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Dance for Life Chicago, an annual benefit concert for HIV/AIDS and other critical health issues, celebrates its 25th anniversary at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre on August 20. Chicago dance companies, including Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Giordano Dance Chicago, will perform.

“The really beautiful thing about Dance for Life is that it draws the whole Chicago dance community together,” says Diane Rawlinson, dance teacher at Wheeling High School who has co-directed the “Next Generation” student-produced concert for 22 years. “It really is something to witness.”

Dance for Life has presented 32 Chicago dance companies during the past 24 years.

Chicagodancersunited.org/dance-for-life

Photo by Julia Nash Photography, courtesy of Dance for Life Chicago

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Dance educator Diane Smagatz-Rawlinson will facilitate two workshops at Gibney Dance Center in New York City, in September to train teachers in the improvisational movement practice and philosophy known as InterPlay.

Created in 1989 by San Francisco Bay Area dancers Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter, the practice helps to build positive community through improvisation, speaking, singing and storytelling in a dance class setting. There is no right and wrong in InterPlay, which helps foster an accepting, non-judgmental atmosphere. Students learn to be comfortable and confident in diverse group settings.

Smagatz-Rawlinson was one of the first educators to be certified in the technique. She holds dance degrees from Ohio State University and UW-Madison and currently teaches dance at Wheeling High School in Illinois.

Gibney Dance Center (890 Broadway), September 233:00–6:00 pm and September 24, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. For more info go to interplay.org.

Diane Smagatz-Rawlinson with InterPlay co-founder Phil Porter

Photos courtesy of Smagatz-Rawlinson.

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