Eryc Taylor Dance Announces 'Dancers for Good' Benefit, 6/3
Eryc Taylor Dance (ETD), Eryc Taylor, Artistic Director, announced today ETD will join Paul Taylor Dance and seven other dance companies in performance at the second annual "Dancers for Good" benefit at the Ross School in East Hampton, NY, Saturday June 3 at 7:30pm.
Eryc Taylor's work, Song for Cello and Piano, with a commissioned original score by Daniel Tobias, will be presented on invitation from Michael Apuzzo, co-founder of the Dancers for Good Foundation and current Paul Taylor Dance Company member. ETD, one of the first companies approached to participate in this year's Dancers for Good, will join principal dancers from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and more.
The Dancers for Good 2017 fundraiser will be hosted by actress, singer and dancer Bebe Neuwirth and will benefit The Actors Fund, The Dancers' Resource/Career Transition For Dancers and the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation.
Dancers for Good was created in 2016 to raise funds in support of the arts and the local community. Michael Apuzzo, Eric Gunhus, David Nickle, and Hal Rubenstein will present the 2017 Dancers for Good fundraising gala. Nine dance companies will participate. Read more.
Eryc Taylor Dance was founded in 2006 with a mission to advance appreciation of dance by creating and presenting original performances, conducting master classes and workshops, and awarding grants to aspiring choreographers. The Company has been home to over twenty New York City dancers since its founding. Every year, ETD provides three emerging New York-based choreographers with $1000 grants to fund the creation of a new piece and subsequently produces and hosts a work-in-progress show featuring each of the new works.
The Company's "Community and International Outreach" program specifically uses dance as a tool to inspire, heal, and build communities for populations who might not otherwise have access to movement programs. The ETD "mobile" program currently conducts twelve workshops a week for the following organizations: PGCMH, CUCS, NYU Langone Medical Center, Odyssey House, and Acacia Network. VIDEO.
ETD Artistic Director Eryc Taylor has performed works by Merce Cunningham, Mark Dendy, Group Motion, Paul Taylor, Milton Meyers, Sean Curran and Gus Solomons Jr. and has collaborated with artists such as Frieda Abtan, Todd Yeager, Laura Peterson, Jason Levine, Scooter LaForge, Mark Beard, and Gerald Busby. Taylor's choreography has been presented worldwide and he is known for producing sight specific dance installations. He has produced summer dance festivals in Martha's Vineyard called, "Dance Martha Dance!" His work has also appeared at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Joyce Soho, The Second Avenue Dance Theater, NYU, Dance Theater Workshop, Dance New Amsterdam's APAP festival, Joe's Pub at The Public Theater, NYC, New York Live Arts, and Armando Manzanero Teatro (Merida, Mexico).
ERYC TAYLOR DANCE celebrated the 10th Anniversary with a program of new works at Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance in October 2016. The company's 11th Season will return to the Martha Graham Center, October 27 through October 29, 2017.
IF YOU GO:
DANCERS FOR GOOD FUNDRAISING GALA
Saturday, June 3 at 7:30 pm - Reception to Follow
Ross Upper School, Center For Well-Being
The Court Theater, 18 Goodfriend Drive, East Hampton, NY
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Principal dancers from:
New York City Ballet
American Ballet Theatre
Complexions Contemporary Ballet
ROCK the Ballet
Broadway Dance Lab
Eryc Taylor Dance
and a premiere by Broadway dancers
TICKETS: $200 www.dancersforgood.com
PHONE - (866) 899-7866
Reserved seat tickets at will call prior to performance on June 3; box office to open 1 hour prior to performance.
ABOUT DANCERS FOR GOOD:
During the summer of 2015 dancer Michael Apuzzo of Paul Taylor Dance Company, and event planner/former Broadway performer Eric Gunhus came up with the idea to bring a new and fresh event to East Hampton: a dance festival of some the most prestigious dance companies and prominent dancers in the world, sharing their gifts to raise funds in support of the arts and the local community.
Michael & Eric soon partnered with author and fashion/food expert Hal Rubenstein, engineering VP David Nickle and their not-for-profit Fund In The Sun Foundation, an organization with a long history of successful benefits in Fire Island Pines. The four decided to combine their efforts and the collaboration brought Dancers For Good to life with last summer's well-received inaugural event.
The name Dancers For Good is two-fold in meaning: Dance is a discipline that stays with the dancer for life...for good. Additionally, this event brings together incredible dancers eager to give their time, talents and energy for charitable philanthropy...to do good. This celebration allows all of us an opportunity to experience Dancers For Good.
Photo Credit: Steven Menendez