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Cornerstone works of American dance, performed by the extraordinary dance artists of today.
The first half of the performance will be Jerome Robbins’ acclaimed 1944 debut ballet, Fancy Free. Set to a rollicking Leonard Bernstein score, the ballet brings to life the adventures of three sailors on shore leave in WWII era New York City. Tiler Peck dances in the ballet for the first time in Vail, joined by a mix of stars from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet (NYCB) and Pacific Northwest Ballet. The three sailors on shore leave will be danced by Cory Stearns, Marcelo Gomes and Daniel Ulbricht.
The evening’s second half will feature NYCB stars with Colorado Ballet in George Balanchine’s first American ballet masterpiece Serenade*, set to Tschaikovsky’s exquisite Serenade for Strings. NYCB’s Lauren Lovette, Unity Phelan and Boston Ballet’s Misa Kuranaga take on the ballerina roles, joined by NYCB’s Jared Angle and Cameron Dieck.
Live music throughout the evening will be performed by Cameron Grant and Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra conducted by Allan Dameron.
*Choreography by George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust.
$50 – $125
$23 for 18 years and older. Children ages 13-17 are $10 and 12 and under are FREE on the lawn.
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Meet the Performers
Marcelo Gomes, a native of Brazil, began his dance studies at the Helena Lobato and Dalal Achcar Ballet Schools. He studied at The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, and at the schools of the Paris Opera Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Cuballet. Gomes joined American Ballet Theatre in 1997 and was promoted to Soloist in August 2000 and Principal Dancer in August 2002. In 2008, Gomes danced Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite, partnering Luciana Paris, at the Kennedy Center Honors. He won the Benois de la Danse for best male performer in the same year. Gomes was the recipient of a Dance Magazine Award in 2015.
Daniel Ulbricht is a principal dancer with New York City ballet and the founder and director of Stars of the American Ballet, a company that tours nationally and internationally and is devoted to presenting high caliber dance performances and offering educational and outreach programs. Ulbricht has performed featured roles in George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, Tarantella, stars and Stripes, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mozartiana, Nutcracker, Symphony in 3 Movements, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Rubies, Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, Interplay, Four Seasons, Peter Martins’ Jeu de Cartes, Hallelujah Junction, Eight More, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo + Juliet, Christopher Wheeldon’s Les Carillons, Shambards and Alexi Ratmansky’s Concerto SDCH, among many others.
Tiler Peck began her dance training at the age of seven, studying privately with former Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Alla Khaniashvili. At the age of 12, she entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet. In February 2005 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. She was promoted to Soloist in December 2006, and principal dancer in October 2009. She is the currently the spokesperson for Body Wrappers and was named to the 2014 Forbes 30 under 30. Peck was the Festival’s 2014 Artist-In-Residence and just celebrated her 10th year in Vail during the summer of 2017.
Cameron Grant joined the New York City Ballet in 1984, became a Solo Pianist there 2 years later, and was appointed pianist of the NYCB Orchestra in 1998. He has performed all the major piano ballets of the company such as the Goldberg Variations and Dances at a Gathering of Jerome Robbins, Davidsbundlertanze of George Balanchine, and Waltz Project of Peter Martins as well as virtually all the piano concerti of the repertory including those of Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Hindemith, Beethoven, Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Mr. Grant has been the soloist in premieres of ballets by Richard Tanner, Robert La Fosse and Christopher Wheeldon, and toured as a featured performer with the company on trips to Paris, Edinburgh, Athens, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Italy, Russia and Denmark. In 2004, he appeared in the Emmy Award-winning _ Live from Lincoln Center_ broadcast of New York City Ballet, as well as being invited (along with 3 other members of NYCB), to perform at the Kennedy Center Honors before the President.
Currently the music director/conductor of Hamilton on Broadway. Previous work as a conductor includes Hamilton (Public Theater), Bring It On (Broadway), Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Off-Broadway), In The Heights (National Tour), and FLY (Dallas Theater Center). He contributed arrangements, and additional orchestration for Carmen La Cubana (Théâtre du Châtelet) and Somewhere (Hartford Stage). He collaborated with fellow Harvard alum Damian Woetzel on Vail Dance Festival’s recent ReMix NYC at City Center and DEMO – Song and Dance at the Kennedy Center. He has written arrangements and music directed for numerous Cabaret venues, including the New York ACLU gala and Andrea Burns’ Broadway Latin Party, and also has written music for Sesame Street. After studying Music and Comparative Religion at Harvard University, he received a Paine Fellowship to study classical and devotional music in North India. He was also part of the creative team of Carmen: El Amor Cubano, one of the first professional productions of musical theater in Cuba in decades.
