The DRI Foundation is proud to announce the success of Dance for Nepal, an astonishing performance featuring world-class artists to raise over $21,000 for the survivors of the Nepal earthquake. This truly exceptional endeavor sold more than 430 seats to New York City’s Union Street Theatre and brought powerful attention and charitable support to an important cause.
“I couldn’t be happier with the response to this event,” said AnneMarie Staley, DRI Foundation Chair. “Attendance was fantastic, the audience enthusiastic, the caliber of the performances were exceptional. The money raised will go a long way toward continuing our commitment of helping the people of Nepal.”
“This event was made possible through the all-volunteer efforts of amazing artists to send a message of support, help, and hope to those in need,” said Chloe Demrovsky, Executive Director of DRI. “Through our collective efforts, in conjunction with those already assisting in the recovery in Nepal, the DRI Foundation will aid earthquake survivors and support the rebuilding of resilient communities that can better withstand such devastating events.”
“Nepal is a beautiful country so rich in culture, it’s hard to sit back and watch the daily struggle in the wake of these powerful earthquakes without wanting to help. By bringing our community together through the arts, we are offering the Nepalese communities the help they so desperately need,” added Lloyd Knight, Artistic Director of Dance for Nepal.
The event, featured in the New York Times, saw performances from some of the New York dance community’s best brightest performers, including Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch and Lloyd Knight of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Eran Bugge, Michelle Fleet, Laura Halzack, Francisco Graciano, Parisa Khobdeh, Robert Kleinendorst, George Smallwood and Jamie Rae Walker of Paul Taylor’s American Dance Company; Jere Hunt and Michael Spencer Phillips of RIOLT Dance New York, among many others. It also featured the world premiere of renowned choreographer Josh Beamish’s latest work, created especially for the concert.
The money raised by Dance for Nepal will go to the DRI Foundation’s Nepal Relief Fund, to assist in the long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts of the people of Nepal. To learn more about how the fund will be used, and to donate, click here.
To view photos from the event, visit DRI’s Dance for Nepal Flickr album!