I was fortunate enough to spend some time recently with someone who attends (and works on) the annual Fire Island Dance Festival in the Pines. After hearing him rave, I couldn’t resist doing a little research. I was blown away by what I found.
Hosted by DRA (Dancers Responding to AIDS, a part of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS), the 3-night festival is held on the grounds of a massive private house facing the Great South Bay in the Fire Island Pines. Tituss Burgess of Kimmy Schmidt fame is hosting the 2016 festival, and I’m sure it’s going to be incredible. This year’s lineup of dancers includes the Ballet Contemporáneo de Camagüey Cuba, performing for the first time in the U.S., performers from Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Glenn Allen Sims and Linda Celeste Sims of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, to name a few.
Although this year is sold out, I’m hoping I’ll get to see it in person one of these days. In the meantime, here are some remarkable dances from previous years. While there are lots of teasers on YouTube, I wanted to post full-length dance videos. I did my best hunting, and I managed to find a few, but the video quality isn’t great.
And there are lots and lots of highlight reels on DRA’s YouTube channel, too!