Vail Dance Festival Fringe Events throughout the season bring dancers into community
AVON — The Vail Dance Festival invites the community to participate in Fringe Events throughout the season. The Festival’s Fringe Events are in addition to the annual performance schedule and provide numerous opportunities to engage with performers and nurture the community’s involvement and appreciation of dance.
Fringe Events schedule
• Dancing in the Streets Merce Cunningham Centennial, noon Friday, Aug. 3, Vail Village, free — This is a special mid-day performance celebrating the Merce Cunningham Centennial in the heart of Vail. See excerpts of iconic Merce Cunningham choreography from dancers performing his repertory, past and present. Spectators will even have a chance to learn some of the choreography.
• Film screening experience: “West Side Story,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, Vail Mountain School, $10 — This interactive “West Side Story” film screening experience features select excerpts of the iconic film hosted by Artistic Director Damian Woetzel, who explains its everlasting impact on dance, culture and the world through the artistic collaboration of Jerome Robbins’ choreography and Leonard Bernstein’s musical compositions.
At the conclusion of the screening experience, audience members are invited to join Woetzel outdoors to learn some of the film’s famous choreography. All ages are welcome.
• Young Patrons Party with special guest Phyouture “Lil P,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, $25 — Join fellow dance enthusiasts for a pre-performance reception with Vail Dance Festival’s scholar-in-residence, Phyouture “Lil P.” All guests will receive an official Vail Dance Festival 2018 poster and be entered for a chance to win a Vail Dance Festival VIP Gift Bag.
• Tutu Tea Party with American Ballet Theatre’s Devon Teuscher and Cory Stearns, 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, $80 — Special guest appearance and photo opportunity with American Ballet Theatre’s Teuscher and Stearns, plus dance, activities and a classic tea party for girls and boys ages 4 to 7.
Tutus will be provided for all little dancers. Parents are welcome to join the tea party fun or a complimentary yoga class with Melissa Bartoletta from Mountain Soul Yoga held in Ford Park.
• Dancing in the Streets: BalletX in Lionshead Village, noon Friday, Aug. 10, Lionshead Village on the Vail Square at The Arrabelle, free — See Vail Dance Festival favorites from BalletX dance it out on the streets.
• Dancing in the Streets: BalletX on Top of Vail Mountain, 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, Eagle’s Nest, performance is free; gondola pass required to get to Eagle’s Nest — BalletX is making the trek up to the top of Vail Mountain for the final Dancing in the Street of the 2018 Vail Dance Festival. Come see a teaser for the company’s Saturday, Aug. 11, performance surrounded by the beauty of the mountains.
• Master Class Series, times vary through Friday, Aug. 10, Vail Mountain School — Each summer, the Vail Dance Festival Master Class Series gives advanced dance students from all over the opportunity to learn and gain invaluable dance experience from world-class dancers and instructors.
This summer’s classes and instructors include master tapper Michelle Dorrance, Memphis jookin’ with Lil’ Buck and Ron Myles, New York City Ballet principal dancers Tiler Peck and Lauren Lovette, Alonzo King LINES’ ballet master Meredith Webster, New York City Ballet’s Unity Phelan, former Miami City Ballet principal dancer Patricia Delgado, Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breedon, jazz dancer Barton Cowperthwaite, director of Juilliard Dance Alicia Graf Mack, artistic director of Ballet Hispanico Eduardo Vilaro, BalletX artistic director Christine Cox and renowned dancer Carla Korbes.
• Festival Forums, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 3; Saturday, Aug. 4; and Sunday, Aug. 5, Manor Vail Lodge, $20 — Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden from the popular podcast series, “Conversations on Dance” host in-depth discussions with festival artists from dancers — past and present — to musicians and choreographers.
The Forums are inspirational and thought-provoking conversations with those engaged in the dance world. You can hear selections from the 2017 Vail Dance Festival here. A limited number of tickets are available, and price includes light food and drink.
For more information on Fringe Events and to buy performance tickets, visit http://www.vaildance.org. Follow the Festival on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.