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Fire Island Dance Festival Announces 20th Anniversary Performances, 7/18-7/20

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Fire Island Dance Festival Announces 20th Anniversary Performances, 7/18-7/20

Fire Island Dance Festival, the most anticipated event of the season on Fire Island, returns July 18-20, 2014, for its stunning 20th anniversary edition, featuring some of the most exciting and talked-about dance companies in the industry. The festival, produced by and benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS, is performed outdoors against the dazzling backdrop of the Great South Bay.

Since the summer of 1995, Fire Island Dance Festival has grown to become the cultural and charitable event of the summer in Fire Island Pines, raising more than $3.3 million. Tickets for Fire Island Dance Festival are on sale now at dradance.org or by phone at 212.840.0770, ext. 268.

This year's performers, choreographers and host will be announced this spring. Past festivals have welcomed dancers from the country's top modern and ballet companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company, New York City Ballet, Pilobolus and MOMIX, and featured iconic choreography by Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Lar Lubovitch and Tony Award winners Rob Ashford and Jerry Mitchell. Celebrity hosts have included Alan Cumming, Ana Gasteyer, Whoopi Goldberg, Bebe Neuwirth, Phylicia Rashad, Caroline Rhea, Mo Rocca and Bruce Vilanch.

"It's humbling to think about the growth we've had over the past 20 years thanks to the support of the Fire Island Pines community, our generous donors and sponsors, the talented dancers and choreographers and our tireless volunteers," said Denise Roberts Hurlin, founding director of Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. "Although the face of HIV/AIDS has changed in the last two decades, the fight is far from over. This summer we'll celebrate our collective achievements knowing that our expanded mission has allowed us to grow, while ensuring that those we originally set out to help, those living with HIV/AIDS, continue to receive the lifesaving assistance they need."

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