Latin dancers heat up Vail Dance Festival |

Latin dancers heat up Vail Dance Festival

Daily Staff Report

VAIL – The Vail Valley will undergo a rare and exotic temperature shift July 30 through Aug. 7 as a handful of Latin dance sensations turn up the heat on summer at the 2005 Vail International Dance Festival.Headlining the 17th anniversary of the festival will be Inaki Urlezaga and Tamara Rojo, along with Ballet Concierto from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Principal dancers with the Royal Ballet of London, Urlezaga and Rojo are at the forefront of a new South American dance revolution that is taking the international community by storm.

Inaki Ballet Concierto will open the festival July 30, bringing its style to the dramatic ballet “Don Quixote Suite” (Acts I & III). This ensemble has recently presented more than 70 performances of the Destiny Buenos Aires in Europe and South America with critical acclaim.American Ballet Theatre’s Paloma Herrera, touted by The New York Times as “a dance-goer’s dream” with her partner, Marcelo Gomes, will add additional Latin spice to the mix via the popular International Evenings of Dance. Slated for the Aug. 5-6, the final weekend of the festival, the International Evenings feature classical and contemporary duets and solos.”It’s a well-known fact in the dance community that some of the world’s best dancers are emerging from the Latin countries,” said the festival’s producing artistic director. “And this summer we are excited to be presenting the ‘crème de la crème’ with Tamara Rojo, Iñaki Urlezaga, Paloma Herrera and Marcelo Gomes. Without a doubt they are among today’s leading principal classical dancers.”

The 2005 Vail International Dance Festival will also showcase the talents of Trey McIntyre Project, Ballet Rosario Suarez, Iñaki Ballet Concierto, Smuin Ballet, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater.Colorado Ballet will make the short trip to the valley for an Aug. 3 world premiere of a work by commissioned choreographer Jessica Lang, while Houston’s FLY Dance Company will bring down the curtain on the 2005 Festival with a free matinee performance on Aug. 7, complete with a swift-moving mix of teamwork and harnessed athleticism that turns the concepts of classical music and hip-hop dance upside down.

All performances of the 2005 Vail International Dance Festival, with the exception of the FLY Dance Company matinee at 3 p.m., begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be hosted at the Ford Amphitheater in Vail and the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek. Individual tickets are priced from $17 to $85, while Series Passes, which allow festival-goers to attend five performances for the price of four, are available for $320 (Center Stage Pass) or $240 (Encore Pass).A Performance Plus Pass for $55 allows patrons one lawn ticket to each amphitheater performance, with the chance to upgrade to a reserved seat, if available, on the night of the show and discounts on wine. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 845-TIXS (8497) or toll free (888) 920-ARTS (2787) Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.The 2005 Vail International Dance Festival is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information, contact 949-1999 or visit Colorado

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