Vail Dance Festival announces public events for 2022 season

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The Limón dance company performs “A choreographic offer”.
Peter Cai/Courtesy Photo

The Vail Dance Festival has officially announced its additional public events to complement the full schedule of interactive programming for the 34th season. In addition to the 12 world-class dance performances scheduled in Vail, Avon and Beaver Creek, the 2022 Festival will also feature a stellar Master Class series, the live podcast recordings Conversations on Dance, Dancing in the Park in Avon, free shows from Dancing in the Street to Vail and more. Tickets for the festival events go on sale May 20, and tickets for the shows are already on sale at VailDance.org.

Vail Dance Festival 2022 events include:

Free events

Dancing in the Streets (July 28 and 31, August 7, Vail Village)



Audiences, dancers and enthusiasts of all levels and abilities are invited to celebrate the joy of dance with festival performers in the heart of Vail Village for these interactive pop-up performances. The schedule includes Robbie Fairchild and Caili Quan on Thursday, July 28 at 6:00 p.m. at Solaris Plaza located at 141 East Meadow Drive. Additional performances include the Limón Dance Company on Sunday July 31 and a special Vail Dance Jam with Ephrat Asherie, Dario Natarelli and other Festival artists on Sunday August 7, both at 12:00 p.m. at the intersection of Bridge Street and Gore Creek Drive to Vail Village.

Dancing in the Park (August 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Harry A. Nottingham Park)



Dancing in the Park returns to the neighboring township of Avon in Nottingham Park for a unique and participatory performance for dance fans of all ages. Free and open to all, the program features hip hop and breaking styles from Ephrat Asherie and dancers, ballroom stars Denys Drozdyuk and Antonina Skobina, as well as appearances from DanceAspen. YouthPower365’s Celebrate the Beat alumni will also be performing at this fun dance party! This performance is guaranteed by the City of Avon and Slifer Smith & Frampton.

Educational Events

Master Classes (July 28-August 9, Vail Mountain School, tickets are $30 to dance and $15 to watch)

Advanced level dancers are invited to join a stellar roster of classes taught by artists from the Limón Dance Company, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Broadway and more. Each class is an intimate opportunity to train with some of the biggest names in dance in a variety of styles ranging from ballet, tap and modern technique. Up to two 80-minute classes are offered each morning from 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Master Class 2022 offerings include Ballet with India Bradley, Patricia Delgado, Sara Mearns, Roman Mejia, Tiler Peck, Unity Phelan, Calvin Royal III, Claudia Schreier and Margaret Tracey. Additional classes also include Broadway with Robbie Fairchild, Contemporary Ballet and Repertoire with Caili Quan, Tap with Dario Natarelli, Jookin with Lil Buck, Repertory with Lauren Lovette, Hip Hop with Byron Tittle, Cunningham Technique with Melissa Toogood, an adaptive Mindful Movement class with Viki Psihoyos, and Repertory and Technique with the Limón Dance Company. All courses will be taught at an advanced level and are aimed at pre-professional students. Space is limited and advance purchase is strongly encouraged.

Conversations on Dance (July 30-August 1, August 3-9, Manor Vail Lodge Piney Ballroom, tickets are $25)

The popular Conversations on Dance podcast series returns for its annual residency at the Vail Dance Festival with lively and in-depth discussions recorded live with a small audience. The ticket price includes light snacks and drinks. The series is underwritten by the City of Vail.

The Dance Conversations program is as follows:

  • July 30 – New York City Ballet MOVES: Justin Peck
  • July 31 – Artists in residence: Caili Quan and Roman Mejia
  • August 1 – Limón Dance Company: Dante Puleio
  • August 3 – Exploration through new works: Sara Mearns and Pam Tanowitz
  • August 4 – Now premieres preview: Jodi Melnick
  • August 5 – Music at the Festival: Caroline Shaw, Kurt Crowley and Justin Peck
  • August 6 – DanceAspen: Laurel Winton
  • August 7 – Claudia Schreier and Lauren Lovette in conversation
  • August 8 – Ballet and street dancing: Lil Buck and KJ Takahashi
  • August 9 – First year at the Festival: Jovani Furlan

Watch the Dance with Heather Watts (August 2, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Vail Mountain School Theater, tickets are $25)

Balanchine’s legendary ballerina, Heather Watts, shares an interactive exploration of the dance repertoire through video footage and live demonstrations with festival performers. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Vail Valley Foundation’s free after-school dance and music program YouthPower365 Celebrate the Beat.

Caili Quan
Sara Black/Courtesy Photo

Open House with Caili Quan (August 7, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Golden Peak Studio Tent, tickets are $25)

Join artist-in-residence Caili Quan as she curates a preview of the 2022 festival elements, including her own new work that will debut on NOW: Premieres. Featuring Festival performers in the rehearsal tent at Golden Peak.

Event for children

Tiny Dancer Tea Party, (July 30, 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Social Courtyard, tickets are $50)

An event for the smallest dancers with the biggest dreams. Boys and girls ages 4-7 are invited to join Festival performers in the social courtyard of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for a special meet and greet event complete with crown and tiara decoration, a dance session, snacks and fun. The ticket price includes admission for one adult and one child, plus a child-size Festival t-shirt.

Paid festival events will go on sale to the public on Friday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m. MST online at VailDance.org or through the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater box office located at 530 S Frontage Road E in Vail. Box office hours are 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at 970.845.TIXS (8497). Tickets for the festival performances are currently on sale.

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