Dancing the night away in Vail
Vail Daily Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – The evening opens with a cool glass of white wine. Ludwig Terrace is glowing in the late afternoon light and the paper lanterns hung overhead promise an intimate evening. Everyone is in their best dungarees and stylized Western button-downs. One woman is even sporting cowboy boots.
Not soon after everyone has enjoyed getting to know one another, professional dance instructor Colin Meiring leads the group of four couples in the first and hardest lesson of the evening: telling the ladies that the men are in charge when it comes to dancing.
Everyone laughs when he follows that statement with another claiming that the women have an easy job remembering that though the men lead, the women are always on or in the “right.” The country music reverberates in the glass room and everyone begins dancing in their coupled groups and the fun begins.
The Sonnenalp presents “Dancing Under the Stars” on Ludwig Terrace as an alternative date night for couples or as a gathering place for local singles who want something a little different than the traditional bar crawl or dinner and a movie.
Should you choose to attend, the experience is one you will not soon forget. There is a cocktail meet-and greet with a complimentary bottle of wine followed by an hour of instruction on the particular dance of the evening and a three-course dinner. The first Friday, the theme was two-step and country, and therefore the dinner of summer fruit salad, filet (or salmon) and peach cobbler was especially coordinated. After dinner everyone is invited to the dance floor for an hour of dancing; certainly a chance to practice your new moves.
Don’t be afraid if you’ve never danced in your life – Meiring makes it easy to have a great time and learn the dances. Meiring is an accomplished dance instructor whose goal on these evenings is to make it “Easy, fun, social, interactive, and joining coordination with style.” He inherited his dancing ability and his affable instructing techniques from his mother, who taught ballroom dancing at her studio in South Africa. He said he is looking forward to teaching all four sessions because the dances are popular and easy to learn. Tonight he will teach salsa and meringue, and then disco hustle and tango are left for the next two evenings.
The evening does not have to stop at dinner and dancing. The Sonnenalp has created a package for singles or couples who want a luxurious summertime Vail experience. After the festivities, guests can retire to the Junior Suite and relax in front of the quaint fireplace in the bedroom or overlook the town from the private balcony.
Guests can enjoy the nature-inspired pool area or a walk around the stunning outdoor grounds. In the morning, brunch at Ludwig Terrace is offered to guests as part of the package. Offerings range from fresh fruit to moist danish and quiche.
Though most of the evening is spent under the stars of the Rocky Mountains as seen through the glass ceiling in the terrace, the morning light sends glittering shadows from the aspen leaves across the floor, as if they too are dancing with the memory of last night.