‘Dance for Nepal’ benefit in NYC this Tuesday

Dance for Nepal by Lloyd KnightThe DRI Foundation, the charity arm of Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) International, in partnership with 39 Steps and Red Rope Productions, will host an exclusive, one-night-only benefit titled Dance for Nepal this Tuesday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at the Union Square Theatre in Manhattan.


The event will feature performances by prominent New York City professional dancers hailing from companies like American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Limón Dance Company, Parsons Dance and Paul Taylor’s American Dance Company. There will also be guest performers from FJK Dance, The Francesca Harper Project, RIOULT Dance New York, Dorrance Dance and Sidra Bell Dance New York.


“We are grateful to the New York dance community for coming together to lend support for a cause that has touched a worldwide audience,” said Chloe Demrovsky, executive director of DRI. “Through our collective efforts of humanity, and the support of those already assisting in the recovery in Nepal, we encourage our community to give back and extend a helping hand through donations in support of the earthquake victims and strengthening our resilience to disasters.”


All proceeds from the event will be donated to the DRI Foundation Nepal Relief Fund to assist in long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts in the affected areas, as well as to directly benefit survivors of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck western Nepal in April.


“The collaboration of talented dancers and choreographers will certainly prove for an interesting, entertaining, and most importantly, impactful show that will assist in reinforcing how the power of artistic expression can lend favor to a major cause,” said Lloyd Knight, Martha Graham Dance Company principal and artistic director of the event.


Led by Knight and produced by Simona Ferrara and Faye Rosenbaum, the Dance for Nepal performance will feature familiar faces for dance fans, such as Maxim Beloserkovsky and Irina Dvorovenko (formerly of American Ballet Theatre), Amar Ramasar (New York City Ballet) and Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch (Martha Graham Dance Company.) Knight will be dancing in the world premiere of Josh Beamish’s new work, especially created for the concert.


Tickets for the benefit performance are on sale starting at $35, with select and premium seating at $125 and $175. All premium seats include a post-show reception with the artists. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.dancefornepal.com. In addition, an auction will be held for a number of unique items for those who cannot attend.