Join the Vail Dance Festival for a virtual event featuring two New Yorkers – music by Leonard Bernstein and a performance by former NYC Ballet principal dancer Damian Woetzel, who is the longtime artistic director of the annual event.
This year, the Vail Dance Festival is virtual. The FREE closing night performance features a mix of classical and modern ballet, jazz dancing and a fast-paced tap dancing performance.
Some of the dances are choreographed by Woetzel, who also hosts the event. Others are choreographed by the participating dancers.
Woetzel also is president of the world-famous Julliard School in NYC’s Lincoln Center, and has been married for more than 20 years to fellow NYCB principal dancer Heather Watts.
The closing performance is Friday, August 7 at 8pm Eastern (6p Mountain)
Here’s the performance schedule:
Premiere: August 6, 2019
Music by James P. Johnson
Choreography by the Artists with Damian Woetzel
Dancers: Lil Buck and Michelle Dorrance
Piano: JASON MORAN
- Filmed at the 2019 Vail Dance Festival.
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Premiere: August 7, 2017
Music by Colin Jacobsen and Leonard Bernstein
Choreography by Michelle Dorrance in collaboration with the dancers
Assistant Choreographer: Dario Natarelli
Words/Text by Samuel Beckett, Performed by Bill Irwin
Dancers: Lil Buck, Herman Cornejo, Barton Cowperthwaite, Michelle Dorrance, Francesca Forcella, Elena Heiss, Bill Irwin, Daniel Mayo, Roman Mejia, Ron Myles, Dario Natarelli, Tiler Peck, Melissa Toogood, James Whiteside, and Damian Woetzel
Musicians: Brooklyn Rider, Kate Davis, Gabe Schnider, Savannah Harris
- Filmed at the 2017 Vail Dance Festival.
Photo of Vail Valley Dance Festival courtesy Vail Valley Partnership. Photo Copyright: © 2018 Erin Baiano