A half-dozen dance troupes will perform in Palm Springs tonight to benefit the AIDS Assistance Program.
Carol Lawrence, who played the original Maria in the Broadway production of “West Side Story,” is also scheduled to appear at “Dance for Life Palm Springs,” which starts at 7 p.m. at the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Annenberg Theater.
The Giordano Dance Chicago jazz troupe, Nevada Ballet Theatre and ENTITY modern dance company are scheduled to take part, along with the Melinda Sullivan Dance Project, a tap dance troupe; the modern dance group Jaclyn Royal Contemporary Dance; and Backhausdance, which uses different styles.
Two artistic directors each choreographed a new piece, which will premiere at Dance for Life Palm Springs. James Canfield of Nevada Ballet Theatre will present “First,” and Melinda Sullivan of the Melinda Sullivan Dance Project will premiere “Bluesy Medley,” which celebrates tap dancing in Hollywood musicals.
A 5 p.m. cocktail reception at the Palm Springs Art Museum will precede the dance performance inside the Annenberg Theater.
Tickets start at $150 and can be purchased by calling 760-325-8481or going to www.aidsassistance.org.