Watching Balanchine, with Heather Watts


Manor Vail
12:00 pm

Reserved Seating

Watching Balanchine, with Heather Watts
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Join the Vail Dance Festival for “Watching Balanchine, with Heather Watts” at the Manor Vail Lodge on Monday, July 29 at 12pm. Throughout the program Heather Watts will examine how Balanchine’s innovations, impact and musical approaches apply in the 21st century through an analysis of Balanchine’s ballets and using the lens’ of biography, context and form. Lunch will be provided. 

Heather Watts joined New York City Ballet in 1970, and was one of the last of the famed Balanchine ballerinas. Watts worked closely with Balanchine and Jerome Robbins at NYCB, retiring from the stage in 1995. She has been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 1995, has created academic courses on Balanchine’s life and work at Harvard University, was a visiting Lecturer in Dance at Princeton University, and has led residencies at UC Santa Barbara. Watts was a fellow at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU in 2014 and is currently an affiliate fellow there. She has received numerous awards, including a Doctorate honoris causa from Hunter College.



$75 – Includes ticket and lunch

*Please reserve your seat prior to the event*


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