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Vail Performing Arts Academy hosting a pair of fundraisers

Special to the DailyThe Vail Performing Arts Academy is hosting two fundraisers this weekend. There's a Saturday night dance at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion and Sunday dinner at E/Town in the Edwards Riverwalk. The VPAA is celebrating its 15th anniversary. On March 20, they stage their spring showcase, "Kidz Rock." This crew was performing "Pirates of Penzance."

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – The Vail Performing Arts Academy is celebrating its 15th anniversary next week, but before they take those bows, they need to have a little fun and raise a little money.

They’re hosting a pair of fundraisers this weekend: a dance Friday at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion and Sunday dinner at E-Town in the Edwards Riverwalk.

Next weekend, they perform “Kidz Rock,” their spring showcase featuring break dancing, hip-hop and the music of the millennium, even if the millennium is still a little young.

“It’s all the music teens and tweens are listening to,” said Annah Scully, who founded the VPAA in 1996. “It’s a tribute to popular teen sensations of the millennium.

With the Vail Performing Arts Academy, students receive theater arts direction from some of the industry’s top professionals and perform in places like the Vilar Center.

It’s for kids between the ages of 8 and 18, and more than 2,500 kids have participated in the past 15 years.

It’s all about the kids learning to work together, Scully says.

“There is nothing like watching a student discover that ‘I can do this’ feeling,” Scully said.

The Vail Performing Arts Academy does a different type of show every time they hit the stage. Last fall, it was big band music and ballroom dancing.

They’re 15 years old and so after “Kidz Rock,” they’ll continue celebrating their 15th anniversary with a summer show called “13.”

Scully is joined by Colin Meiring, artistic director/choreographer for the Vail Performing Arts Academy.

Meiring started his performing arts career at age 6, competing for and winning national ballroom dancing titles in South Africa. He diversified into musical theater, television and film, and performed in national tours of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “Grease,” “Camelot,” “A Chorus Line” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

He has performed with Eartha Kitt, Ben Vereen, Gloria Estefan, Mary Wilson and Tony Danza while entertaining for Royal Caribbean and Silversea Cruises.

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