An Organization. An Event. An Experience.

Twenty-six years ago, the dance community of Chicago was hit hard by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Tired of watching his friends get sick and die, a young dancer decided to do something about it. As a dancer himself, Keith Elliott didn’t have money to give, so he did what he knew how to do…put on a show to raise the funds to help. Dance for Life uses the art of dance to make a difference in people’s lives.

This event continues today and in response to the changing needs of Chicago’s dance community, evolutions in the nature of HIV/AIDS, the growth of the annual event and its other programs, DFL has matured into a nonprofit organization, Chicago Dancers United (CDU).

Continuing with our core concept of the dance community in Chicago taking care of its own, CDU mobilizes Chicago’s dance community to support organizations and dance community professionals dealing with critical health issues, including, but not limited to HIV/AIDS, through the art of dance.

As a unified dance community in Chicago, we are utilizing the art of dance to support a stronger and healthier community by focusing on its health and well-being. We do this through The Dancers’ Fund, Dance for Life Chicago and The Awareness Initiative.

Chicago Dancers United

Board of Directors
Kevin McGirr, President
Patti Eylar, Vice-President
Paula Friedman, Secretary
Andrew Kanfer, Treasurer
Michael Anderson
Sandi Cooksey
Martin J. Gorbien, M.D.
Gail Kalver
Julie Kaplan
Danny Kopelson
Robert Neubert
Harriet Ross
Patrick Simoniello
Richard Turner

Founder of Dance for Life
Keith Elliott

Executive Director
Phil Reynolds