Monday was a big day for Indy arts. Just a few hours after the Indy Culture Matters rally on Monument Circle, artists from a wide array of cultural institutions gathered for the 2009 Spotlight showcase, proving that the arts are immensely important to our community. To be sure, the evening was a huge success, bringing in over $350,000 in hard greenbacks for AIDS prevention in Indiana. But for donors in the audience, the show meant much more, acting not only as a magnificent sampling of the high-quality performers in the city, but as a confirmation of the value of Indy's cultural institutions. Of all the arts featured on this particular night, dance definitely stole the show. Notable performances by the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, Dance Kaleidoscope, Kenyetta Dance Company, Butler Ballet and The Ladies of Legend of Talbott Street were among the favorites of the evening, featuring seamless dancing, technical bravado and high-energy musical scores that made everyone want to stand up and celebrate the arts community.