7th Annual Dance Against Cancer, NYC


When: Monday, May 8, 2017 @ 6PM (VIP); 7:15PM (Performance); 9PM (Reception)

Hot Spot: AXA Equitable Theater, NYC

Deets: Dance Against Cancer producers Erin Fogarty and Daniel Ulbricht have partnered with the American Cancer Society to present the seventh annual fundraising event on Monday, May 8, 2017. The gala benefit brings together artists from leading dance companies from New York City and beyond for a night of performances and world premieres. 

Founded in 2010 by Erin Fogarty, Director of Programming at Manhattan Youth Ballet, and Daniel Ulbricht, principal dancer at New York City Ballet, Dance Against Cancer has raised over $825,000 in support of the American Cancer Society's mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. 

This year’s lineup includes performances by members of New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Miami City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Met, NYC's Broadway community, ballroom and more. The event will showcase the works of Larry Keigwin, Christopher Wheeldon, James Whiteside, Marcelo Gomes, Frederick Earl Mosley, Edwaard Liang, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Josh Prince’s Broadway Dance Lab and five world premieres created specifically for Dance Against Cancer. 

VIP guests will enjoy cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres at 6 p.m., followed by world premiere dance performances at 7:15 p.m., with a post-performance reception and silent auction for all guests and performers. 

About Dance Against Cancer 
Co-producers and longtime friends Erin Fogarty and Daniel Ulbricht conceived Dance Against Cancer in 2010. They both have close ties to the cause as Fogarty lost her father in 2011 after a seven-year battle with colon cancer and Ulbricht lost his mother in 2015 after a battle with uterine cancer. With so many of their close friends and family sharing stories of their own relation to the disease, the desire to do something grew into what is now a gala benefit for the work that the American Cancer Society does through research initiatives as well as patient and family service programs. Since its inauguration, Dance Against Cancer has raised over $825,000 in support of the American Cancer Society. More information can be found at dacny.org. 

About the American Cancer Society 
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 23 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. We're finding cures as the nation's largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. Our mission is to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Who You May Spot: Dancers from various dance companies (New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Parsons Dance, BalletX, Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca, Washington Ballet, Bad Boys of Ballet, members of NYC's Broadway community)

Hint For The Average Socialite: The event will be held at the AXA Equitable Theater located at 787 Seventh Avenue (between 51 and 52 Streets). Tickets are $175 for General Admission, $350 for VIP and $750 for Preferred VIP with dress rehearsal access and are available at dacny.org. All proceeds from this event will benefit lifesaving cancer research that the American Cancer Society funds in New York City and beyond, and will support patient service programs like Hope Lodge New York City, which provides free lodging to cancer patients who need to travel to New York for treatment. 

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