I’m pleased to announce that after a very successful event in 2012, tickets are on sale now for Get in Front 2013, a dance performance and after party to benefit the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC), on November 12, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts! I co-founded this event last year with my friend and former colleague, Garen Scribner, which brings together the Bay Area dance companies on one stage all to raise much needed funds and increase awareness for CPIC. Visit getinfront.org or call 415-978-ARTS to purchase. Check out our trailer here:
I apologize for the lag between posts, but I’d also like to announce the birth of my son, Jack Everett Sofranko, born April 7. Needless to say, life is busy between juggling SFB rehearsals, producing Get in Front, and being a new dad! But I am enjoying every minute of it, and maybe I’ll dedicate a post to the miracle of the human body which I am watching grow and change every day before my very eyes.
Back to the task at hand, Get in Front 2013 will raise much needed funds for cancer prevention research, while also uniting the dance community, dancers and audience behind a very important cause. Last year we raised close to $150,000 and we’re hoping to top that this year. Cancer is a disease that has become all too prevalent in our world. The chances of someone being diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime is now 1 in 2. That’s right, 50%! This is not something we just have to accept. I view this instead as a challenge to more fully understand the disease, and to educate ourselves and our fellow human beings about what we can do to prevent it from happening in the first place. I know that we all can agree: its better to prevent cancer than to have to treat it.
I look forward to a time when my son Jack will not worry about when cancer will strike, when he won’t have a memory of family members dying before their time. I hope that even if it’s in a small way, my actions today, and the actions of my colleagues and partners on the Get in Front project, and all the researchers who do amazing work for CPIC, will make a difference for many generations down the road.
I ask you to join me, as well as San Francisco Ballet, ODC/Dance, Ballet San Jose, AXIS Dance, Robert Moses’ Kin, Zhukov Dance Theatre, Renegade Rockers, Smuin Ballet, and Margaret Jenkins Dance Co. on November 12, to Get in Front of cancer!