See Dance Differently at The 2015 (21st Annual) Fire Island Dance Festival

Make your plans now to attend Fire Island’s most anticipated event of the season. The Fire Island Dance Festival  (July 17-19, 2015, Fire Island Pines, NY) has wowed audiences for 20 years with an eclectic mix of famed and fast-rising dancers from Broadway to Ballet performing on a stunning waterfront stage with the Great South Bay as a backdrop. During the festival’s 20 years, 48 new works have had their world premieres at Fire Island Dance Festival.

To date, Fire Island Dance Festival supporters have raised $3.8 million for the most vulnerable among us, helping to ensure that they receive lifesaving medications and health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance.

This year’s line of performers includes:

American Ballet Theatre, presenting in-demand choreographer Liam Scarlett’s intimate “With a Chance of Rain,” featuring principal dancers Isabella Bolyston and Cory Stearns.

• Aszure Barton & Artists, a collective of visual, sound and performing artists evoking the movement-based vision and free spirit of its founder through her adventurous choreography.

The Bang Group, negotiating the perilous and hysterical results of David Parker and  Jeffrey Kazin wearing neck-to-toe Velcro suits in “Slapstuck.”

Jon Bond & Joaquim de Santana, members of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, exploring gravity-defying movement with fluidity and intensity.

Ashley Bouder & Amar Ramasar, principal dancers with New York City Ballet, creating an intriguing juxtaposition onstage with powerhouse precision and infectious enthusiasm.

• Dorrance Dance, honoring tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new and dynamically compelling context by pushing the boundaries of tap rhythmically, aesthetically and conceptually.

• Marcelo Gomes, a Brazilian-born principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre, and violinist Charles Yang,
combining Gomes’ own irresistibly charismatic choreography with Yang’s explosive playing in Paganini.

On the Town, one of America’s classic musical comedies currently playing at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre, showcases “Lonely Town Pas de Deux,” choreographed by Emmy winner Joshua Bergasse, inspired by Jerome Robbins’ original choreography, and featuring Kristine Covillo and Stephen Hanna

Parsons Dance, hailed as “one of the hottest tickets in contemporary American dance,” performing Trey McIntyre’s “Hymn” which premiered at Fire Island Dance Festival in 2007.

• Sonya Tayeh, nominated for an Emmy Award for her choreography on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, premiering a duet showcasing her bold, unrelenting style of contemporary jazz.

Tickets start at only $125 and include open bar. Tickets available at dradance.org or by calling 212.840.0770, ext. 268. The festival is produced by and benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Funds raised by DRA are distributed through Broadway Cares to AIDS and family-service organizations nationwide and to the essential social service programs of The Actors Fund.