Pros unite for ‘Dance Against Cancer’

Herman CornejoProducers Erin Fogarty and Daniel Ulbricht will partner with the American Cancer Society to present the fourth annual Dance Against Cancer this Monday, May 5, at the AXA Equitable Theater in New York City. The event will bring together top dancers from NYC dance companies for a night of beautiful performances and premiere works, all to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.


The performance will present a world premiere by Brian Reeder, who was recently named Resident Choreographer for BalletNext. Reeder created the work on American Ballet Theatre’s Isabella Boylston and New York City Ballet’s Chase Finlay and Amar Ramasar, who will perform it live.


Paul Taylor Dance Company will also make its first appearance at the benefit, joined by Charles “Lil Buck” Riley performing with students from Jacques D’Amboise’s National Dance Institute. The show will also include the NYC premiere of Justin Peck’s Sea Change.


The evening will feature: NYCB’s Jared Angle, Tyler Angle, Robert Fairchild, Chase Finlay, Lauren King, Maria Kowroski, Tiler Peck, Amar Ramasar, Taylor Stanley and Daniel Ulbricht; ABT’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.


In addition to the premieres by Reeder and Peck, work by choreographers George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Christopher Wheeldon, Frederick Earl Mosley, Greg Graham and others will be featured.


The performance is set for 7 p.m. and will include a post-show reception. Tickets are $150 ($300 for VIP) and are available at All proceeds will benefit research initiatives as well as all patient and family services programs that American Cancer Society funds. Since its inauguration in 2010, Dance Against Cancer has raised over $100,000 in support of the American Cancer Society.


Photo: American Ballet Theatre’s Herman Cornejo performing at the 2013 Dance Against Cancer gala benefit. Photo by Christopher Duggan, courtesy of Dance Against Cancer.

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