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Fire Island Dance Festival Returns July 14- 16, Tony Winner Cady Huffman to Host

Tuesday May 30, 2017

Two internationally acclaimed dance companies, a celebrated choreographer and a Tony Award-winning host have just been added to the already stellar lineup of Fire Island Dance Festival, which takes the stage July 14-16, 2017, in Fire Island, NY.

Fire Island Dance Festival (#fidance) brings established and emerging dance companies and choreographers to a stunning waterfront stage in the heart of Fire Island Pines. The annual event is produced by and benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The newly announced additions to the festival are:

Cuba-based company Acosta Danza, performing a duet that explores the splendors and frustrations of a couple in love. The Fire Island Dance Festival appearance marks the company's first performance in the United States.

Choreographer Al Blackstone, premiering a piece that paints the portrait of a man who will go to great lengths to get what he wants. The number features James Whiteside, American Ballet Theatre principal dancer.

Miami City Ballet, sharing an excerpt of Justin Peck's lauded pas de deux "Chutes and Ladders," featuring principals Jeanette Delgado and Kleber Rebello.


These performers join the previously announced lineup of Caleb Teicher & Company; EVIDENCE, A Dance Company; Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and Pontus Lidberg Dance, as well choreography from Broadway's Lorin Latarro ("Waitress") and Manuel Vignoulle.

Cady Huffman will host the weekend-long event. The charming and multi-talented Huffman won the Tony for her unforgettable performance as Ulla in "The Producers" and also was nominated for "The Will Rogers Follies." She is a favorite judge on Food Network's "Iron Chef America" and has regularly been seen on television in such shows as "Blue Bloods," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Frasier," "The Good Wife," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and more.

Also previously announced, Monica Bill Barnes & Company will kick-off Fire Island Dance Festival at the Friday night Leadership Event at Whyte Hall, reserved exclusively for Leadership Supporters.

The weekend continues with three Fire Island Dance Festival performances: the opening performance on Saturday, July 15, at 5 p.m. (cocktails starting at 4 p.m.); the sunset performance on Saturday, July 15, at 7 p.m. (cocktails following); and the closing performance on Sunday, July 16 at 5 p.m. (cocktails following).

Tickets for Fire Island Dance Festival are on sale at www.dradance.org or by phone at 212-840-0770, ext. 229. Tickets are also available in person on weekends in the Fire Island Pines harbor from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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