Bay Area’s Finest Dance Companies to Share Talent in Third Annual Performance to Benefit Cancer Prevention

Tickets on sale now for unique world-class dance event: DanceFAR, Dance for a Reason

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 25, 2014) — The most celebrated dance companies in the Bay Area are joining together again this year in a one-night-only special performance to benefit the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) and the UCSF Melanoma Center.

The event will be held Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), in San Francisco, and includes a gala after-party featuring local restaurants, wineries and live entertainment, as well as a pre-performance cocktail reception for event sponsors.  

The DanceFAR performance will feature San Francisco Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, ODC/Dance, Ballet San Jose, Smuin Ballet, Post: Ballet, tinypistol and SFDanceworks; tap artist Joe Orrach; and special guests Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and dancers from Nederlands Dans Theater I.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online or by calling the YBCA box office at 415-978-ARTS. Prices range from $50 to $250.

The pre-performance cocktail reception for sponsors, and the celebratory after-party for all ticket holders, both will be held in the YBCA Forum. For sponsorship opportunities and more information, visit

Now in its third year, the DanceFAR event (formerly Get in Front), was developed and is organized by James Sofranko, current soloist with the San Francisco Ballet, and colleagues Garen Scribner and Margaret Karl, both former San Francisco Ballet dancers. The team has raised more than $300,000 for CPIC in sold-out performances the last two years.

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About the Organizers
DanceFAR was founded in 2012 by San Francisco Ballet dancers Garen Scribner, James Sofranko and Margaret Karl as a way to give back to the community and encourage volunteerism, providing a platform for artists to share their talents while contributing to charitable causes. Its inaugural event took place June 6th, 2012 (Get in Front 2012) to a sold-out house of over 900 seats at the former Herbst Theater in San Francisco and featured a beautiful after-party in the legendary Green Room. The second event (Get in Front 2013) took place November 12th, 2013 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco to a sold-out audience of over 700 seats. Proceeds from both events helped support vital cancer prevention research, as well as outreach to underserved communities in the Bay Area.

About the Cancer Prevention Institute of California
The Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) is the nation’s premier organization dedicated to preventing cancer and to reducing its burden where it cannot yet be prevented. CPIC tracks patterns of cancer throughout the entire population and identifies those at risk for developing cancer. Its research scientists are leaders in investigating the causes of cancer in large populations to advance the development of prevention-focused interventions. CPIC’s innovative cancer prevention research and education programs, together with the Stanford Cancer Institute, deliver a comprehensive arsenal for defeating cancer. For more information, visit

About the UCSF Melanoma Center
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, affecting more than 2 million people each year. Although melanoma accounts for only 4 percent of all skin cancer cases, it causes 79 percent of skin cancer deaths. The incidence of melanoma has increased for the past 30 years and researchers predict that this health problem will worsen as the population ages. At present, there is no cure for late-stage melanoma, which affects more than 60,000 people per year.

At UCSF, we are dedicated to improving outcomes for patients coping with this devastating illness. In the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UCSF Melanoma Center is devising and evaluating cutting-edge compounds that have the potential to change the way we approach melanoma. Our commitment to making the latest drugs accessible to patients has improved quality of life and helped to achieve remission for countless individuals.

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Media Contact: Jana Cuiper, 510-608-5160 |

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