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High altitude society column: From barre to bubbly

Betty Ann Woodland
VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

“Come meet us again for the first time” was the tagline for the Friends of the Dance community outreach and soiree that took place Saturday at the Vail Valley Academy of Dance (VVAD). Community members were treated to an abbreviated Vail Youth Ballet Company class and Nutcracker rehearsal at VVAD in Edwards. Afterward, guests made their way to the home of Senenne and Marc Philippon to learn more about the Friends of the Dance history, philosophy and mission.

Included in that mission is “Friends of the Dance ensures that dance education will be an essential presence in the community and supports those individuals involved in dance.” FOD provides financial assistance to students. They also sponsor master classes in conjunction with the Vail Valley Foundation’s International Dance Festival and offer exciting performance oppurtunities with professional companies. Many of these students participate in summer dance workshops across the country. One dancer even studied in Russia.

Artistic Director Anne Powell read a inspiring quote given to her by her daughter, “Dance at its best teaches self-discipline and inspires independence, trust, creativity and self-motivation. Dance teaches respect for ourselves as well as others.”

Powell is especially excited for about the upcoming Nutcracker performance held on Dec. 9, 10 and 11 at the Vilar Center.

“Come and see,” she said. “The students are amazing. We have wonderful costumes and lights. The Vilar Center is a wonderful venue to see this. You will have a great time.”

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

The performance often sells out so be sure to buy your tickets in advance. For more information call Kelley Bontempo at 970-390-1458

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