Through February 28, individuals touched by HIV/AIDS are invited to share their stories — as a photo with an essay — through or a mail-in entry. The winning entries will inspire a new dance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, created by a renowned choreographer selected by Artistic Director Designate Robert Battle.

The work will have its world premiere during Ailey’s New York City Center season in December 2011 and will be performed across the country as part of a 2012 national tour.

The contest breaks new ground, incorporating the power of dance to celebrate the inspiring stories of individuals across the country who are fighting HIV their way.