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New dance intensive coming to Vail

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Special to the DailyFormer NYCB principal dancer and a Tony-nominated choreographer Melinda Roy will help lead a two-week dance intensive workshop in Vail during the Vail International Dance Festival. The workshop begins July 24.
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For the last six years, SSDI (Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive) has been teaching ballet, jazz and pilates to aspiring dancers in Saratoga Springs, New York. For the first time, SSDI is expanding its program and has chosen Vail for its second location.

“Our New York program follows a simple philosophy,” said SSDI co-director Roberto Munoz. “We believe in a reinforcing curriculum. During the day, our students take classes from world-class faculty. In the evening they attend dance-related performances. Because Saratoga is the summer home of New York City Ballet (NYCB), our students can watch them perform in the evenings, and then take class from NYCB principals who join us as guest faculty members.”

Munoz and his wife, co-director Melinda Roy, knew Vail was the only one place where they would be confident in replicating that model.

“I have known Damian Woetzel since we danced together at City Ballet,” Roy said. “We have watched as he has grown the Vail International Dance Festival into a premier annual event. We’re very excited to be making the festival performances available to our students.”

SSDI’s New York program teaches 100 students over a four-week period. The inaugural SSDI-VAIL program will be limited to less than 30 dancers for a two-week curriculum timed to coincide with the Dance Festival.

“We’re very excited about SSDI-VAIL’s arrival,” said Festival Manager Martha Brassel. “What a great opportunity for young dancers in the Vail Valley and beyond.”

Students in the SSDI-VAIL program will be taught by Roberto Munoz, former ballet master of Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and director of its ballet school, Melinda Roy, former NYCB principal dancer and a Tony-nominated choreographer, and Chad Schiro, a jazz teacher and choreographer with extensive musical theater credentials on and off Broadway. Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs will teach a master class. Vail International Dance Festival performers will also serve as guest faculty, as well as Festival Artistic Director Damian Woetzel himself.

The SSDI-VAIL program runs from July 24 through Aug. 7. Dancers must be 14-22 years old with current ballet training. Classes will be taught at Anne Powell’s Vail Valley Academy of Dance in Edwards. There are limited spots available for chaperoned boarding and day students. To learn more or register to attend SSDI-VAIL, visit http://www.ssdiballet.com and call the SSDI Administrator, Cheryl Giattini, at 239-822-6121. To learn more about the Vail International Dance Festival or buy tickets to attend, visit http://www.vaildance.org.


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