The 2020 edition of Fire Island Dance Festival, the charitable event of the Fire Island summer, is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As heartbreaking as this decision is, it has become clear that bringing together dancers and supporters is not something we can safely do,” said Denise Roberts Hurlin, founding director of Dancers Responding to AIDS. “We are grateful to everyone in the Pines for their support and friendship over these 26 years, and look forward to returning to the shores of the Great South Bay in 2021.”
The event had been set for Friday-Sunday, July 17-19, 2020.
Although this year’s event is canceled, you can donate in support of Fire Island Dance Festival. Every dollar helps provide health and hope to those most in need today, friends and neighbors who are often forgotten, left behind or abandoned by the federal government’s response to the pandemic.
As a show of ongoing support for the Fire Island community, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is sending a $25,000 grant to the Pines Care Center to help ensure the island is safe and healthy.
Through their generous support, Fire Island Dance Festival attendees have helped ensure that the most vulnerable among us throughout the New York metro area and in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., receive lifesaving medications, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance. The event has raised more than $6.7 million since it began in 1995.
Past festivals have welcomed acclaimed dance companies including Acosta Danza, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Hispanico, Caleb Teicher & Company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, the Chase Brock Experience, MADBOOTS DANCE, Miami City Ballet and MOMIX, and featured choreography by Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Al Blackstone, Gemma Bond, Michelle Dorrance, Marcelo Gomes, James Kinney, Lorin Latarro, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Paul Taylor, James Whiteside, Charlie Williams and Tony Award winners Rob Ashford, Jerry Mitchell and Christopher Wheeldon.
Thank you to Leadership Event Sponsor DIRECTV and all the individual sponsors for their continuing support of Fire Island Dance Festival.