Industry experts talk about dance |

Industry experts talk about dance

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Learning to appreciate dance, its music and the athletic ability of its players, can sometimes be intimidating. What was the inspiration for this choreography, you may ask. You may wonder what makes a certain dancer the best in the world.Vail International Dance Festival created Dance Dialogues, a free series of informative and educational seminars about dance, to provide such answers for festival-goers.Each presentation relates to a performance featured in the festival line-up. The seminars are designed to enhance enjoyment and understanding of the dance art form. The Dance Dialogues offer an opportunity to engage in discussions with some of the powerhouses of the dance industry and the creators behind much of what will be showcased during the festival.”This will give viewers a chance to see highlights of these companies and wet their appetites for their actual performances,” Katherine Kersten, festival producing artistic director, said.Dance Dialogue “American Dance Genius” is Tuesday noon-1 p.m. at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek. Marian Horosko, internationally renowned dance journalist, author, producer, former soloist of the New York City Ballet, performer in the film “American in Paris,” the Broadway show “Oklahoma” and advocate of raising awareness about medical problems in dance, will host this dialogue. Horosko will explore the legacy of American dance and its geniuses.

“Ask me any question about a name of period of dance, and I will provide you with the information,” Horosko said.”Through the Choreographer’s Eyes” is Wednesday noon-1 p.m. at the Vilar Center. Cinncinati Ballet Artistic Director Victoria Morgan and choreographer Trey McIntyre, who will present the world premiere of “Chasing Squirrel” on Tuesday and Wednesday, will discuss the creative process from the first thought to the final bow.On Friday, the dialogues conclude at the Ford Amphitheater with Eldar Aliev, former Kirov Ballet principal and current artistic director of Ballet Internationale, discussing the Russian style and essential pursuit of excellence. Ballet Internationale is performing at the amphitheater Saturday night as part of “Different Dimensions: A Festival Within a Festival,” featuring four different companies performing a signature repertoire. Another Fringe Festival benefit happens Friday and Saturday when Les Ballet Africains, the national dance company of the Republic of Guinea will perform a “Fringe Festival Cameo Appearance” at Beaver Creek Plaza and the Children’s Fountain in Vail Village respectively. This is an opportunity to sneak a peak of the dynamic group before their formal performances at the amphitheater Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and a full performance at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday matinee is designed for families and children.The Dance Dialogues and Fringe Festival appearances are all free and open to the public. Tickets to the festival performances are available by phone at (970) 845-TIXS (8497), online at or in-person at the Ford Amphitheater, located in Vail, Colorado, and Vilar Center box offices.

“American Dance Genius”Tuesday, 12-1 p.m.Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek

Wednesday, 12-1 p.m.Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek

Friday, 12-1 p.m.Ford Amphitheater

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