Caroline Shaw is a New York-based musician. She is the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music for her enigmatic composition Partita for 8 Voices. Her career defies categorization—she performs as a violin soloist, chamber musician, and as a vocalist in the Grammy-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Recent commissions include works for Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra with Jonathan Biss and mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. She also frequently collaborates with Kanye West. Currently a doctoral candidate at Princeton, Caroline also studied at Rice and Yale. Caroline loves the color yellow, otters, Beethoven opus 74, Mozart opera, the smell of rosemary and the sound of a janky mandolin.
About the Leonard Bernstein Composer-In-Residence Program:
Established in tribute to the extraordinary impact and example provided by Leonard Bernstein, and in honor of the upcoming centennial year of his birth, this new role will integrate the composition of new music into the structure of Festival programming. The Composer-In-Residence will create a new piece of music to be choreographed and premiered at the Festival and will also participate in programming highlighting the indispensable partnership between music and dance. Additionally, existing work of the Composer-In-Residence will be featured in various performances throughout the Festival.
The inaugural Leonard Bernstein Composer-In-Residence for 2017-18 is Pulitzer Prize-winning Caroline Shaw
Unity Phelan began her dance training at the age of five at the Princeton Ballet School. During the summers of 2008 and 2009, Phelan attended the summer sessions at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, and enrolled as a full-time student in fall of 2009. She became an apprentice with NYCB in December 2012 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in November 2013. In February 2017, Ms. Phelan was promoted to soloist.
Misa Kuranaga trained at the Jinushi Kaoru Ballet School in Osaka, Japan, and the School of American Ballet. Formerly a member of the San Francisco Ballet, she Joined the Boston Ballet in 2003. In 2005 she was promoted to Second Soloist, later promoted to Soloist in 2007, and was promoted to Principal in 2009.
Lauren Lovette was born in Thousand Oaks, California and began studying ballet at the age of 11 at the Cary Ballet Conservatory in Cary, North Carolina. She attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summers of 2004 and 2005 and enrolled at SAB as a full time student in 2006. In October 2009, Ms. Lovette became an apprentice with NYCB and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in September 2010. She was promoted to soloist in February 2013 and to principal dancer in June 2015. Lovette recently began choreographing dance and has had her works featured on stage with critical acclaim.
Jared Angle trained at the Allegheny Ballet Academy, and received the Rudolf Nureyev Scholarship to attend the School of American Ballet in 1996 He joined New York City Ballet in 1998, and was awarded a Princess Grace Foundation USA Dance Fellowship in 2001. He is currently a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet.
Mr. Dieck was born in Mount Kisco, New York, and enrolled at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, in 1998. As a student at SAB, Dieck performed in New York City Ballet’s production of Les Gentilhommes. He became an apprentice with NYCB in October 2007, and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2008.
Cory Stearns was born on Long Island, New York and began his classical training at Seiskaya Ballet with Mme. Valia Seiskaya. At fifteen, he participated in the Youth America Grand Prix and was offered a full scholarship to the Royal Ballet School in London. During his training there, he performed in Madrid, Moscow, Milan and Germany. Upon graduating from the Royal Ballet School with honors, he received, for the second year, the Dame Ruth Railton Award for excellence in dance. Mr. Stearns joined American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company (now ABT II) in September 2004, the main Company as an apprentice in January 2005 and as a member of the corps de ballet in January 2006. He was appointed a Soloist in January 2009 and a Principal Dancer in January 2011. Mr. Stearns won the 2009 Erik Bruhn Prize for best male dancer.
Angelica Generosa began her dance training with Gina Forcella in Sayreville, NJ, and has trained at both the Princeton Ballet School, and the School of American Ballet. She was a recipient of the Youth America Grand Prix Regional Hope Award in 2005 and was a New York finalist in 2007. Ms Generosa also received the School of American Ballet’s Mae Wien Award in 2011. She joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 2011 and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2012.
Miriam Miller is a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet. She was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and began her dance training in 2001 at University of Iowa Youth Ballet and School of Dance under the direction of Kathryn Smith. In 2006, she began studying with Sarah Barragan at City Ballet of Iowa. She attended summer courses at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in 2011 and 2012, enrolling as a full-time student during the 2012 winter term. Ms. Miller became an apprentice with NYCB in January 2015. While still an apprentice with NYCB, Miller performed the role of Titania in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as featured roles in Balanchine’s Harlequinade (Le Bonne Fée) and Peter Martins’ Swan Lake (Princess). She joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in January 2016.
Morgan Buchanan is from Houston, Texas. She trained at the Ballet Center of Houston under the direction of Victoria Vittum and Gilbert Rome. Ms. Buchanan also trained at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy for two years, where she earned the highest final evaluation variation score in her class. Before joining the Colorado Ballet Studio Company in 2009, Ms. Buchanan attended summer programs with American Ballet Theatre, Orlando Ballet and Houston Ballet. She joined the Company in 2011 and was promoted to Soloist in 2016.
