Vail International Dance Fest rated No. 1 in Departures Magazine |

Vail International Dance Fest rated No. 1 in Departures Magazine

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Erin Baiano/Special to the Vail DailyPhilip Glass and Sokvannara Sar rehearsing at the Ford Amphitheater before their 2008 Vail International Dance Festival Performance. This photo was featured in Departures Magazine's article naming the Festival the No. 1 hottest destination in their Summer Black Book.

VAIL, Colorado -The Vail International Dance Festival was featured this month in American Express’ Departures Magazine. The magazine ranked the festival as the best bet for culture buffs in its Ultimate summer ratings guide.Published in the July/August edition of the magazine, the two-page spread is highlighted by a photo of the 2008 dance festival featuring iconic pianist Philip Glass and Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer Sokvannara Sar. The article also features a Q&A with artistic director Damian Woetzel.”The Departures Magazine spread is a fantastic kudo for the Vail International Dance Festival,” Woetzel said. “Over 1.1 million people receive Departures and a large portion of their circulation is concentrated in major metropolitan areas across the nation as well as 20 international markets, so it’s a great introduction to people who may not be familiar with the dance festival and all we are doing in the arts in Vail “In addition to promoting the dance festival, Woetzel also took the opportunity to plug some local Vail Valley establishments in the Q&A, including the Blue Moose in Beaver Creek and the Vail Chophouse in Lionshead. The “white truffle Parmesan fries and duck with foie gras ravioli at Sweet Basil” also received a special mention.Published seven times per year, Departures Magazine is designed for Platinum and Centurion card members of American Express. The magazine is a showcase for leading luxury brands, spanning every relevant lifestyle segment that aligns with the readers’ known interests and passions.The 2009 Vail International Dance Festival is slated for July 27 through Aug. 11, and will be highlighted by the return of tap legend Savion Glover, along with the third-year residency of internationally renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company. The season will also include popular favorites such as the International Evenings of Dance, Ballroom’s Best and the sophomore season of Dance for $20.09.New to the Dance Festival in 2009 will be a residency and performances featuring Miami City Ballet. The addition of Miami City to the Festival roster will mark the next installment of company residencies that began in 2007 with Pacific Northwest Ballet.Tickets for the 2009 Vail International Dance Festival are priced from $9 to $85 and are available online at or by phone at either 970-845-TIXS (8497) or 888-920-ARTS (2787).

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