Photo Spotlight: See the dancers take to the skies for the in-person return of the Fire Island Dance Festival

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Photo Spotlight: See the dancers take to the skies for the in-person return of the Fire Island Dance Festival

The festival has raised over $650,000 for Dancers Responding to AIDS, a Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS program.

Queer The Ballet
Nina Würtzel


The personal return of Fire Island Dance Festival took place July 15-17 and raised $655,090 to benefit Dancers Responding to AIDS, a Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS program. The three-day event was hosted by American Ballet Theater principal dancer James Whiteside.

This year’s performances included four world premieres – two pas de deux, the festival’s first non-binary duet and an ensemble number – by choreographers Joshua Beamish, Adriana Pierce, Caleb Teicher and Abdiel, and Akira Uchida.

Since its creation in 1995, Fire Island Dance Festival raised more than $7.7 million to help provide lifesaving medicine, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance to those in need in all 50 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico. This support also includes a $25,000 grant again this year to the Pines Care Center in recognition and support of the Fire Island Pines community.

The return of Fire Island Dance Festival was supported by the Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation in memory of Diana King, the SHS Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and corporate sponsors M•A•C Viva Glam, The New York Times and United Airlines.

As a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Dancers Responding to AIDS supports essential programs of The Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actors Fund), including the HIV/AIDS Initiative and The Dancers’ Resource, as well as more than 450 and family service organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit dradance.org

Buglisi Dance Theater
Nina Würtzel


Jake Tribes
Evan Zimmerman


Chalvar Monteiro of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Nina Würtzel


Harrison James and Ben Rudisin
Nina Würtzel


Catherine Hurlin
Evan Zimmerman


Caleb Teicher and Abdel
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Choreography by Akira Uchida
Evan Zimmerman


The heritage of the Fosses du Verdon
Nina Würtzel


James Whiteside
Evan Zimmerman


Parsons Dance at Leadership Event
Evan Zimmerman


Denise Roberts Hurlin and Tom Viola at the Fire Island Dance Festival
Evan Zimmerman


Fire Island Dance Festival Company
Nina Würtzel


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