(AVON, CO) -- The Vail Dance Festival brings exquisite artists, collaborations, and world premieres to the community. Beyond these performances, the Festival’s Fringe Events offer a series of master classes, forums, and festivals. These endeavors connect the two-week long Festival to the community by engaging, educating, and exciting the participations on all things dance. 

Fringe Festival: These unique events encourage community members of all ages to get engaged by partaking in various activities lead by participants in the Vail Dance Festival. 

Yoga with Tiffany Fraser
This year, a one-hour yoga class will be held at the Manor Vail Tent Studio on July 27 and 28 at 9 am. Tiffany Fraser’s yoga class is alignment based Hatha Yoga, which focuses on a heart-oriented theme, yoga philosophy, and a concentration on classic poses.

Dancing in the Streets: Malpaso Dance Company
At 12 pm on July 27, any and all can join the dancers of Malpaso Dance Company in the heart of Vail at the cross street of Bridge and Gore in the Village. This free event allows the community to participate in excerpts from the Cuban contemporary dance repertory by learning their choreography.

Watching Balanchine with Heather Watts
Famed Balanchine ballerina Heather Watts’ luncheon, at Manor Vail on July 29 at 12 pm, will examine an exciting range of repertory through the lens of music, dance, structure, and historical context. She will lead an exploration of the ballets by George Balanchine featured this season at the Festival.

Tutu Tea Party
Dance, crafts and a classic tea party will be held for boys and girls ages 4-7 August 4 at 10:30 am. The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater’s social courtyard will be buzzing with excitement as special guest, New York City Ballet’s Unity Phelan, makes a special appearance. Tutus and capes provided for all!

Young Patron’s Dance Party
Hosted in the Manor Vail Tent Studio, this dance party will kick off at 6 pm with social dance lessons, great music, and light refreshments before the Dance for $20.19 show on August 6.

Dancing in the Park
Colorado Ballet and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet will perform at the Avon Performance Pavilion on August 7 at 5:30 pm. Celebrate the Beat All Stars will also take the stage during this family favorite free performance on the outdoor stage. 

Dancing in the Streets: Ballet Hispánico
On the cross streets of Bridge and Gore in Vail Village, Ballet Hispánico will provide a free chance to learn some of their exciting choreography. This event, held at 12 pm on August 10, provides attendees with a sneak peek before Ballet Hispánico wraps up the Vail Dance Festival that evening.

Festival Forums: These selective seminars allow personal discussions with some of the most renowned names in dance. Rebecca King and Michael Breeden host the podcast “Conversation on Dance” with the following artists:

James Whiteside, Creating for ABT 
American Ballet Theatre Principle Dancer, James Whiteside, will discuss his new work for American Ballet Theatre that is premiering later that day on July 27. The topics include his initial vision for the piece, the creation process, and what the audience can expect to see. Come join Mr. Whiteside from 9:30 – 10:30 am at the Manor Vail Lodge and share this special forum and his special day: his birthday!

BalletX, Imagining the Little Prince
BalletX brings the world premiere of The Little Prince, to the Vail stage. The Little Prince is a full-length story ballet for the whole family by choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic novella.

Kenneth Parris III & Melissa Toogood talk Cunningham
Artist Kenneth Parris III’s paintings and drawings are featured throughout the festival, and many include Cunningham dancer Melissa Toogood. On July 30, from 9:30 am – 10:30 am at the Manor Vail Lodge, sit down with this duo to learn about their artistic partnership.

Jon Boogz & Lil’ Buck, Dance and Social Justice 
Jon Boogz and Lil’ Buck, founders of “Movement Art Is,” will sit down to discuss how they are using movement artistry to inspire change in the world. This forum will take place at Manor Vail Lodge on July 31, from 9:30 – 10:30 am.

Lauren Lovette in Conversation
The 2019 Vail Dance Festival Artist-In-Residence, Lauren Lovette, will uncover her 2019 Vail Dance Festival experience along with her new work she is creating at the Manor Vail Lodge, August 4 from 9:30-10:30 am.

Tiler Peck in Conversation
On Monday, August 5 from 9:30 – 10:30 am at the Manor Vail Lodge, Tiler Peck discusses her newest choreographic venture that will be debuting later in the day while offering insight on her intention for the piece.

Martha Graham Dance Company in the 21st Century
The legendary Martha Graham Dance Company will be back in Vail to present a powerful program of classics and new works, featuring the Graham masterpiece Appalachian Spring, set to the iconic Aaron Copland score performed by the Breckenridge Festival Orchestra for this special evening.

Master Class Series: This series allows students to gain invaluable experience through a dance class taught by world-class dancers and instructors. If sold out, dancers can still have the chance to participate in the incredible opportunity by reserving a spot on the waitlist.
  • Contemporary with Malpaso Dance Company | July 24 at 9am
  • Ballet with Tiler Peck | July 25 at 9am
  • Ballet with Isabella Boylston | July 28 at 9am
  • Ballet with Christine Cox, Executive Director of BalletX | July 29 at 9am
  • Ballet with Rebecca King & Michael Breeden | August 2 and 3 at 9am
  • Repertory Workshop with Alonzo King Lines Ballet | August 5 at 9am
  • Ballet with Carla Körbes | August 6 at 9am
  • Ballet with Lauren Lovette | August 7 at 9am
  • Modern with Martha Graham Dance Company | August 8 at 9am
  • Ballet with Ballet Hispánico | August 9 at 9am
For more information about all of the events the Vail Dance Festival offers, visit www.vaildance.org.
About the Vail Dance Festival
Established in 1989 and held each July-August, the Vail Dance Festival makes the Vail Valley one of the top summer dance destinations in the world. Hosted by the Vail Valley Foundation, and lead by Artistic Director Damian Woetzel, the Vail Dance Festival brings a wide range of talented dancers to Vail and features new works, collaborations, free community events, and a host of events and programs that welcome one and all to enjoy the world of dance. 

About the Vail Valley Foundation
The Vail Valley Foundation is a 501c3 Colorado nonprofit with a mission to enhance the quality of life in the Vail Valley through arts, athletics and education. The organization’s work in education is through YouthPower365, which operates as its own 501c3 with a mission to provide year-round extended learning that empowers and educates the youth and families of Eagle County from cradle-to-career readiness. The Vail Valley Foundation also provides the Vail Valley with several of its most treasured annual events, such as the GoPro Mountain Games, the Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup races, the Vail Dance Festival, Hot Summer Nights and ShowDown Town free concert series’, and the Whistle Pig Vail concert series. The Vail Valley Foundation also manages and operates the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Village and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, providing more than 100 Broadway, dance, classical, rock, pop, jazz and family events per year. 

Vail Valley Foundation activities and events are made possible by cornerstone partners: the Town of Vail, Vail Resorts, GMC, and TIAA Bank. Visit www.vvf.org to learn more.



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