Holiday concert at the Vilar in Beaver Creek |

Holiday concert at the Vilar in Beaver Creek

Sarah Mausolf
Vail CO, Colorado
HL Tis the season 01 JF 12/6/08

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Inside an Edwards dance studio, girls clad in pointe shoes leapt across the floor.

Watching from a nearby piano bench, Vail Youth Ballet Company artistic director Colin Meiring noted, “This is where the snow starts to fall.”

Indeed, when the ballerinas perform this excerpt from the Nutcracker at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, fake snow will flutter from the ceiling as the dancers glide across the stage in white tutus.

Titled “Snow,” the dance will be part of this weekend’s holiday show called “Tis the Season.” Anne Powell, the choreographer for the dance, said she hopes it brings a little joy to audience members during tenuous economic times.

“I would hope it puts them in the spirit of the season for Christmas or whatever holiday they participate in,” she said.

Such is the idea behind “Tis the Season,” a community concert set for Friday and Saturday. A variety of children’s and adult performance groups will join forces for the show. They include the Vail Youth Ballet Company, The Vail Performing Arts Academy, the Vail Dickens Carolers and Mountain Harmony. A number of musicians who typically perform at apre ski venues are part of the lineup as well.

From the Vail Youth Ballet, audience members can expect winter-themed ballets, a tap number based on the Rockettes, a swing dance and a hip hop piece starring a dozen boys dressed as ski patrolers, Meiring said. The Dickens Carolers will sing “Silent Night” as ballerinas perform a lyrical dance.

The Vail Performing Arts Academy will bring back excerpts from their recent show “Viva Las Vegas.”

Meiring describes the line-up as “lighthearted, fresh entertainment.”

The show is a fundraiser for the Vail Performing Arts Center’s Community Performance Fund. Meiring hopes to raise $20,000.

The community performance fund covers labor, production and technical costs community groups face when they hold shows at the Vilar.

Meiring said the discounted rates allow local community groups to continue using the Vilar Center.

“Otherwise it’s not affordable or accessible,” Meiring said. “We’d all come to a grinding halt.”

High Life Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2938 or

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