Dance For Life: United As One is a week-long celebration featuring works archived from Dance for Life performances during the past 29 years, and a world premiere finale.

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Visit the Dance for Life: United As One video page

Dance supporters and enthusiasts who donate $20 or more will receive emails with links promoting different videos daily, along with background on the works themselves.

The culminating virtual celebration on Saturday, August 15—the original date for the 29th anniversary of DFL scheduled at the Auditorium Theatre—will be a festive evening featuring a World Premiere choreographed by Hanna Brictson in response to COVID-19 with dancers from throughout the Chicago area, along with a DFL highlights reel, celebrity MCs, remarks from sponsors, information about resources available through The Dancers’ Fund, news about the 30th Anniversary DFL in 2021, and more. Donors of $20 or more will receive a special link to “attend” this finale event.

Please consider becoming a supporter as we celebrate Dance For Life: United As One!





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Donations at every level are essential to Chicago Dancers United and directly support The Dancers’ Fund, which offers financial support to any member of the Chicago dance community who has been diagnosed with a critical health need. Contributions made to Dance for Life: United as One are 100% tax deductible.

Supporters giving $20 or more will receive emails with links promoting different videos daily, along with background on the works themselves, and will receive a special link to “attend” the finale event on Saturday, August 15.

Supporters of $500 or more are recognized as Producers of Dance for Life 2020: United as One.

 is about uniting and providing support to Chicago’s diverse dance community, and Dance for Life, the one-of-a-kind annual performance and gala, is our largest fundraising event.

For the past 29 years, Dance for Life has showcased nearly 40 Chicago dance companies, representing different genres, sizes, and histories, as well as numerous choreographers, artists, and designers. The primary purpose is to raise money for The Dancers’ Fund, which offers financial support to any member of the Chicago dance community who has been diagnosed with a critical health need. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CDU expanded its grantmaking criteria to provide broader health and wellness coverage, making funds available for routine medical needs.

Each year, we come together to raise awareness and funds for our friends and loved ones in need. Your continued support of Dance for Life also benefits our key community partners: AIDS Foundation Chicago, which mobilizes diverse communities across Illinois to provide housing, care, and advocacy for people living with HIV and American Cancer Society, which works to attack cancer from every angle to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

Working together, we celebrate the joy of helping our community and are changing the future for good.

Dance For Life 2020 Host Committee

Michael J. Anderson & Andrew Caruso • Sarita S. Connelly • Sandi Cooksey • Randy Duncan • Glenn Edgerton • Patti S. Eylar • Mark & Tom Ferguson Gomez • Paula Friedman • Nan Giordano • Elizabeth Halajian • Andrew Kanfer •Julie Kaplan • Len Mayersky • Harrison McEldowney • Kevin McGirr • Michael McStraw • Robert Neubert & Barry Brunetti • John Peller & David Jablonowski • Jeremy Plummer • Rich Regan • Harriet Ross • Sara Stewart Schumann • Brian W Smuts • Richard Turner • Modesto Tico Valle • Aaron Weiss • Ashley Wheater • Michael Ziener

Our Partners and Benificiaries

At the American Cancer Society, we’re on a mission to free the world from cancer. Until we do, we’ll be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. All so you can live longer – and better.

The American Cancer Society is honored to partner with Chicago’s dance community as we raise awareness and funds to support those being affected by critical health issues. Thank you in advance for your generous support as we work together to support Chicago dancers and all those who are affected by cancer.

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For more than thirty years, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) has led the fight for HIV prevention and treatment services in Illinois. 
Stopping HIV transmission through testing and education — and connecting newly diagnosed HIV-positive people to VIP care — is the goal of AFC's prevention team.

A system of case managers help people in need navigate systems that connect them to HIV medications, housing, food, transportation and other necessities. 

AFC partners with community organizations across the Chicago metropolitan area to provide shelter for vulnerable people living with HIV and other chronic illnesses.

AFC's Advocacy team amplifies the voice of the HIV/AIDS community — in Springfield, at community trainings and in conferences and conversations around the world.