Dancing to raise awareness

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By Erin Murphy

( Donna Ruzika, of Laurie Cameron & Company)

By Erin Murphy

Creative performances are how the organization Dancers for Life promotes awareness and funds for HIV and AIDS. Dancers for Life is a group of artists and choreographers with a mission to make a positive impact on the HIV and AIDS pandemic.

Founded in 1991 by Jo Dierdorff, Dance Instructor at Riverside City College, Dancers for Life has raised over $60,000.

Not only do the Dancers for Life include extremely talented dance companies from the Inland Empire, but the group also spotlights professional dance companies from all over the globe.

On Sept. 10, Dancers for Life held the 13th annual benefit dance at Landis Auditorium.

UC San Diego Professor Emeritus in Dance, Jean Isaacs and her company, Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theatre, presented an excerpt from “Suite Jeff.” “Suite Jeff” was created in 2001 and was created to affirm life changing victories encountered in daily life.

Cory Nakasue, who is with SPINE, a dance company based in New York and Los Angeles, presented the world premiere of “Because There is Comfort Here.”

The presentation illustrates an intense physical journey to trace the roots of traditional habits and challenge the precepts of identity.

“What I wanted to do was invite dance makers from the Inland Empire but also reach out beyond,” said John Medina, artistic director of the event.

Dancers for Life is also associated with the Inland AIDS Project.

One hundred percent of the box office funds went to the Inland AIDS Project.

This organization not only increases awareness of HIV and AIDS but it also promotes dance throughout the Inland Empire.

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