Vail-area dancers present ‘Flashback’ |

Vail-area dancers present ‘Flashback’

Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyCallie Palmer, 14, left, and Shannon Henderson, 14, right, of the Vail Youth Ballet, rehearse their dance " Don Quixote" for the upcoming performance "Flashback" Saturday at the Vail Valley Academy of Dance in Edwards, Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” Take a walk down memory lane as Vail Performing Arts Academy and the Vail Youth Ballet Company present a retro review for their spring showcase appropriately called “Flashback” at Vail Mountain School in Vail, Colorado on Saturday.

Vail Performing Arts Academy opens the show with musical production numbers that capture the “American Bandstand” and “Soul Train” song and dances of the ’60s. More than 60 local students ages 8 to 18 will transform the stage into a high impact teen musical review featuring songs from the hit Broadway musical “Hairspray.”

“We wanted to do something that reflects the changes our society has experienced over the last five decades,” said Annah Scully, Executive Producer of Vail Performing Arts Academy. “These numbers are more than just entertaining. They also are a chronicle of American evolution, and the impact that young people have in moving our culture forward.”

“The message of this show is one of unity and acceptance,” added Colin Meiring, Artistic Director of Vail Performing Arts Academy and Vail Valley Dance Academy. “Given the times we live in, this is a message that has fundamentally changed our world. Presenting it in this show with a variety of retro-song and dance styles is both enjoyable and inspirational.”

Vail Youth Ballet will present their glimpse into the past through dance numbers that range from “Austin Powers,” ’70s disco, swing, classical ballet, and hip hop.

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“We have such outstanding student talent here in our valley,” Meiring said. “These performance opportunities instill life skills that are the stepping stones to success in education, career and adulthood and in turn foster an abiding interest in the arts and a desire for learning at all stages of life.”

“Also, these performances are just a blast to be a part of, whether you are a performer, staff member, volunteer, or audience member. As the song goes: You can’t stop the beat!”

“Flashback” will debut Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Vail Mountain School Theatre. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students at the door. All proceeds benefit Vail Performing Arts Academy and Friends of the Dance.

For more information on upcoming Vail Performing Arts Academy programs please visit or call 970-926-2370. For information for Friends of the Dance call 970-390-1458.

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