CAA partners with cross-sector community organizations including non-profit, educational, religious, governmental, and other agencies to distribute free tickets to each of the world-class performances throughout the course of the Festival. This program was introduced IN 2016 to further the Festival’s commitment to making the arts accessible and available to everyone and expose the art of dance to new audiences. CAA’s mission is to provide complimentary access to individuals eliminating socioeconomic barriers to access. This program builds on an existing Vail Dance Festival outreach programs, which offer free performance tickets to local children. Festival tickets are distributed through local partners and offer premium seating throughout the season at both Festival venues, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and the Vilar Performing Arts Center.




CAA Partners:

For opportunities to become a part of or contribute to this critical outreach program, please contact Sarah Johnson (





2019 Community Scholar // Underwritten by Senenne & Marc Philippon

The Community Scholar Program engages a local Eagle County high school student who is passionate about the arts and connecting with the Vail Valley. The 2019 Community Scholar, Azul Meza, participated in Vail Dance Festival Master Classes, observed rehearsals and explored behind-the-scenes happenings. She also supported the Community Arts Access program that connects the Festival with the community while deepening appreciation of the arts.





Each year, we offer high school and college dance enthusiasts the opportunity to join our team during the Vail Dance Festival. Interns and Ambassadors will work closely with Festival staff and will be considered an integral part of the overall success of the Festival. This is a great learning opportunity and resume builder for someone who is interested in the Arts and events.



Pop Hop is a summer program of Celebrate the Beat. The traditional program is a week-long dance camp designed to foster teamwork, creativity and the joy of accomplishment through dance. Pop Hop culminates in a performance at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater during Vail Dance Festival’s International Evenings of Dance. Questions? Visit For summer 2020, Pop Hop will be a virtual camp!

Celebrate the Beat is a nonprofit that provides the highest quality in-school and after-school dance programs for all children that improve their physical health and well-being, inspires them to believe in themselves, and establishes a standard of excellence that impacts all aspects of their lives. The program was created by Tracy Strauss and introduced in Eagle County in 2007 by Vail Dance Festival Artistic Director Damian Woetzel and the program and its participants have been thriving since.

Number of participants: 725+ students each year. Ages: 9-14.




Back to Top