The Vail Dance Festival is known for its exceptional artistry, unique collaborations and commissioned new works. Learn more about new works created yearly in Vail as well as the first Festival event outside of our Colorado home that was held at New York’s City Center, ReMix NYC.

Since Damian Woetzel stepped into the role of Artistic Director in 2007, the Festival has made the creation of new works a priority. From 2007 to 2017, Woetzel commissioned 68 new works which carry the name of the Vail Dance Festival in perpetuity.

Launched in 2011, the NOW: Premieres program – an evening devoted to world premieres – brings new works to life, nurtures emerging talent and fosters collaboration among artists from diverse backgrounds. “It’s an evening that inspires enthusiastic anticipation and delivers rich rewards.” –The New York Times

World Premiere Date Choreography By
Release My Heart 8.4.07 Ron K. Brown
The Orchard 8.4.07 Damian Woetzel
(Preview) Fool’s Paradise 8.11.07 Christopher Wheeldon
Prokofiev Pas de Deux 8.11.07 Christopher Wheeldon
Vicissitudes 8.11.07 Edwaard Liang
Song V 7.27.08 Bulareyaung Pagarlava
Solitude In Numbers 8.4.10 Sang Jijia
Fandango 8.6.10 Alexei Ratmansky
Rock Steady 8.6.10 Larry Keigwin (w/Ashley Browne, Aaron Carr)
Romper El Piso 8.8.10 Natalia Hills
Archetypes 8.8.11 Emery LeCrone
Shoe Wither Revival 8.8.11 Richard Siegal
The Music’s Coming Through Me 8.8.11 New Styles Krew
Gravity Heros 8.8.11 Trey McIntyre
Switch Phase 8.6.12 Matthew Neenan
Solo for Sy 8.6.12 Jill Johnson
Fall Falls 8.6.12 Brian Brooks
Varone Variation – Lamentation Variations Project 8.6.12 Doug Varone
3 Movements and 4 Repeats 8.6.12 Christopher Wheeldon
Tango Trio 8.3.13 Analia Centruion, Herman Cornejo, Gabriel Missé, Damian Woetzel
Sunshine 8.2.13 Larry Keigwin
Entanglement 8.2.13 Brian Brooks
Les Hommes De La Legande 8.2.13 Lil Buck, Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles, Ringmaster Nugget, Keviorr Taylor
Canvas 8.2.13 Larry Keigwin
All Will Be Still 8.3.13 Fang-Yi Sheu
Partita 8.3.13 Lil Buck & Damian Woetzel
Anywhere On the Road 8.5.13 Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles & Fang-Yi Sheu
American Dreamer 8.5.13 Paul Taylor
Street Scenes 8.1.14 Damian Woetzel & Artists
Unrepeatable 8.1.14 Fang-Yi Sheu
Tabla-Ture 8.2.14 Damian Woetzel & Lil Buck
Counterpoint 8.4.14 Brian Brooks
Talk to Her 8.4.14 Fang Yi-Sheu
1X1 8.4.14 Fang-Yi Sheu & Shantala Shivalingappa
Memphis Born 8.4.14 Lil Buck, Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles, Keviorr Taylor
Pheromones 8.4.14 Fang-Yi Sheu
Blooming 8.4.14 Shantala Shivalingappa & Lil Buck
Increasing 8.4.14 Matthew Neenan
Dig the Say 8.4.15 Lil Buck, Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles, Damian Woetzel
Day for Night for Vail 8.4.15 Pam Tanowitz
Desire Liar 8.4.15 Silas Reiner & Rashaun Mitchell
Show Me 8.4.15 Matthew Neenan
Migration 8.4.15 Fang-Yi Sheu
Easy Win 8.4.15 John Heginbotham
L.O.V.E. 8.7.15 Alejandro Cerrudo
Time it was 8.7.15 Bill Irwin, Tiler Peck, Damian Woetzel
Y Dance 8.7.15 Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener
Vail Dance Jam 2016 7.30.16 Lil Buck, Shantala Shivalingappa, Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles,
“Audacious Adi” Malcolm, Damian Woetzel
Universe 8.5.16 Gabriel Missé & Carla Espinoza
Lessons in Tradition 8.5.16 Michelle Dorrance & Bill Irwin
Milongon 8.6.16 Herman Cornejo
Zapateado 8.6.16 Valeriano Paños & Rafael Estévez 8.6.16 Developed by Damian Woetzel & Michelle Dorrance
Romance Study #4 8.8.16 Silas Riener + Rashaun Mitchell
Liquid Velvet 8.8.16 Jodie Gates
Jodi Kate ravel 8.8.16 Jodi Melnick
Solitaire 8.8.16 Claudia Schreier
Blooming II 8.8.16 Lil Buck & Shantala Shivalingappa
Credo 8.8.16 Matthew Neenan
Post Performance 8.13.16 James Whiteside
Wait 8.13.16 Lil Buck & Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles
Farewell 8.5.17 Matthew Neenan
Tranquil Night, Bright and Infinite 8.7.17 Claudia Schreier
Solo for Patricia 8.7.17 Pam Tanowitz
Entr’acte 8.7.17 Pam Tanowitz
Angles of the Get-Through 8.7.17 Lauren Lovette
we seem to be more than one 8.7.17 Michelle Dorrance, Dario Natarelli & Dancers
Lamentation Variation 8.7.17 Lil Buck

