Tickets on sale for Vail International Dance Festival 2005 |

Tickets on sale for Vail International Dance Festival 2005

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VAIL – Looking to avoid the annual last minute Christmas gift panic attack? The Vail International Dance Festival has the perfect stocking stuffer for you.Tickets for the 2005 edition of the Dance Festival, scheduled for July 30 through August 7, have been on sale since Dec. 16. Tickets may be purchased by calling (970) 845-TIXS or 1-888-920-ARTS, as well as online at”The Vail International Dance Festival makes a wonderful Christmas gift,” said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. “In addition, purchasing tickets now will ensure you have the best seats available for what is destined to be a truly special celebration of the international dance community’s premier performers.”

Take one of this country’s most renowned summer dance festivals, sprinkle generously with spicy Latin seasonings, and you have the 2005 edition of the Vail International Dance Festival.The Festival, which enters its 17th season this coming summer, will open on Saturday evening, July 30, and run through Sunday afternoon, August 7, with performances hosted at both the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail and the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek.Headlining the 2005 Festival will be Inaki Urlezaga and Tamara Rojo, along with Ballet Concierto from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Principal dancers with the Royal Ballet of London, Urlezaga and Rojo are at the forefront of the new Latin and South American dance movement that is taking the international dance community by storm.

In addition to Inaki and Tamara, the 2005 festival lineup will include Spain’s Paloma Herrera and Angel Corella of American Ballet Theatre, as well as principal couples and ensembles from leading ballet companies throughout the world.”The 2005 Vail International Dance Festival will definitely showcase the best of the best,” offered the festival’s producing artistic director Katherine Kersten. “We are indeed fortunate to have international superstars such as Inaki Urlezaga, Tamara Rojo, Paloma Herrera and Angel Corella as part of our festival. I think it’s safe to say that this is a real coup to have these four on one stage together.””Dance critics around the world agree that Inaki, Tamara, Paloma and Angel are among the current stars of dance,” Kersten continued. “All four of these dancers are revered throughout the dance world. This coming summer, our audiences will have a unique opportunity to see classic and contemporary artists in a wonderfully intimate setting.”

Urlezaga and Rojo will open the 2005 Vail International Dance Festival on July 30, with a performance with Ballet Concierto at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. The popular International Evenings of Dance are scheduled for Friday, August 5, and Saturday, August 6, while the Fly Dance Company, a youthful mix of street, hip-hop and innovative dance, will bring down the final curtain on the festival with a free matinee performance on Sunday, August 7.The 2005 Vail International Dance Festival is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on the Dance Festival or the Foundation, contact (970) 949-1999 or visit Colorado

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