2021 Vail Dance Festival Fringe Events

Newly announced programing offers a variety of exciting ways for the public to engage with the eagerly anticipated return of the 2021 Festival and its artists.  

Avon, Colo., Jun. 16, 2021 — The Vail Dance Festival’s public Fringe Events tickets are on sale now, rounding out the full schedule of dynamic and interactive programming for the 32nd season July 30 – Aug. 9, 2021. In addition to world-class dance performances returning to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, the 2021 Festival is set to feature a Master Class Series, Conversations on Dance Festival Forums, free Dancing in the Street performances, and much more. Under the artistic direction of Damian Woetzel, the 2021 Festival returns to continue the tradition of creating innovative opportunities for artists and audiences across nine performances and numerous Fringe Events. 

“After more than a year of separation and isolation, it is truly exciting to once again offer opportunities for audiences and artists to reunite in the Vail Valley in the collective spirit of dance,” says Artistic Director Damian Woetzel. “No doubt, this year’s Festival will be a joyful and emotional celebration of gathering anew. As we prepare to come together again, with appropriate safety measures in place as needed, we are pleased to partner with the community to provide a variety of engagement opportunities ranging from master classes with distinguished artists and teachers, topical forum discussions, and lively free public performances in the heart of the beautiful Colorado Rockies.”  

Ticketed Fringe Events are on sale now at vaildance.org and through the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Box Office located at 530 S Frontage Road E in Vail. The Box Office hours are 11:00 am through 5:00 pm daily. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at 970.845.TIXS (8497). Festival performance tickets are currently on sale as well. The 2021 Vail Dance Festival Fringe Events include: 

Master Class Series
July 29 to August 9 
9:00 – 10:20 am, 10:30 – 11:50 am
Vail Mountain School
3000 Booth Falls Road, Vail
Tickets: $30 Participants | $15 Observers

Advance level dancers are invited to join a highly acclaimed roster of Master Classes taught by some of the biggest names in dance representing New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Broadway, and much more. Each class is limited to 25 participants allowing for an intimate space to train in a variety of styles ranging from ballet, tap, and modern technique. The 2021 Master Class Faculty includes Ballet classes with Isabella BoylstonIndia BradleyMichael Sean BreedenChristine CoxJean-Pierre FrohlichRebecca King FerraroMaria KowroskiCleo Parker Robinson Dance EnsembleTiler PeckCalvin Royal IIICory Stearns, and Devon Teuscher. Offerings also include Broadway with Robbie Fairchild, Tap class with Dario Natarelli, Jookin with Lil Buck and Ron Myles, Repertory classes with Tara KeatingLauren LovetteJustin Peck, and Jamar Roberts, Hip Hop with Byron Tittle, 90’s Jazz with James Whiteside, Modern Cunningham Technique with Melissa Toogood, and Dance Fitness with Unity Phelan. All classes will be taught at an advance level and are intended for pre-professional students. Tickets are $30 to dance and $15 to observe. Space is limited and advance purchase is highly encouraged. To view the detailed 2021 Festival Master Class schedule and to purchase tickets please visit vaildance.org/master-class-series-2021/. 

Conversations on Dance Festival Forums 
July 30 – August 1, August 4 – 9 
9:30 – 10:20 am
Manor Vail Lodge Piney Ballroom
595 East Vail Valley Drive, Vail
Tickets: $25

Former Miami City Ballet dancers Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden host their popular podcast series Conversations on Dance from Vail with lively, in-depth discussions with Festival artists. Tickets are $25 and include light snacks and drinks. The series is underwritten by the Town of Vail. Visit vaildance.org/festival-forums-2021/ for more information and to purchase tickets. The schedule includes: 

Fri. July 30: New York City Ballet MOVES with Jon Stafford
Sat. July 31: Artist-in-Residence: Calvin Royal III
Sun. Aug. 1: BalletX Beyond: Christine Cox 
Wed. Aug 4: Partners Across the Plaza: Tiler Peck and Herman Cornejo
Thu. Aug 5: Maria Kowroski in Conversation
Fri. Aug 6: Playing for City Ballet: Cameron Grant
Sat. Aug 7: Empowering Boys in Dance: Justin Peck and Robbie Fairchild
Sun. Aug 8: Celebrating 50 Years: Cleo Parker Robinson
Mon. Aug 9: NOW: Premieres: Lil Buck and Lauren Lovette  

Watching Dance with Heather Watts 
Tuesday, August 3 
11:00 am – 12:00pm
Vail Mountain School Theater
3000 Booth Falls Road, Vail
Tickets: $25

Following her sold-out Vail Dance Festival presentation in 2019, legendary Balanchine ballerina Heather Watts shares an interactive exploration of dance repertory through video footage and live demonstrations with Festival Artists. Tickets are $25 and event proceeds will benefit the Vail Valley Foundation’s YouthPower365 Celebrate the Beat afterschool arts program. 

