This Festival included performances by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre principal Marcelo Gomes, Joffrey Ballet Chicago principals Fabrice Calmels and Erica Lynette Edwards, Mark Stuart Dance Theatre and San Francisco Ballet principals Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith performing choreography by Christopher Wheeldon. FIDF 16 also showcased a pièce d'occasion by Shea Sullivan, a "Legacy Tour" performance by Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and a performance by MOMIX.
DRA offered choreographic sponsorships to foster the creation of new dance works, resulting in debuts by Stephen Petronio Company, Travis Wall, Camille A. Brown, and Andrea Miller's Gallim Dance.
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