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Dance Companies Converge Upon New York for Harvey Fundraising Extravaganza

“Hearts for Houston” will feature live performances by dancers from seven major companies to benefit the United Way of Greater Houston’s Harvey Relief Fund.

By Morgan Kinney October 12, 2017

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The Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York will host a Harvey benefit concert later this month.

Dancers from seven major companies will converge upon New York next Sunday, Oct. 22, all raising dollars for the United Way of Greater Houston’s Harvey Relief Fund.

In an evening titled "Hearts for Houston," members of the Houston Ballet will be on display, as well as work from its artistic director, Stanton Welch. They will be joined by dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, and The Washington Ballet. The evening will also feature a world premiere of a work from ballet legend and Texas Ballet Theater artistic director Ben Stevenson.

“We are inspired by and so grateful for the generosity of these creative groups coming together to support those affected by this devastating storm,” said Anna M. Babin, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Houston, in a statement.

The program is the brainchild of two Houston Ballet principal dancers, Yuriko Kajiya and Jared Matthews, and the event is bankrolled by Houston patrons Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, along with sponsor Neiman Marcus. Matthews, as we wrote last year, is the ballet's only Houston-born principal, and both dancers came to Houston via New York's American Ballet Theatre. You may remember the duo from a splashy 2010 cameo on So You Think You Can Dance, which, a Google search reveals, is still a TV show, having recently wrapped its 14th season.

If you find yourself in New York, tickets are—ahem—a little pricey, starting at $150 (plus fees). But hey, it's for a good cause, right? The United Way fund will help individuals and families with home repair, case management and other unmet relief needs.

Hearts for Houston, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets from $150. 405 W 55th St, New York. More information and tickets available here.

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