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“A Benefit for Eric Hampton”
Just as Beethoven kept composing after losing his hearing, Eric Hampton has continued, until recently, to teach and choreograph despite having lost the physical ability to dance. Perhaps this marks a true genius. Hampton has lived with Lou Gehrig’s disease for the past 10 months. For many years, his company, Eric Hampton Dance, has performed annual benefit performances to raise money for the Whitman-Walker Clinic, and now it’s Hampton’s turn to be the beneficiary. Tony Powell (pictured), a member of Hampton’s company and director of his own company, has organized a benefit concert for Hampton. Tony Powell/Music & Movement will head the evening’s lineup, joined by Eric Hampton Dance. Both the Washington Ballet, where Hampton was a soloist and resident choreographer, and the emerging modern company CityDance Ensemble will perform work choreographed by Powell, and the Maryland Youth Ballet, where Hampton has taught for the last 15 years, will perform excerpts from “The Nutcracker.” At 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. $25-50 (benefits Eric Hampton). (202) 467-4600. (Holly Bass)