Magazine article Dance Spirit

The Giving Goes On

Magazine article Dance Spirit

The Giving Goes On

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The dance community continues to launch artistic efforts to help rebuild our cities and our nation's spirit after the tragic events of September 11. Kudos to this group of creative thinkers who have come up with new responses and/or whose initial support continues.


Contributions to support 9/11 victims are still pouring in. Of special note is Body Wrappers, which donated $25,000 to The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund.


One uplifting trend sure to last all season is patriotism. Red, white and blue motifs can be seen on streets as well as on stages across the nation. In this tradition New York City Dance Alliance has created a commemorative T-shirt with NYC's new skyline as the backdrop for a dancer holding a red, white and blue ribbon. All proceeds are being donated to The September 11 Fund. Get yours at NYCDA events or from


Performers are organizing shows and appealing to audiences like never before, raising both enthusiasm and relief funds. Madison Square Garden's October 20 The Concert For New York City was its highestgrossing show ever, pulling together performers from all genres and raising over $30 million for relief efforts.On November 19 Chita Rivera headlined Broadway's Helping Hands Beneft Concert, a fundraiser for the families and heroes of September 11 (proceeds bought them tickets to other Broadway shows, in an effort to lift spirits). Also in November, NewYork City Arts Coalition sponsored "Take Back Our City," a week of special public events in New York City's theaters, museums and concert halls, honoring fire, police and EMS workers.


La Mama E.T.C., a theater in NYC's East Village, didn't cancel its October 21 40th Anniversary Benefit Party. Instead, 25 percent of the proceeds were donated to a neighboring fire department that lost 10 company members.

Radio City Entertainment is not only attracting visitors to NYC with The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and A Christmas Carol, but also distributing 7,500 complimentary tickets to those most affected by September 11. …

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