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Fourth annual 'Dance Against Cancer' set for May 5

by Michelle Tabnick
April 27, 2014
AXA Equitable Theater
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019

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Producers Erin Fogarty and Daniel Ulbricht have partnered with the American Cancer Society present the fourth annual Dance Against Cancer on Monday, May 5, 2014 with cocktails at 6pm (VIP ticket only), followed by a performance at 7pm, and a post-show reception at the AXA Equitable Theater, 787 Seventh Avenue (between 51st and 52nd Streets), NYC. Tickets are $150 ($300 for VIP) and are available at dacny.org. The performance will feature new work by Brian Reeder created for American Ballet Theatre's Isabella Boylston with New York City Ballet's Chase Finlay and Amar Ramasar, Paul Taylor Dance Company in its first appearance at the benefit, Charles "Lil Buck" Riley performing with students from National Dance Institute, and a NYC premiere of Justin Peck's Sea Change.

VIP tickets include the pre-event reception beginning at 6pm, preferred seating, post-event reception and gift bag. General admission tickets include the performance and post-event reception only. All proceeds from this event will benefit research initiatives as well as all patient and family services programs that American Cancer Society funds.

The evening's performance, produced by New York City Ballet's Daniel Ulbricht and Manhattan Youth Ballet's Erin Fogarty, will feature New York City Ballet's Jared Angle, Tyler Angle, Robert Fairchild, Chase Finlay, Lauren King, Maria Kowroski, Tiler Peck, Amar Ramasar, Taylor Stanley and Daniel Ulbricht; American Ballet Theatre's Isabella Boylston, Herman Cornejo, Jared Mathews, Gillian Murphy and James Whiteside; Alvin Ailey's Matthew Rushing, Boston Ballet's Misa Kuranaga, Miami City Ballet's Patricia Delgado; as well as Lar Lubovitch's Clifton Brown, members of the Broadway community and Memphis Jookin' sensation, Charles "Lil Buck Riley." This year will also showcase young dancers from Jacques D'Amboise's National Dance Institute.

Work by choreographers George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Christopher Wheeldon, Justin Peck, Frederick Earl Mosley, Brian Reeder, Greg Graham and others will be featured.

Repertory to include:

In Memory Of
Music: "Feet Can't Fail Me Fail Me Now" by Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Choreography: Tracy Straus
Improv by Charles "Lil Buck" Riley
Gala Presentation Conceived and Staged by Damian Woetzel

Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Dancers Misa Kuranaga (Boston Ballet Principal), James Whiteside (formerly of Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre Principal)

Cloven Kingdom (excerpt)
Choreographer: Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor Dance Company

Sea Change (NYC Premiere)
Choreographer: Justin Peck
Dancers: Patricia Delgado (Miami City Ballet Principal), Lauren King, Jared Angle, Taylor Stanley (New York City Ballet)

Les Lutins (excerpt)
Choreographer: Johann Kobborg
Dancers: Herman Cornejo (American Ballet Theatre), Daniel Ulbricht (New York City Ballet)

Don Quixote Pas de Deux
Dancers: Gillian Murphy and Jared Matthews (American Ballet Theatre)

"Simply Irresistible" from the musical, Contact
Dancers of ADM21

Pas de Deux from Chaconne
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Dancers: Maria Kowroski and Tyler Angle (NYCB)

After the Rain
Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

Dance Against Cancer

Co-producers and longtime friends Erin Fogarty and Daniel Ulbricht conceived Dance Against Cancer in 2010. Both Ms. Fogarty and Mr. Ulbricht have close ties to the cause. Ms. Fogarty lost her father in 2011 after a seven-year battle with colon cancer in and Mr. Ulbricht's mother is currently battling 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 incredible work that the American Cancer Society does through research initiatives as well as patient and family service programs. The benefit brings together artists from leading dance companies from New York City and beyond for a night of beautiful performances, world premieres and great company. Since its inauguration, Dance Against Cancer has raised over $100,000 in support of the American Cancer Society.

About The American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night at 1.800.227.2345 or visit cancer.org.
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