Fire Island Dance Festival Brings in Record-Breaking Sum for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

The 18th edition of the Fire Island Dance Festival, which was presented July 20-22, raised a record-breaking sum for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Produced by and benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares, the fundraiser brought in $374,260, which surpassed last year's record by more than $30,000.

In its 18 incarnations, Fire Island Dance Festival has raised more than $2.9 million.

Mo Rocca hosted the event, which featured a mix of world-renowned and emerging dancers, dance companies and choreographers. The program celebrated an eclectic array of ballet, modern, tap, hip-hop, Broadway, and contemporary dance performed outdoors.

The festival included five new works, choreographed by Rob Ashford, Monica Bill Barnes, Rennie Harris, Edwaard Liang and Lizzie MacKenzie.

“It doesn’t seem that long ago that we first came out to Fire Island Pines and raised $8,000 with 10 performers on a make-shift dance floor,” said Denise Roberts Hurlin, founding director of Dancers Responding to AIDS, in a statement. "And the reasons we do it today are just as strong and resonant as they were 18 years ago. We’re fighting to end the stigma that surrounds this disease and to make sure that no one facing these intense personal challenges does so in isolation or shame.” For more information visit