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See the music, hear the dance, Vail Valley

Vail Daily staff report
Vail Valley, CO Colorado
The first Vail International Dance Festival UpClose performance focuses on tap dancer Savion Glover in Beaver Creek Tuesday night.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – While the sometimes dubious maneuverings of politicians through the ages has forced the dictionary to include a new definition of tap dancing, there will most certainly be no sign of distractions or rationalizations in Colorado’s Vail Valley Tuesday night when tap dance wunderkind Savion Glover lets his feet do the talking in Beaver Creek.

A special “UpClose” evening with Glover will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek.

Glover, acclaimed as the “greatest tap dancer that ever lived” by Gregory Hines, is determined to not only celebrate his art form, but to also propel it forward for future generations.

“My style is young,” Glover said. “Funk. I feel like it’s one of my responsibilities to keep the dance alive, to keep it out there, to keep the style.”

The UpClose evening, which features discussion, demonstration and performance, provides a perfect stage for the great hoofer to show and explain how he makes music and dance inseparable, manipulating his feet to appear that they have more moveable joints than physically possible.

“This Up Close evening with Savion will provide a wonderful opportunity for our audience to be both entertained and educated by his dance process,” said Vail International Dance Festival Director Damian Woetzel, who will also serve as the host of the evening. “Not only will you get incredible insight into Savion’s philosophy of tap dance, but you are going to get a one of a kind inside look at one of the greatest dancers that ever lived.”

Glover has redefined tap dancing, speaking to the world with a power and ease that has stunned and captivated many, reverberating with the rhythm of a unique musical language.

Tickets for the UpClose evening with Savion Glover are $45 and $55, with a special $30 children’s ticket also available.

Tickets for all performances of the 2009 Vail International Dance Festival are available online at or by phone at either 970-845-TIXS (8497) or 888-920-ARTS (2787).

What: UpClose with Savion Glover

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

Cost: $45 and $55, with a special $30 children’s ticket also available

More information: or 970-845-TIXS (8497)

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