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Dancing with the stars

Carolyn Pope
Carolyn PopeBeth Slifer, Bill and Julie Esrey, and Rod Slifer.

I’m addicted to Google. It’s great for all the usual information garnered, but as a columnist, I often use the tool to check my facts, correct name spellings, etc.

Before writing this article I googled Damian Woetzel, the artistic director of the Vail International Dance Festival. I also googled several of the dancers who appeared this season at the festival.

We be runnin’ with the big boys, folks. I’m under the opinion that we often take for granted what we have; when you live in the middle of immense beauty and outstanding cultural and artistic activities, it’s easy to just kind of get used to it. Try getting tickets for any of the companies featured at the International Dance Festival this year in New York (or Europe), and you’ll most likely be in the nose-bleed section, if you can finagle a ticket at all.

At the first International Evenings of Dance on August 1, patrons who support the festival financially got the opportunity to schmooze and dine in a beautiful tent beside the amphitheater. This year, the gala was presented by Vail Valley Foundation’s Cornerstone Friends, recognizing 20 years of dance in the Vail Valley. Grey Goose Vodka was a sponsor, and the guests enjoyed cocktails and a light buffet supper, then champagne, martinis, dessert and dancing. Many of the stars of the festival showed for the after-party, and, as they say, fun was had by all.

Of course, you can call the Vail Valley Foundation at (970) 949-1999 and find out how to become a part of the supporters of the Dance Festival (or the many other projects of the Vail Valley Foundation) and attend these fabulous “thank you” opportunities! http://www.vvf.org.

>> To help us publicize your event, e-mail VailCarolyn@comcast.net or call (970) 748-2989.

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photos from this event.

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