Arianna Ciccarelli is from Bristol, CT. She began dancing ballet at age 12 and studied in the pre-professional resident program at The Nutmeg Conservatory for The Arts. While at Nutmeg, she studied under Eleanor D’Antuano, Sharon Dante, Kirk Peterson and Victoria Mazzerelli. She has spent her summers training at The School of American Ballet, English National Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Washington Ballet. Arianna was a member of the Colorado Ballet Studio Company in the 2013-2014 season. Before joining Colorado Ballet in 2016, she spent two years dancing with Ballet Arizona.
Mackenzie Dessens is from New Orleans, Louisiana where she began her training at Giacobbe Academy of Dance and privately with Kimberly Beck. She attended summer programs in New York with the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. Ms. Dessens continued her training at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy and upon completion, joined Cincinnati Ballet’s second company. With Cincinnati Ballet, Dessens performed many works with the company and the second company. This is Mackenzie’s third season with Colorado Ballet.
Alyssa Fazekas is from Orlando, Florida where she began her training at age 14. In 2010, she joined Orlando Ballet School and in 2012, joined Orlando Ballet II. Alyssa placed Top 12 in in both contemporary and classical categories in YAGP, performed in the YAGP Gala in Tampa, and moved on to the NYC Finals. In 2012, she was a semi-finalist at Helsinki International Ballet Competition. In 2014, she joined Milwaukee Ballet II, and in 2016 joined Ballet Arizona’s Studio Company. This is her first season with Colorado Ballet.
Born in Cork, Ireland, Tracy Jones started dancing at the age of five with Ballet Theatre Ireland. At 11, she went on to train at The Royal Ballet School. In 2006, Tracy won the Ursula Moreton choreographic competition and was a finalist of the Young British Dancer of the Year. She performed with the Royal Ballet on their 2007 International tour. Upon graduating, she joined the English National Ballet as an Artist. From 2008-2012, Tracy was a member of the Barcelona Ballet. Tracy joined Colorado Ballet in 2013 and was promoted to Soloist in 2017.
Regan Kucera grew up in Cary, North Carolina and started dancing at the age of four. She studied at International Ballet Academy in Cary under the direction of Rossana Nesta Gahagan, Servy Gallardo, Roberto Munoz and Miguel Campaneria. She attended summer programs at ABT NY, Orlando Ballet with full scholarship, and Saratoga Springs. She has participated in competitions including Youth American Grand Prix and World Ballet Competition. In 2013, she joined the Studio Company at Colorado Ballet. This is her second season as a company member.
Originally from Miami, Florida, Francesca Martoccio received her early ballet training at Thomas Armour Youth Ballet and at the New World School of the Arts. In May 2016, Francesca graduated from SUNY Purchase where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a Ballet Concentration. In 2014, she was chosen by the faculty to study abroad at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. After graduating, Francesca joined Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company for the 2016-17 season. This is her first season as a Company member.
Kristine Padgett was born in Littleton, Colorado and began dancing at the age of three. At 11, she started training professionally at the Academy of Colorado Ballet. From 2006-2014, she attended summer intensives and training programs all over the world including ABT, the Royal Ballet School, and Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensive in NYC. In 2011, she won a full scholarship to perform at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s spring gala in Moscow, Russia, then attended year-round. Ms. Padgett joined the Colorado Ballet studio company in 2013. This is her third season as a company member.
Emily Speed is originally from Argyle, TX and began her professional training under Marina Almayeva. In 2006, she was a Finalist at World Ballet Competition. She won first place in the classical division at the 2007 Youth American Grand Prix Regionals. Emily was one out of 100 participants worldwide who qualified and competed in the 2010 Varna International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. In 2014, she went to the USA IBC. During her career, she has danced professionally with Alabama Ballet, Ballet Tucson, Boulder Ballet, and joined Colorado Ballet in 2014.
Sarah Tryon was born in Hanmer, Ontario, Canada and at the age of 11, was accepted to train at Canada’s National Ballet School. During her training, Sarah participated in exchange programs with various international schools including Pacific Northwest Ballet School, École Supérieur De Danse Rosella Hightower, and Tanz Akademie Zurich. Upon graduating in 2010, she moved to New York City to train with Edward Ellison. In 2013, Sarah joined the Sarasota Ballet as a corps de ballet member. This is Sarah’s third season with Colorado Ballet.
Melissa Zoebisch grew up in Mexico and studied at the Chamber Ballet of Jalisco. She received a scholarship to attend for a year at the Kirov Academy of Ballet, and returned to Mexico to graduate in 2004. She participated in many workshops around the world including: Cuba, Canada, Austria, Spain and the United States. In 2005, she joined the National Dance Company. Zoebisch was a finalist at the Korea International Ballet Competition, 2010 and recipient of a Special Award KIBC. Before joining Colorado Ballet in 2014, she freelanced with her husband around the country.
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