The Fire Island Dance Festival, Hosted by Tituss Burgess, Kicks Off Today

News   The Fire Island Dance Festival, Hosted by Tituss Burgess, Kicks Off Today
 
The annual summer event features outdoor performances overlooking Great South Bay.
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The 2016 Fire Island Dance Festival kicks off July 15 with stage and screen actor Tituss Burgess as the host. The three-day festival is produced by and benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of BC/EFA, and features outdoor performances in Fire Island Pines on a stage overlooking Great South Bay.

Clifford Williams in the 2015 Fire Island Dance Festival
Clifford Williams in the 2015 Fire Island Dance Festival Whitney Browne

The festival line-up includes Ballet Contemporaneo de Camaguey Cuba’s, a contemporary ballet company performing outside of Cuba for the first time; Dance Theatre of Harlem, known for acclaimed contemporary works and celebrating African American culture; tap dance company Dorrance Dance; New York-based Gallim Dance; KEIGWIN + COMPANY, performing a piece commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and Madboots Dance, an all-male contemporary dance company; as well as choreography by Al Blackstone (Freddie Falls in Love) and Adbul Latif, artistic director of D~Squared Dance.

Since its inception in 1995, the festival has raised more than $4.3 million. Last year, the event raised a record-breaking $544,555.

Performances run through July 17. For more information visit dradance.org.

(Updated July 15, 2016)

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