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Ailey II, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Marcelo Gomes and More Set for 2014 Fire Island Dance Festival, 7/18-20

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Ailey II, Complexions Contemporary Ballet,
Marcelo Gomes and More Set for 2014 Fire Island Dance Festival, 7/18-20

The much-anticipated 20th anniversary of Fire Island Dance Festival takes the stage July 18-20, 2014, as some of the top dancers and dance companies in the country offer a diverse array of artistry and genres. The festival, performed outdoors on the beautiful Great South Bay, is produced by and benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Since its humble beginnings in 1995, the festival has grown to become the cultural and charitable event of the summer in Fire Island Pines, raising more than $3.3 million.

The 20th anniversary Fire Island Dance Festival will include performances by:

· Ailey II, presenting the beloved "Wade in the Water" from Revelations, an exciting return after the piece was performed at Fire Island Dance Festival in 2003

· BalletCollective, displaying the collaborative vision of artists from different genres in an intriguing new work choreographed by Troy Schumacher, a member of the corps de ballet for New York City Ballet

· Kristine Bendul, Waldemar Quiñones-Villanueva & Ryan Worsing, performing "In the Garden," an elegant pas de trois originally choreographed and performed for Broadway Bares VII by Arte Phillips

· Complexions Contemporary Ballet, known for its aesthetically dynamic multicultural style, premiering a piece choreographed by Marcelo Gomes

· Marcelo Gomes, renowned principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre, performing the romantic balcony pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet

· Nick Kenkel, a gifted Broadway veteran-turned-choreographer and director, premiering an energetic, Afropop-infused group number

· Sara Mearns, principal dancer for New York City Ballet, starring with eight male dancers in a new work created by Emmy Award-winning choreographer Josh Bergasse

· N? Lei Hulu I Ka W?kiu, a San Francisco-based company sharing the cultural richness of Hawaii through hula dance, featuring a male trio with innovative hula choreographer Patrick Makuak?ne

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