Specials surround Savion’s Vail show
VAIL, Colorado – Family will be the focus for the Vail International Dance Festival’s opening night as tap dancer Savion Glover returns to Vail, Colorado July 27 and 28 for two performances.Both shows, Monday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, and Tuesday at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, will feature special ticket prices for children 12 and under. Children’s tickets for the Monday Amphitheater show are priced at $10, while theTuesday UpClose performance at the Vilar Center children’s price is $30.”These nights with Savion Glover will be a wonderful chance to enjoy the greatest tap dancer on the planet like never before,” said Damian Woetzel, director of the Vail International Dance Festival. “The audiences will see the music and hear the dancing as he shows us all how he makes sound and motion inseparable.”The prelude to Savion will begin on Sunday as the Vilar Center will host a free family screening of the animated hit movie “Happy Feet” at 6:30 p.m. Glover created the dance magic for the film, serving as co-choreographer while also dancing for Mumbles, the movie’s penguin star, thanks to high tech motion capture technology. The free showing of “Happy Feet” is a special bonus addition to the Vilar Center’s free family film series.In addition to the movie, families will also have a pre-show opportunity to learn some tap dance basics, with a free demonstration and instruction, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Vilar Center lobby, courtesy of students and teachers from the Vail Valley Academy of Dance.Once at Monday’s Ford Amphitheater performance, families will also be able to take advantage of a special “Dance & Dogs” meal deal, with a complete meal for four from the concession stand for $25. The meal will include four all-beef hot dogs or veal bratwurst, four bags of chips, four sodas and four candy bars. The Dance & Dogs meal deal would normally retail for $52.A Tony Award winner for “Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk,” Glover has collaborated on an incredible range of projects during the course of his illustrious career, from music videos with P Diddy to films with Spike Lee, appearances on Sesame Street and a recent tour of tap dancing to classical music favorites.The Monday Amphitheater performance will also feature live music with tap band Bare Soundz, along with accompaniment jazz quartet The Otherz. The Tuesday UpClose show at the Vilar Center will features discussion, demonstration and performance, with the audience getting a look at both the artist and his art form.Tickets for Savion Glover are priced at $55 and $75 for reserved amphitheater pavilion seating, $17 for general admission lawn seating and $10 for children for the Monday performance.Tickets for the Tuesday UpClose evening are priced at $45 and $55 at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, with a special $30 children’s ticket also available.Tickets for all performances of the 2009 Vail International Dance Festival are available online at http://www.vaildance.org or by phone at either 970-845-TIXS (8497) or 888-920-ARTS (2787).