Colorado Ballet to perform twice at 2017 Vail Dance Festival

Sanya Andersen-Vie - May 22, 2017

DENVER – Colorado Ballet will perform at the 2017 Vail Dance Festival in Dancing in the Park: Colorado Ballet at 5:30 p.m. on July 31 at the Avon Performance Pavilion, Nottingham Park in Avon, CO and American Dance Classics at 7:30 p.m. on August 1 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, CO.

“This is the first time since 2015 that Colorado Ballet has performed at the Vail Dance Festival,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director.  “We are honored that Damian Woetzel has chosen us to perform at a festival that includes some of the world’s greatest dancers performing a variety of dance genres.”

Dancing in the Park: Colorado Ballet on July 31 will feature a family-friendly repertory of ballet excerpts by Colorado Ballet’s dancers.  Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and attendees are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs, as well as their own food and commercially-sealed non-alcoholic beverages.  Food and drinks will also be available to purchase at this free performance.

“This is an amazing opportunity for Colorado Ballet’s dancers to demonstrate their versatility and artistry through a variety of short ballet works,” said Boggs.  “This free, family-friendly performance is a must-see for everyone in the Avon, Beaver Creek and Vail areas this summer.”

The following evening on August 1, Colorado Ballet’s corps de ballet dancers and Festival guest artists will perform George Balanchine’s Serenade to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C” during the second half of American Dance Classics.  The production will open with Robert Fairchild, Marcelo Gomes, Daniel Ulbricht and Tiler Peck starring in Jerome Robbins’ acclaimed 1944 debut ballet, Fancy Free.  Set to a rollicking Leonard Bernstein score, the ballet brings to life the adventures of three sailors on shore leave in WWII era New York City.  Live music throughout the evening will be performed by Cameron Grant and Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra conducted by Kurt Crowley, Vail Dance Festival Music Director and music director of Broadway's Hamilton.

"Seeing Balanchine's Serenade performed outside in the mountains is a magical experience, and we’re looking forward to having Colorado Ballet back at the Festival performing this classic as part of our part of celebration of American masterpieces," said Festival Artistic Director Damian Woetzel.

The Vail Dance Festival runs from July 29 through August 12.  Tickets are on sale now, visit for more information.

“I believe our dancers have tremendous talent and this is a chance for dance fans from all over the world to see that talent firsthand,” said Boggs.  “Performing twice at the Vail Dance Festival is a great way to kick off our 57th season.  The Festival’s repertory includes something for all dance fans to enjoy and shows that Colorado has a huge dance audience.”

About Colorado Ballet: Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 56 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver.  Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet presents more than 50 performances annually. Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of Colorado through performances of the professional company, training at the Academy, and Education & Community Engagement programs.  Visit  

About the Vail Dance Festival: The outdoor splendor of the Colorado Rocky Mountains is the backdrop each summer as the unique mountain town of Vail plays host to a collection of the world’s finest dancers. Under the artistic direction of Damian Woetzel, the Vail Dance Festival has become renowned for its artistic excellence, unique programming, new works, and one-of-a-kind partnerships. Nearly 20-thousand people from around the world descend each summer on Vail, a vibrant cultural destination, for the Festival’s two-week residence. The Festival’s spirited atmosphere transforms the village into a culturally-rich environment that is inviting to dance aficionados and newcomers alike. In addition to regular performances, the Festival features robust community programming and education events, drawing on its roster of visiting artists, in addition to year-round personnel who focus on arts education in the Vail Valley. In the fall of 2016, the Vail Dance Festival presented for the first time a season outside of its Colorado-base, with a series of acclaimed performances at New York City Center entitled Vail Dance Festival: ReMix NYC. The Vail Dance Festival is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation, which since 1981 has fulfilled its mission to enhance and sustain the quality of life in the Vail Valley by providing leadership in arts, education and athletics. For more information, visit