Dancing in the Park with Ballet X
Thursday, August 5 
5:30 pm (Gates open for general admission lawn seating at 5:00 pm)
Avon Performance Pavilion at Harry A. Nottingham Park
1 Lake Street, Avon
Tickets: Free 

Described as “daring and inventive” by Dance Magazine, Company-In Residence BalletX will perform at the Avon Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park in a program that includes selections from their critically acclaimed repertoire. Opening the evening will be a special appearance by YouthPower365’s Celebrate the Beat with other special guests to be announced. This event is underwritten by the Town of Avon. 

Dancing in the Streets
July 29, Aug 1, 7 – 8
Solaris Plaza
141 East Meadow Drive, Vail 
Tickets: Free 

Dance leaps into the heart of Vail Village with one-of-a-kind free performances that gathers participants and spectators together in a collective spirit of community and celebration. Audiences, dancers and enthusiasts of all levels and abilities are invited to celebrate the joy of dance with Festival Artists and fans alike. The series kicks off at 6:00 pm on Friday, July 29 in a special preview performance with Festival Artists. Additional performances include BalletX at 12:00 pm, Sunday, August 1, followed by a special “Empowering Boys in Dance” event with Dario NatarelliCalvin Royal III, and James Whiteside on Saturday, August 7 at 12:00 pm. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble will close the special public performance series on Sunday, August 8 at 12:00 pm. 

Tiny Dancer Tea Party
Saturday, August 7
10:00 – 11:30 am
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Social Courtyard
530 S Frontage Rd E, Vail
Tickets: $50

An event for the littlest dancers with the biggest dreams. Boys and girls ages 4-7yrs old are invited to join Festival artists Tiler Peck and Chris Grant at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Social Courtyard on Saturday, August 7 for a special meet and greet event with crown and tiara decorating, a dance session, snacks, and fun! The ticket price includes a 2021 Festival t-shirt and a choice of “Boys Dance!”, “Katarina Ballerina”, or “Firebird” illustrated children’s book. Hosted by Laura & Charlotte Parker and Anne Verratti. 

About the Vail Dance Festival
Established in 1989 and held each July-August, the Vail Dance Festival makes the Vail Valley one of the top summer dance destinations in the world. Hosted by the Vail Valley Foundation, and led by Artistic Director Damian Woetzel, the Vail Dance Festival brings a wide range of extraordinary dancers and musicians to Vail and features new works, collaborations, education initiatives, free community events, and a host of programs that welcome all to enjoy the world of dance.  

About the Vail Valley Foundation
The Vail Valley Foundation is a 501c3 Colorado nonprofit corporation with a mission to enhance the quality of life in the Vail Valley and showcase our community to a global audience through arts, athletics and education.  The organization’s work in education is through YouthPower365, a 501c3 Colorado nonprofit corporation with a mission to provide year-round extended learning opportunities that empower and educate the youth and families of Eagle County from cradle-to-career readiness. The Vail Valley Foundation also provides the Vail Valley with several of its most treasured annual events, such as the GoPro Mountain Games, the Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup races, the Vail Dance Festival, and the Hot Summer Nights and ShowDown Town free concert series’. The Vail Valley Foundation also manages and operates two performing arts centers, the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Village and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, providing more than 100 Broadway, dance, comedy, classical, rock, pop, jazz, community and family events per year.  

Vail Valley Foundation activities and events are in part made possible by cornerstone partners: the Town of Vail, Vail Resorts, Beaver Creek Resort Company, GMC, Nature Valley, Pacifico, and TIAA Bank.  

To learn more about the Vail Valley Foundation activities and events visit www.vvf.org 

Media contact:
Joel Solari

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