November 2016

In Damian Woetzel’s tenth year as Artistic Director of the Vail Dance Festival, City Center presented three programs and an UpClose performance channeling the spirit of our acclaimed summer dance event in the Rocky Mountains. Read the review here.

The event included Sara Mearns performing Ratmansky’s Fandago, hailed by The New York Times as the dance of 2016: “And in November, the illustrious Sara Mearns danced the New York premiere of Mr. Ratmansky’s ballerina solo “Fandango” (created for Wendy Whelan in 2010 at the Vail International Dance Festival, to Boccherini music). Ms. Mearns blazed; her musicality electrified. If I had to choose one 2016 performance by one dancer, this would be the one.” — Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times

Program Information:
Thursday | Nov. 3, 2016 | 8pm



Herman Cornejo, Tiler Peck, Isabella Boylston, and Misa Kuranaga



(Dorrance/Toogood/Lil Buck/Fairchild)

Michelle Dorrance, Melissa Toogood, Lil Buck, and Robert Fairchild




Sara Mearns


This Bitter Earth


Isabella Boylston and Calvin Royal III, with Kate Davis (vocals)




Carla Körbes


Divertimento Brillante


Tiler Peck and Joseph Gordon


Lil Buck @ City Center: A Jookin’ Jam Session

(various composers/Lil Buck and others)

Lil Buck, Yo-Yo Ma, and other artists


Friday | Nov. 4, 2016 | 8pm



Robert Fairchild, Tiler Peck, Isabella Boylston, and Devon Teuscher


Leaves are Fading


Tiler Peck and Cory Stearns




Carla Körbes




Sara Mearns


Lil Buck @ City Center: A Jookin’ Jam Session

(various composers/Lil Buck and others)

Lil Buck and other artists


Saturday | Nov. 5, 2016 | 8pm



Keigwin + Company


Ife / My Heart  

(Rucker/R. Brown)

Matthew Rushing


Anywhere on This Road


Fang-Yi Sheu and Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles


Suite from Mazurkas


Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild


First Fall


Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks


Liquid Velvet


Carla Körbes and Jared Angle


This Bitter Earth


Isabella Boylston and Calvin Royal III, with Kate Davis (vocals)



(Das/Lil Buck/Woetzel)

Lil Buck and Sandeep Das


Divertissement Pas de Deux from A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Tiler Peck and Jared Angle


Switch Phase




Sunday | Nov. 6, 2016 | 3pm

UpClose: Footwork

In this performance event, Damian Woetzel coaches dancers and deconstruct their work onstage in front of the audience while providing musical and choreographic context. Joining Woetzel to illustrate the sophistication of footwork in a wide variety of genres are Lil Buck, Carla Espinoza, Robert Fairchild, Carla Körbes, Gabriel Missé, Tiler Peck, Matthew Rushing,Fang-Yi Sheu, and others.





Back to Top