iHeartDance NYC, an art initiative committed to using dance as a means to create positive change in society and around the world, announces a one-night stand for humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine on April 9 at . 19.00 at Florence Gould Hall Theater. The evening will bring together stars from the American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Ballroom, Broadway and abroad, while notable guest speakers will be welcomed to stand in solidarity against the recent Russian attacks on Ukraine.
With guest speaker Igor Novikov, former adviser to President Zelensky to give opening remarks, the program presents works by Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmasnsky, Justin Peck, Jerome Robbins, James Whitside, Oleg Vinogradov, Andrea Miller, David Fernandez and others performed by a cast that includes Isabella Boylston, Sara Mearns, Lauren Lovette, Brooklyn Mack, Unity Phelan, Tyler Angle, Christine Shevchenko, Devon Teuscher Corey Stearns, Indiana Woodward, Harrison Ball, Gilbert Bolden III, Adrian Blake Mitchell, Andrea Laššáková, Luciana Paris, Jonatan Lujan, Skye Mattox, Andrii Ishchuk, Antonina Skobina, Denys Drozdyuk, Rench Soriano, artists from GALLIM, ABT Studio Company and more will be announced.
iHeartDance NYC, founded by dance activists Melissa Gerstein and Kimberly Giannelli, was originally created as an initiative to support artists and kickstart live performances in New York during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past year, the couple has produced seventeen sold-out performances, hired over 200 dancers and choreographers, raised significant funds and welcomed live and virtual audiences in five countries. With COVID-19 cases declining and theaters reopening, the couple has continued their mission of using dance as a tool to make a significant impact in the community locally and globally. Most recently, iHeartDance NYC partnered with Ballet and Beyond NYC to provide funding for increased access to dance education in low-income communities and is proud to mobilize the dance community’s power to raise money for Ukraine in this time of crisis.
“We are simply shattered and helpless as we see the millions of refugees leaving their homes and the bravery of those who risk their lives in the name of freedom,” Gerstein and Giannelli said. “This evening of dance brings Ukrainian artists up on stage to tell their own stories, many who have not heard from their loved ones for several days, and other members of the dance community who stand behind them with love and support,” they continue. “With the guidance of the current Ukrainian administration, all our revenues will be sent to those who need it most. Let us once again witness the power of dance to unite, to act as activism and to help those who need it most. “
A benefit for Ukraine will take place on Saturday, April 9 at. 19.00
Tickets for the iHeartDance NYC benefit show cost $ 150 and $ 300 (including premium seating and post-performance meet and greet) and are available at https://www.ticketmaster.com/iheartdance-nyc-a-benefit-for-ukraine-new – york-new-york-04-09-2022 / event / 03005C73AB64760F
The Florence Gould Hall Theater is located at 55 East 59th Street between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The theater is accessible by trains 4,5,6 and N, Q and R.