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Fire Island Dance Festival 16

FIRE ISLAND DANCE FESTIVAL 16

TWO TIME EMMY WINNER BRUCE VILANCH RETURNS TO HOST FESTIVAL FEAURING CUNNINGHAM, AILEY, MOMIX AND MORE

(FIRE ISLAND PINES, N.Y.) – Lauded by The New York Times, Out Magazine, CBS News on LOGO and The Village Voice, the Fire Island Dance Festival returns to Fire Island Pines for a trio of first rate outdoor performances and parties on Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18, 2010. Now in its 16th year, Fire Island Dance Festival is the premier cultural event on Fire Island and is produced by and benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS (DRA), a program of Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. Returning to emcee the event for a second year will be two time Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch.

Performing outdoors against a stunning backdrop of the Great South Bay, FIDF 16 will feature an eclectic program of classical and contemporary ballet, and modern dance performed by eleven emerging and world renowned dance companies and artists.  This year’s festival will prove to be yet another unforgettable event with performances by: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre principal Marcelo Gomes, Joffrey Ballet Chicago principals Fabrice Calmels and Erica Lynette Edwards, Camille A. Brown, Gallim Dance, Mark Stuart Dance Theatre and San Francisco Ballet principals Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith performing choreography by Christopher Wheeldon.  FIDF 16 will also showcase a pièce d’occasion by Shea Sullivan, mark premiere dances by Travis Wall and Stephen Petronio Company and feature a “Legacy Tour” performance by Merce Cunningham Dance CompanyMOMIX will present a special performance as part of an exclusive festival kick-off party for Leadership Supporters only on Friday July 16.

Dancegoers are offered a choice of show times. The opening performance is on Saturday, July 17th at 5:00 p.m. (party at 4:00 p.m.). The sunset performance is on Saturday, July 17th at 7:00 p.m. (party following). And the closing performance is on Sunday, July 18th at 5:00 p.m. (party following). Leadership Supporters are included in the special kick-off party on Friday evening July 16th at the Lepage Pavilion at Whyte Hall.

To charge tickets by phone, call 212.840.0770 x268 – Monday through Friday and in person on weekends in the Fire Island Pines harbor or order online at www.dradance.org .

Corporate Sponsors for Fire Island Dance Festival 16 include: The New York Times, Continental Airlines, GRW Advertising, Absolut Vodka, Steel Gym, NEXT Magazine, PEEQ Media, BV Wines, and Movmnt Magazine

Community Sponsors for Fire Island Dance Festival 16 include: Fire Island News, Pines Bistro and Martini Bar, Sayville Ferry Service, and Tony’s Barge.

DANCERS RESPONDING TO AIDS

Founded in 1991, by former Paul Taylor dancers Denise Roberts Hurlin and Hernando Cortez, Dancers Responding to AIDS (DRA) is a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization.  By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre & dance communities, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes and other critical illnesses across the United States.  Since its founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $175 million.

For more information visit:  www.dradance.org

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