Dance festival brings two of the world’s top ballerinas to Vail
VAIL – Two of the world’s leading ballerinas, Tamara Rojo and Paloma Herrera, will perform on the Ford Amphitheater stage during the Vail International Dance Festival, which begins July 30.Rojo, a product of Spain’s renowned Compania de Danza Victor Ullate and currently a Principal Dancer with the Royal Ballet of London, will help open the festival on Saturday, July 30, along with partner Inaki Urlezaga and Ballet Concierto from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She will team with Urlezaga again on Friday, Aug. 5, for the first of two International Evenings of Dance.
This past month, Rojo was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, sharing the honor with acclaimed dance teacher Maya Plisetskaya. The annual Prince of Asturias Awards are intended to acknowledge scientific, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out internationally by individuals, groups or organizations in eight categories.Rojo was selected for a “combination of the best in classical tradition and the need to seek out new challenges that is unequalled at this point in time, demonstrating a maturity of interpretive skills that sets her in a class of her own on the great international stages.””Tamara Rojo is a veritable dance treasure,” Katherine Kersten, oroducing artistic director for the Vail International Dance Festival, said. “With the tremendous honor of this award, the rest of the world is finally recognizing what the international dance community has know for some time.”
Born in Buenos Aires, Herrera began her ballet studies at the age of 7, winning several major competitions in South America before concentrating her studies at Russia’s Minsk Ballet School. A finalist in 1990 at the International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria, Herrera was invited to take class with the English National Ballet in London, while continuing her studies at the School of American Ballet (SAB) in New York.After just six weeks, she was selected to dance the lead in SAB’s annual workshop performance, eventually joining the American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in 1991. Herrera was promoted to a soloist with ABT in 1993 and has reigned as Principal Dancer since 1995.Vail Colorado