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Vail Friends of the Dance honored Vail Youth Ballet Company elite dancers, their teachers and parents at the year end Awards Banquet with a lovely luncheon at Vista this past weekend. They celebrated their accomplishments and successful season of events highlighted by the Nutcracker Ballet performances at Vilar Performing Arts Center. Chosen by her instructors at Vail Valley Academy of Dance Sophia Walder received the prestigious Award of Excellence based on motivation; dedication; passion for dance and learning, focus, determination and leadership. Calley Gottbehuet was honored with the Vail Youth Ballet Company Peer Award for her commitment to dance, responsibility, respect for others, cooperative spirit, good nature and sportsmanship. Faye Hargraeves and Katie Deck received the Service Awards for their commitment of volunteer time and leadership roles in an educational enrichment program at Edwards Elementary School, in addition to other community service projects. Through funds provided by Vail Friends of the Dance, these outreach development programs give our youth the opportunity to share their joy and passion for dance with our entire community. Photos by Brian Maloney. Photography.

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