be available as an add-on to the Auditorium Theatre’s 2019–20 season.
Group tickets (10 or more) are available by calling 312.341.2300.

(c) Todd Rosenberg Photography