COVID-19 novel coronavirus: The Vail Dance Festival response to Eagle County Public Health standing order to prohibit events of 50 or more

March 12, 2020

The Board of Directors, leadership and staff of the Vail Valley Foundation place the health and well-being of our employees and their families, our supporters, guests and the people we serve across our many events, venues and programs, as a top priority.

Effective immediately, the Eagle County Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a standing public health order prohibiting events of 50 people or more effective immediately through April 8, 2020.

The order includes certain exceptions including public schools and childcare. See the complete Eagle County order HERE.

Vail Dance Festival
The Vail Dance Festival, hosted each year at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and Vilar Performing Arts Center, is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation and is scheduled for July 31 – Aug 11, 2020.

At this time, it is too early to make a determination to limit, postpone, or cancel any aspect of this event.

For more information on any of the above, please visit or call 970 777-2015.

At Vail Dance Festival, a Season of Premieres and Ballet Stars

Calvin Royal III, the American Ballet Theater soloist who has had star turns in classics like Balanchine’s “Apollo,” will be the artist in residence at this year’s Vail Dance Festival, which was announced on Tuesday.

“It’s a leadership role of a sort,” Damian Woetzel, the festival’s artistic director, said in an interview. “Being an artist in residence is more than simply what you see on the stage. It’s got elements that I’m excited about for Calvin as an artist and as a leader.”

For Dancers, the Not-So-Lazy Days of Summer

For the last few years, the American Ballet Theater soloist Calvin Royal III, 30, has been on the cusp of stardom. Some of his most interesting challenges have actually come during the summers, in three stints at the Vail Dance Festival. This summer, he got his first stab at one of the most desirable roles of all: the lead in George Balanchine’s “Apollo,” a ballet about a young god in training, testing his powers. At Vail, he danced with Unity Phelan, a New York City Ballet soloist.

Alonzo King and Jason Moran Create a Dialogue of Movement and Music

When the Vail International Dance Festival proposed to Alonzo King that he choreograph a new work featuring four members of his San Francisco company, Lines Ballet, and four from New York City Ballet, he knew just what he needed: a partner. For Mr. King, that had to be the jazz pianist Jason Moran. This summer, as part of the Vail festival, which opens on July 26, the pair will present the premiere of their latest collaboration. So far, it doesn’t have a title.

Review: At Vail, Female Choreographers Feed the Mighty River of Dance

“Is the sociology of the dance world changing? The last two years have brought many more commissions for female choreographers.

English National Ballet made a splash in 2016 with an entire program of new choreography by women. And this year’s “NOW: Premieres” program at the Vail Dance Festival here was subtitled ‘Celebrating Women Choreographers.’ Does this sound like mere tokenism? It’s worth pointing out that all four of these female dance-makers — Michelle Dorrance (this year’s artist in residence), Lauren Lovette, Claudia Schreier and Pam Tanowitz — have worked at the festival before.”…

Where Dancers Shine Beyond Their Usual Specialties

“Since the two galalike signature events of the annual Vail Dance Festival were star-studded, it’s tempting to survey them just by dropping names. After all, on Friday here, Misty Copeland (never more mettlesome) and Marcelo Gomes (richly smoldering) danced Twyla Tharp’s “Sinatra Suite,” followed by Misa Kuranaga (lightly brilliant) and Herman Cornejo (panache itself) in the war horse “Don Quixote” pas de deux.

Saturday’s program ended with Tiler Peck dancing George Balanchine’s “Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux” with Jeffrey Cirio. Dazzling and charming artists both, they reached fresh peaks here; Ms. Peck (of New York City Ballet), in particular, has reached new zones of subtle artistry and breathtaking speed.”…

An All-Star Dance Gala Takes Risks and Soars

“The lineup was certainly dazzling: stars from City Ballet and American Ballet Theater but also some of the world’s greatest exponents of other forms, from modern (Matthew Rushing) to tango (Gabriel Missé) to kuchipudi (Shantala Shivalingappa) to Memphis jookin (Lil Buck). Yet what made the programs special was Mr. Woetzel’s way of balancing the surefire and crowd-pleasing with novelty and risk.”

Review: Hot Feet and Cool Bodies at Vail

“The path to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater here in this Rocky Mountain resort town primes the ear with sounds of nature. But on Tuesday, it was the sound of shoes on wooden platforms that kept the audience rapt for nearly three-quarters of an hour.”

Vail Dance ReMix NYC – Review: From Balanchine to Jookin, a Sampler of Summer Souvenirs

“Damian Woetzel, impressively ambitious, has been making dance history for 10 years in Vail, Colo. As artistic director of the two-week Vail International Dance Festival, he assembles each August a top-class gathering of performers in multiple genres. No single program is performed twice. World premieres by front-rank choreographers (notably Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon) occur. So do unexpected partnerships between dancers from different companies and far-apart disciplines.”

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