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Love of dance, chocolate

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Special to the Daily The Vail International Dance Festival will gift wrap all ticket purchases until Feb. 14 for Valentine's Day, complete with a heart-shaped chocolate sucker on top.
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VAIL – Through Tuesday, all Vail International Dance Festival ticket purchases will be delivered in a specially gift-wrapped box and topped with a heart-shaped chocolate sucker.The 2006 edition of the festival, scheduled for July 30-Aug. 13, will open with a bang as opera star Jessye Norman joins forces with choreographer Trey McIntyre for “The Diva, The Duke and The Dance,” featuring the music of Duke Ellington in song and dance, along with the world premiere of McIntyre’s “Go Out.”

The focus will then shift north of the border on Aug. 2 as the Jeune Ballet du Quebec brings its contemporary flavor to the Vail Valley. Opening weekend will be highlighted by the International Evenings of Dance, Aug. 4-5, featuring principal couples from around the globe, performing classical and contemporary pas de deux.Week two will get under way Aug. 8 with a Different Dimensions performance, showcasing the contemporary talents of Denver’s Cleo Parker Robinson, along with ODC/Dance of San Francisco and the Nevada Ballet Theatre.Heading south of the border for the second week, the festival welcomes Mexico’s Ballet de Monterrey, featuring an infusion of classical ballet with Mexican musical heritage.

The National Ballet of China will take to the stage on Aug. 11, blending Chinese culture and folk dance with Western technique, while the closing weekend will be highlighted by “Ballroom’s Best,” an entire evening of ballroom dancing on Aug. 12, and a free family matinee on Sunday, Aug. 13.Tickets for the 2006 Vail International Dance Festival are priced from $14-$85 and may be purchased online at http://www.vaildance.org or by calling 845-TIXS (8497) or 1-888-920-ARTS (2787).



The 2006 Vail International Dance Festival is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on the festival or the foundation, call 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.Vail, Colorado


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