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A worldwide address for dance

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Carolyn Pope/Vail Daily Marlene Boll with Katharine and Campion Kersten.
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VAIL Katharine Kersten, producing artistic director for the Vail International Dance Festival, was honored recently at a luncheon at La Tour in Vail.Kersten has been involved with the dance festival, a project of the Vail Valley Foundation, for the past 15 years. This year marks her final with the festival. Katharine has been a wonderful addition to the community because she has great familiarity with the world of dance, said Judy Berkowitz, head of the dance committee. Now in its 18th year, the festival brings in dancers from all around the world. This year, troupes have come in from as far as China, Russia, Spain and France.

Its been an amazing 15 years, filled with ups, downs and challenging moments, Kersten said. She praised the donors and the staff, emphasizing the need for everyone involved come together to create exceptional performances.Its black and white, yin and yang, she said. Without the donors and the artists and those who work behind the scene, we wouldnt have a festival.With her help, we have expanded to include the world, Berkowitz added. Weve spanned the globe, and brought the world to Vail and made Vail a renowned, worldwide address for dance. She has put us on the map.For more information on the Vail International Dance Festival, visit http://www.vvf.org.

Judy Berkowitz and Vail Valley Foundation president Ceil Folz.

Patrice Ringler, Jennifer Kersten and Mia Vlaar.

Clockwise, from lower left: Christine Piquette, Allie Coppeak, Arte Davies, Meredith Kennedy and Julia Foster.

Denise Briner and Gretta Assaly, who has been a major supporter of dance in the valley. Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado


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