Vail International Dance Festival

Vail International Dance Festival 2017

Vail Dance Festival in the House!

It’s impossible to conceive of a place like Vail… until you actually live here and spend all four seasons in this magical valley. Yes, we have world class slopes for riding snow, whatever your poison and the options for apres enjoyment are endless. Yes, we draw world-class winter athletic events, like the FIS Alpine World Ski Racing Championships and the Burton U.S. Open Competition for Snowboarding, and we are even renowned for our  backcountry terrain, but you really haven’t lived (and with all due respect don’t know) all of the colors of Our Lady Vail until you’ve spent a summer here.

What’s blowing our doors right now is the Vail International Dance Festival. How our little community has managed to attract this incredible cultural event in our “off season” baffles the mind, but here we are, enjoying life in our little mountain town, and letting the show come to us! No pilgrimage to New York City or even to Denver. Just a staycation with the likes of Martha Graham and Dorrance Dance. Don’t get us wrong; we understand the attraction to our special little pocket of paradise, but that doesn’t stop us from being impressed by the range of dance professionals that turn up each year to spend time here and to grace the stage of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre and the Villar Performing Arts Center with their performances. Add to these venues this year the Avon Performance Pavilion, Beaver Creek rising beyond it with traces of snow still glistening from its peaks, and you have quite the trifecta.

On August 2nd attend an intimate rehearsal-style performance at Villar hosted by Damian Woetzel to honor the launch of the centennial birthday year of legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins. Woetzel, the artistic director of the entire festival, worked closely with Robbins during his time as a Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet. Or, if you prefer the more relaxed atmosphere of the amphitheater, consider an evening Celebrating Women Choreographers, featuring a collection of new works by female choreographers and performed by a stellar cast of ballet, modern, and contemporary dancers. This one happens on August 7th. The list goes on and on, and if you have the family in tow or just want a more relaxed and super affordable option, there’s always the lawn seating that is a local favorite.

With all amphitheater events starting at 7:30, La Tour Restaurant is an obvious choice for a pre-show splash and dinner or hors d’ oeuvres. We’re always here for you at 122 East Meadow Drive… just off the cobbles and keeping a light on for all those who seek a little libation, a little deliciousness, and some excellent company. See you soon!

For reservations call 970-476-4403
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