Locals trip the light fantastic for charity at dancing gala | VailDaily.com

Locals trip the light fantastic for charity at dancing gala

As we wrap up the Vail International Dance Festival, which features the pros from the ballet, modern, street and tap world, let’s reflect on the Star Dancing Gala, which features locals strutting their stuff on the stage.

Many of the dance professionals who were here for the two-week festival have been dancing since they were three years old, and that is their only profession. The local notables featured at the Star Dancing Gala have little if any professional training and since 2009 they have put their blood, sweat, maybe a few tears and a lot of sore muscles into this endeavor and have emerged as shining stars on the stage.

The Star Dancing Gala started as an idea to showcase locals paired with professional dance instructors performing various dance routines to add a little pop to the typical fundraiser. With television shows such as “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” being so popular, the Vail Valley Foundation’s YouthPower365 capitalized on this entertainment sensation and it hasn’t looked back.

Attendance for the event has been as high as 900, but the Vail Valley Jet Center can handle the masses. They convert Hangar No. 3 into a ballroom complete with lighting effects and big screens to view the fancy footwork up close. Guests are treated to a five-star, four course dinner, cocktails, a live auction and dancing. It is a one-of-a-kind event that has gained so much traction over the years that people actually bid at the auction for the chance to dance on stage at the next Star Dancing Gala.

We had a chance to catch up with a few of the dancers between make up and the event itself to hear about how they were handling the stress. It’s a little different to perform on stage when you don’t do this for a living. View the video at http://www.vaildaily.com.

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