Opening Night


7:30 pm

Reserved Seating

Opening Night

“…plenitude and diversity of talent alone makes the Vail Dance Festival extraordinary”

– The New York Times


Performance Details

The season begins with a thrilling sampling of what is to come, featuring appearances by Festival stars including Lil Buck, Michelle Dorrance, and Artist-In-Residence Calvin Royal III, Company-In-Residence BalletX, and, in their first appearance since 2012, the incomparable New York City Ballet MOVES.

Photo by Erin Baiano


Company-In-Residence BalletX: Francesca Forcella, Stanley Glover, Zachary Kapeluck, Blake Krapels, Skyler Lubin, Andrea Yorita, Chloe Perkes, Roderick Phifer, Caili Quan, and Richard Villaverde

New York City Ballet MOVES: Joseph Gordon, Anthony Huxley, Russell Janzen, Lauren Lovette, Roman Mejia, Tiler Peck, Unity Phelan, Aaron Sanz, Gretchen Smith, Abi Stafford, Taylor Stanley, Andrew Veyette, Peter Walker, Adrian Danching-Waring, and Indiana Woodward

Dancers to include: Artist-In-Residence Calvin Royal III, Lil Buck, Michelle Dorrance, Ron Myles, Cory Stearns, Devon Teuscher, Byron Tittle, and Melissa Toogood

Musicians to include: Quartet-In-Residence Brooklyn Rider, Composer-In-Residence Caroline Shaw, Alberta Khoury, and Savannah Harris

Casting and repertory subject to change



Reserved Seating


Lawn Tickets

  • $27 for 18 years and older
  • Children ages 13-17 are $10 and 12 and under are FREE on the lawn when accompanied by a paying adult (no ticket needed)

Ticket Packages

  • This performance is part of our ticket program Pay Your Age [18-30]. To purchase, you must do in person at the Box Office with valid proof of ID. Questions? Give us a call at 970.845.8497 or email
  • It is also included in the following ticket packages: Encore Club Pass / $150, Student and Faculty Lawn Pass / $56, Pick 2 / $188 and 3 Pack / $270

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$2 per ticket fee will apply and additional fees are assessed with online transactions.

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