Vail International Festival of Dance starts July 30 |

Vail International Festival of Dance starts July 30

Daily Staff Report

The Vail International Festival of Dance, which enters its 17th season this coming summer, opens Sunday, July 30, and runs through Aug. 13, with performances hosted at both the Ford Amphitheater in Vail Village and the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek. Headlining the 2006 Festival will be a musical spectacular July 30 as legendary opera star Jessye Norman joins forces with choreographer Trey McIntyre for an evening titled “The Diva, The Duke and The Dance,” featuring music from Duke Ellington in song and dance, along with the world premiere of McIntyre’s “Go Out” set to bluegrass spirituals by Ralph Stanley, John Hartford and Nina Simone.

Don’t miss the National Ballet of China, renowned for its masterful productions of elegance and beauty, Friday, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. The company is creating new languages of dance, blending Chinese culture and folk dance with Western techniques, resulting in a dynamic fusion revered the world over.

Footworks Percussive Dance Company will bring down the final curtain Sunday, Aug. 13, at 3 p.m. with everything from the clogging of Southern Appalachia and the step dances of Ireland to the hoofin’ of early jazz tap. Visit for more information.

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