Who: Dancer, choreographer, teacher, icon, presenting Open Master Classes from August 13.
Buzz: For dancers, it's an opportunity to work with one of dance's modern masters. For audiences, it's a chance to watch the mysteries of dance come alive. Add various local musicians and you've got one of the fest's hottest tickets.
Who: Dancer/choreographer and founder of Dance Co-2, performing in Plunge, part of the new Dance & Technology program, from August 10.
Buzz: Dance vet Friedman explores the idea of falling, using text, film, video and photography. Yes, multimedia can land with a thud, but Friedman and troupe, including musician Romano DiNillo and filmmaker/dancer Meredith Dault, should rise to the occasion.
Who: Choreographer/performer of Sugar & Snails, opening August 11.
Buzz: Yong's resume is impressive, with a British graduate degree, two shows with Matthew Bourne's Adventures in Motion Pictures and a current ongoing gig with Toronto Dance Theatre. He's bound to raise the temperature at Buddies with this sizzling look at sexuality and gender.