On a picturesque waterfront stage overlooking the Great South Bay, this year’s Fire Island Dance Festival welcomed ballet, modern and contemporary dance powerhouses on July 15-17, 2016. The 22nd annual edition of the summer’s most talked-about cultural and charitable event in Fire Island Pines raised a record-breaking $560,133.
The festival included the world premieres of five works. Since the festival began in 1995, 56 new works have had their premieres at Fire Island Dance Festival.
Featuring an unparalleled lineup of dancers, choreographers and generous supporters, the festival set a fundraising record for the sixth year in a row. In its 22 editions, Fire Island Dance Festival has raised more than $4.8 million to help ensure that those in need living with HIV/AIDS and other debilitating illnesses in New York and across the country have access to lifesaving medications, counseling, healthy meals and emergency financial assistance.
The festival's five premieres were choreographed by Al Blackstone, whose Freddie Falls in Love premiered this summer at New York’s Signature Theatre; Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz, artistic directors and co-founders of MADBOOTS DANCE; Abdul Latif, a former Broadway dancer who recently opened his own performing arts firm, Abdul Latif – D2D/T; Andrea Miller, a Guggenheim Fellow and founder, artistic director and choreographer of Gallim Dance; and Darrell Grand Moultrie, an in-demand choreographer who has worked with such diverse talents as Beyonce and Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus.
Dancers Responding to AIDS, founded in 1991 by former Paul Taylor Dance Company members Denise Roberts Hurlin and Hernando Cortez, is a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre and dance communities, since 1988 Broadway Cares has raised more than $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.