Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the Vail International Dance Festival is renowned for its artistic excellence and unparalleled programming. Events will take place July 28 through August 10, 2013 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail and the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. Tickets for the 2013 Vail International Dance Festival (VIDF) will go on sale Wednesday, March 13 at 11 a.m. (MST). Under the leadership of Damian Woetzel, artistic director and former New York City Ballet principal dancer, the 2013 VIDF will host a total of 11 performances. Tickets are priced from $13 to $95 and are available online at www.vaildance.org or via phone at 888-920-ARTS(2787). Series and student pricing is also available through the Performance Plus and Center Stage Passes.

This year’s Festival will kick off on Sunday, July 28 with a 25th Anniversary Celebration performance, featuring a variety of artists including Vail native Jonathan Royse Windham from Gallim Dance, Charles "Lil Buck" Riley, Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild from New York City Ballet, International tango stars Analia Centurión and Gabriel Missé, Keigwin+Company, plus Pacific Northwest Ballet in George Balanchine’s Serenade, accompanied by a full orchestra.

Festival Director Damian Woetzel will host UpClose: Footwork, a 25th Anniversary Benefit Performance, on Wednesday, July 31 at the Vilar Performing Arts Center. The program will showcase virtuoso footwork, celebrating amazing technical feats in dance styles ranging from Memphis jookin’ to ballet and Tango with Charles “Lil Buck” Riley, Gabriel Missé, Festival Artists-in-Residence Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild, American Ballet Theatre's Herman Cornejo, modern dance star Fang-Yi Sheu, and other Festival Artists.

VIP Tickets for the benefit event are $275 and include one premium UpClose ticket to the performance, plus an exclusive post-performance dinner party with Festival dancers and artists in the private dining room at 8100 restaurant in Beaver Creek. Performance only tickets are also available for $75 and $95. Proceeds from UpClose: Footwork will benefit the Vail International Dance Festival.

The Festival also brings back the highly anticipated International Evenings of Dance on Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.  A stellar cast of the world’s greatest in dance will take the stage for two unique programs, with performances by Sergei Polunin (Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet), Charles "Lil Buck" Riley, Carla Körbes (Pacific Northwest Ballet), Isabella Boylston and Herman Cornejo (American Ballet Theatre), Tiler Peck, Lauren Lovette, Robert Fairchild, Daniel Ulbricht and Zachary Catazaro (New York City Ballet), Maria Kochetkova (San Francisco Ballet), among others.

Additional 2013 Festival highlights are performances by Pacific Northwest Ballet on July 29 and July 30, Paul Taylor Dance Company on August 8, the popular sampler evening Dance for $20.13 on August 6, an evening of World Premieres on August 5, and the made-for-Vail showcase Ballroom Spectacular on August 9. The Festival will close on Saturday, August 10 with the wildly popular Dance TV program with live performances by celebrity dancers from “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “America’s Best Dance Crew,” and more.

“Each year we look forward to reaching young dancers, families and lifelong dance lovers," said Damian Woetzel, VIDF artistic director. "We’ve had a fantastic run of 25 years here in Vail and we look forward to another 25 years of inspired performances, education and community programming."

The complete lineup for the 2013 Vail International Dance Festival, along with artist information, photos and videos is available online at www.vaildance.org.

Follow the Festival on Twitter @VailDance and on Facebook at Vail International Dance Festival for updates, additions and features. The Vail International Dance Festival is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation and is directed by Damian Woetzel.

2013 Vail International Dance Festival Full Schedule:

$20/$60/$80 A star-studded evening featuring a variety of Festival artists, and Pacific Northwest Ballet in George Balanchine’s Serenade with full orchestra.

Mon. July 29 - 7:30 p.m. PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET
$20/$55/$75 Evening repertoire will include ballet’s ultimate classic Swan Lake (Act II)* and the Vail Premiere of a new work by Christopher Wheeldon.*Choreography by Kent Stowell.

$45/$55/$75 Neo-classical masterpieces by the legendary choreographer George Balanchine: Apollo, Concerto Barocco, and Agon.

Wed. July 31 - 7:30 p.m. UPCLOSE: FOOTWORK
Performance Only: $75/$95
VIP Ticket: $275 (Includes a Premium seat to the performance, plus an exclusive dinner party with Festival artists. Limited availability.) An UpClose look at virtuoso footwork and hosted by Festival Director Damian Woetzel.
Fri. Aug. 2 & Sat. Aug. 3 - 7:30 p.m.INTERNATIONAL EVENINGS OF DANCE I & II
$20/$70/$90 An illustrious cast of the world’s greatest in dance share the stage in two unique evenings. “Simply the best gala I have attended in decades.” – The New York Times

$20/$55/$75 An evening of world premieres commissioned for VIDF’s 25th anniversary, including a new creation by legendary modern dance master Paul Taylor. Other acclaimed choreographers presenting new works include Larry Keigwin, Charles “Lil Buck” Riley, Brian Brooks, and Fang-Yi Sheu.

Tues. Aug. 6 - 7:30 p.m. DANCE FOR $20.13
$13/$20.13 Specially priced tickets for every seat in the house in this popular sampler performance, featuring a variety of Festival artists.
Tickets on sale June 13, 2013

Thurs. Aug. 8 - 7:30 p.m. PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY
$20/$60/$80 In their only full-evening appearance at the Festival, the Paul Taylor Dance Company performs an evening of Taylor’s iconic works including the masterpiece Esplanade.

Fri. Aug. 9 - 7:30 p.m. BALLROOM SPECTACULAR
$20/$60/$80 A made-for-Vail showcase with ballroom champions from around the world performing a variety of dances, from the waltz to the rumba, cha-cha, merengue, samba, tango and foxtrot.

Sat. Aug. 10 - 7:30 p.m. DANCE TV
$20/$55/$75 The Festival closer brings the thrill of dance on the small screen to life, with spectacular artists from hit shows "Dancing with the Stars," "So You Think You Can Dance," "America's Best Dance Crew," and more.


Media Contact: Julie Kapala, jkapala@vvf.org, 970.331.4803
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