Vail International Dance Festival starts July 31

The Vail International Dance Festival kicks off tomorrow with a performance of Buckets & Tap Shoes followed by opening night of New York Ballet Moves at the Ford Amphitheater.

The two-week-long event showcases advanced-level dance classes, open rehearsals, and contemporary ballet, among other forms of modern dance. Lawn tickets are $20. Reserved seating sections 1 & 4 (on the far right and left sides) are $60; front and center tickets (Reserved Seating Section 2 & 3) are $80.

To register for a master class at the 2011 Vail International Dance Festival, contact Abby Olson at aolson@vvf.org or call (970) 777-2015. Cost is $15.

Dancing in the Streets is a series of three interactive evenings of dance and movement Thursday, July 28, Thursday, August 4, and Thursday, August 11. All events start at 5pm at the Solaris.

2011 Artist In Residence: Charles “Lil Buck” Riley will be performing in Dancing the Streets: Memphis Jookin’ in Vail, International Evenings of Dance, Dance for $20.11, and Dance TV.

New York City Ballet MOVES is a select touring group from the New York City Ballet, lead by Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins.   

The Brooklyn-based Mark Morris Dance Group only dances to live music; they celebrate their 30th anniversary this Wednesday with a one-night-only performance.   

Trey McIntyre Project is a contemporary ballet company with a wide array of musical accompaniment including the Beatles, Beck, and Peter, Paul and Mary.

UpClose is a didactic mixture of lecture and performance during which the audience gets an exclusive, open rehearsal.

Below is the schedule for the entire festival.

Saturday, July 30

Village Vignettes: Buckets & Tap Shoes, 11am, Beaver Creek Village, Free

Master Class: Classical Ballet by Daniel Ulbricht of the New York City Ballet (for intermediate and advanced dancers only), 5:30pm, Vail Mountain School

Sunday, July 31

Village Vignettes: Buckets & Tap Shoes, 11am, Solaris, Vail Village

Opening Night: New York Ballet MOVES, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Monday, August 1

Master Class: Modern Dance by Fang-Yi Sheu, 5:30pm, Vail Mountain School

21st Century Moves: New York City Ballet MOVES, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Tuesday, August 2

UpClose: The Male Dancer by Balanchine, 7:30pm, Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

Wednesday, August 3

Mark Morris Dance Group 30th Anniversary Celebration, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Thursday, August 4

Dancing in the Streets: Memphis Jookin’ in Vail Charles “Lil Buck” Riley & Friends, 5pm, Solaris, Free

Friday, August 5

International Evenings of Dance I, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Saturday, August 6

Beginner Tango Class taught by Tango Colorado, 12:30 to 1:30pm, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Free

Public Tango Milonga Dance, 4pm, Betty Ford Alpine Garden, Free

International Evenings of Dance II, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Sunday, August 7

Ballroom Spectacular, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Monday, August 8

UpClose: Premieres, 7:30pm, Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

Tuesday, August 9

Dance for $20.11, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Thursday, August 11

Dancing in the Streets: Trey McIntyre, 5pm, Solaris

Friday, August 12

Trey McIntyre Project, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Saturday, August 13

Dance TV, 7:30pm, Ford Amphitheater

Sunday, August 14

Master Class: Contemporary Dance with Alison Holker from “So You Think You Can Dance,” 10pm, Vail Mountain School