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Vail International Dance Festival offers locals discounts

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The Vail International Dance Festival is pleased to bring back its “3 for $33” punch card program. Cardholders will receive three general admission (lawn) seats to any three performances held at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Punch cards are available for purchase at the Vilar Center box office or at the Amphitheater box office for $33 each, a savings of $18 off of the face value. The punch card allows Festival-goers to pick any three of six performances, providing greater flexibility over a traditional ticket. This year’s Amphitheater performances are: International Evenings of Dance – Aug. 6 and 7

The festival opens with the always-popular International Evenings of Dance. Produced by Festival Director Katherine Kersten, these evenings are known for the quality and diversity of the participating artists. This year’s schedule features Ethan Stiefel and Gillian Murphy, principals with American Ballet Theatre, Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares, principals with The Royal Ballet, Shoko Nakamura and Jurgen Wagner from Vienna State Opera Ballet, Eric Gauthier from Stuttgart Ballet and Victor da Silva and Natalie Wolf, champion ballroom exhibition dancers. Victor Ullate Ballet – Aug. 12 and 13Back by popular demand, Victor Ullate Ballet promises to deliver an extraordinary dance experience. Expect a sensual mix of classical ballet flavored by Spanish culture. Each evening features unique repertoire.

Different Dimensions: A Festival within a festival – Aug. 14Four companies take to the stage, each performing a signature piece. Ballet Internationale presents Russian Treasures – a tribute to Marius Petipa. Although a Frenchman, Petipa spent his career in Russia and is widely recognized as the father of the three-act classical ballet. Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet takes dance beyond the obvious and into the realm of snostalgia with Suite Etta, performed to a collection of Etta James’ most popular songs. Buglisi/Foreman Dance performs a choreography of Donlin Foreman’s Mean Ole’ World.The evening is topped off by the guest appearance of the Russian ballerina Ida Nevasayneva of Les Ballets Trockadero de Mont Carlo in one of Anna Pavlova’s most signature solos.

Les Ballets Africains – Aug. 15Les Ballets Africains bring the Festival to a conclusion with two performances – an afternoon family matinee and an evening performance. Les Ballets Africains explode on stage with tribal rhythms, dramatic celebrations and sheer physical energy. The matinee performance is one hour with no intermission followed by a photo opportunity with the company.”3 for $33″ punch cards are available for all of these shows as well as regular individual tickets ranging from $17-$85. All tickets are available at the box offices, by phone at 888.920.ARTS(2787) or online at http://www.vvf.org/dance.cfm.For more information about the Festival please visit http://www.vvf.org or call 949-1999.