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Fire Island Dance Festival Raises $253,000 To Benefit DRA

SIXTEENTH ANNUAL FIRE ISLAND DANCE FESTIVAL

RAISES $253,000

FOR DANCERS RESPONDING TO AIDS

(July 19, 2010 – Fire Island Pines, NY) Fire Island Dance Festival, Dancers Responding to AIDS’ (DRA) signature event, celebrated its sweet sixteenth year in Fire Island Pines with an undisputed artistic and financial success. The three sold out performances drew record breaking crowds and raised $253,000 for Dancers Responding to AIDS.

This year’s festival, hosted by two-time Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch presented eleven dances by world renowned, established and emerging dance companies and choreographers.  The event, twice hailed by The New York Times as “the charity event of the season” was held on the weekend of July 17th in Fire Island Pines at the home of Jon Biondo, Tim Horman and Ryan Coutu, outdoors against a backdrop of the sun setting over the Great South Bay.

Fire Island Dance Festival Sixteen  (FIDF16) featured the innovative work of: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre principal Marcelo Gomes, Joffrey Ballet Chicago principals Fabrice Calmels and Erica Lynette Edwards, Mark Stuart Dance Theatre and San Francisco Ballet principals Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith performing choreography by Christopher Wheeldon.

FIDF 16 also showcased a pièce d’occasion by Shea Sullivan and featured a “Legacy Tour” performance by Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Continuing the tradition started in 2006, DRA offered choreographic sponsorships to foster the creation of new dance works, an effort that yielded four new dances that had their debuts at this year’s Festival by Stephen Petronio Company, Travis Wall, Camille A. Brown and Andrea Miller’s Gallim Dance.

MOMIX presented a special performance as part of an exclusive festival kick-off party on Friday, July 16.

Since its inception sixteen years ago, Fire Island Dance Festival has raised a total of $2,219,000 for Dancers Responding to AIDS a fundraising program of Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS.

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