In 2012, my fellow dancer Garen Scribner and I hatched a crazy idea to put on a dance performance with all the different companies in the Bay Area to support the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC). We called all our dancer friends in companies across the city, and everyone we talked to wanted to participate. We asked former SFB dancer Margaret Karl to throw an after party, and before we knew it, we had a large, world-class event on our hands! Here we are, in 2014, with the third annual DanceFAR performance coming up on November 18 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Cancer is a disease that has most likely touched all of our lives. In both my immediate family and my chosen family of dancers and friends, I know numerous people who have had to deal with a diagnosis of cancer, including a dancer with Ballet San Jose and a crew member of San Francisco Ballet, both of whom lost their lives two years ago. CPIC estimates that 1 out of every 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. This is a scary and unacceptable statistic and this performance is a way that dancers can give back to the community, support cutting edge cancer research, and honor those who have been afflicted by cancer.