For Lizzie MacKenzie a long time friend and dedicated dancer volunteer, Dance for life is a mission with a cause. After graduating from the Interlochen Art Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, Lizzie moved to Chicago to pursue her dreams as a proffesional dancer.
It didn’t take long before the talented Lizzie found herself dancing for the biggest dance companies in Chicago, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, and River North Chicago Dance Company, a long time dedicated supporters and participants of Dance For Life.
With hard work and dedication Lizzie became a rewarded dancer and choreographer. Lizzie found herself working with the biggest names in Choreography including Mia Michaels, Liz Imperio, Ron de Jesus, Davis Robertson, Tony Powell, and the renowned choreographers Randy Duncan and Harrison McEldowney who are going to introduce two world-premiere performances this year.
"I have seen many changes through the years. For me Dance for Life is a great way in helping the community. Dancing is my whole life and I'm happy to use my talent and help people at need" said Lizzie who contributed her talent and time for over fifteen years.
Today Lizzie is taken her love to another level. At her dance company Extensions, Lizzie teaches a new generation of young dancers how to think free, and stand tall. She passes her passion of helping others through the one thing she loves most––dancing.
For Anthony Guerrero the producer of Dance for Life, making the event accessible to every person is a goal. “This year we are in a bigger space, and we reduced the ticket prices, so everyone would be able to come, see and enjoy the show.”
The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University will host Dance for Life for the second year in a row. Last year a partnership was formed for the 20th anniversary performances of Dance for Life. This year the performances will include the Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dane Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theater, and Ron de Jesus Dance.
For over 21 years, Dance for Life has grown to become the largest HIV/AIDS fundraising dance event in the Midwest. “It is important for us not to forget that a cure for AIDS is still not found. We count on the support we get every day from many individuals, and from our sponsors. Anyone can make a difference by way of donating funds, time, or both, especially today in these difficult economic times” said Guerrero.