Latin dancers heat up Vail International Dance Festival |

Latin dancers heat up Vail International Dance Festival

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Special to the DailyInaki Urlezaga, above, and Ballet Concerto will open the 2005 Vail International Dance Festival on Saturday, July 30, with the ballet Don Quixote (Acts I & III) and Destiny Buenos Aires.

VAIL – With South American and Latin nation dancers continuing to dominate the dance world, Vail will be on the cutting edge of the art form as Argentina’s Inaki Urlezaga leads a group of Latin dancers to the valley July 30 through Aug. 7, for the 2005 Vail International Dance Festival.A dancer since the age of 8, Urlezaga is considered one of today’s superstars of the stage, said festival organizers, having been accepted as an apprentice with the New York City Ballet as a 14-year-old, following one year of study with the School of American Ballet.

That same year, he was invited by his instructor, Hector Zaraspe, of the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, to perform in Venezuala, Colombia, Nicaragua and finally, Miami.In 1992, Urlezaga captured the silver medal in the junior division at the International Ballet Competition in Paris, following that up with a medal and two mentions in the 1993 event in Moscow.A member of the Royal Ballet of London since 1996, Urlezaga was elevated to the position of Principal Dancer the following year, forming his own company, Ballet Concierto in 1999. Ballet Concierto will accompany him to Vail for the festival.

Urlezaga and Ballet Concierto will open the 2005 Vail International Dance Festival on Saturday, July 30, with the ballet “Don Quixote (Acts I & III)” and “Destiny Buenos Aires.” Joining Urlezaga for this performance will be another Latin sensation, Tamara Rojo, also a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet of London.”Inaki is one of the dance world’s absolute greatest,” Katherine Kersten, producing artistic director of the festival, said. “Our audiences are in for a very special treat and an incredible performance seeing him partner with the great Tamara Rojo.”

For those unable to attend the festival’s opening night, Urlezaga and Rojo will perform together again on Friday, Aug. 5, for the first installment ofthe International Evening of Dance, joining forces with five other principal couples from around the globe.Tickets for all performances of the 2005 Vail International Dance Festival are currently on sale and are priced from $17 to $85. A variety of packages are also available, including Dine and Dance ($60) and Performance Plus ($55). Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 845-TIXS (8497).The 2005 Vail International Dance Festival is presented by the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on either the foundation or the International Dance Festival, contact 949-1999 or visit

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