Friday, November 30, 2018, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) hosted Keeping The Promise — One Million Lives In Care: Celebrating Icons of Dance. The powerful evening celebrated the icons of dance will also include tributes to dance legends that have died due to AIDS-related complications, including Ulysses Dove, Michael Peters, Gene Anthony Ray, Michael Bennett, Rudolph Nuryev and Alvin Ailey.
Actress and dancer Debbie Allen, and Dancer Misty Copeland speak onstage during AHF and Debbie Allen Present Keeping the Promise-1,000,000 Lives In Care: Celebrating Icons of Dance at The Apollo Theater on November 30, 2018, in New York City. Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for AHF
A special tribute was given to legendary dancer/choreographer and co-founder of The Dance Theater of Harlem, Arthur Mitchell, for his leadership in civil rights, through the genre of dance.
Debbie Allen with her husband NormNixon and her son, Norman Nixon Jr. on the red carpet for the Keeping The Promise event at the Apollo Theater — Photo Credit: Antoine Debrill
The event was held in partnership with legendary choreographer/dancer and filmmaker, Debbie Allen, at the historic Apollo Theater in New York City. Special guests included Award Winning Entertainers: Phylicia Rashad, Norm Nixon, Misty Copeland, Jennifer Holliday, Melba Moore, George Faison, Gordon Chambers, Lillias White, Notable Choreographer: Louis Johnson, Dance Theater Of Harlem’s Robert Garland, Emil Wilbekin, Kevin Powell, and AHF President, Michael Weinstein. The evening featured performances by the Syncopated Ladies, Philadanco, Ailey II, the Dance Theater Of Harlem and the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.
Dancer Misty Copeland on the red carpet at The Apollo Theater on November 30, 2018, in New York City. Photo Credit: Antoine Debrill
In addition to saluting the pioneers of dance, AHF recognized Debbie Allen with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding service in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The Syncopated Ladies from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy on the red carpet at The Apollo Theater on November 30, 2018, in New York City. Photo Credit: Antoine Debrill
This annual World AIDS Day event, being presented in New York for the first time, will not only be an amazing evening of cultural experiences, but will also serve as an opportunity to recognize the advancements that have been achieved in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and the work that is still to be done in continuing to eradicate this devastating epidemic.
Debbie Allen Dance Academy perform onstage during AHF and Debbie Allen Present Keeping the Promise-1,000,000 Lives In Care: Celebrating Icons of Dance at The Apollo Theater on November 30, 2018, in New York City. Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for AHF
The event will recognize AHF’s commitment to addressing the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, with AHF having just reached one million lives in care and also pay tribute to the icons of dance — including presenting Debbie Allen with AHF’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Free, rapid, 1-minute HIV testing will also be provided during the event.
For more event information, please visit www.ahf.org/WAD.