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With nine full-scale performance evenings and numerous public events, everyone to enjoy the beauty and athleticism of world-class danceĀ 
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BalletX dancers Francesca Forcella & Gary Jeter perform Jorma Elo’s “Gran Partita” at the free Dancing in the Park program of the 2015 Vail Dance Festival. Photo © Erin Baiano

The Vail Dance Festival returns in-person for its 32nd season July 30 – Aug. 9, 2021.

This year’s Vail Artist-in-Residence is American Ballet Theater’s Calvin Royal III. With nine full-scale performance evenings and numerous public events, like Dancing in the Park, there’s a way for everyone to enjoy the beauty and athleticism of world-class dance this season.

The Festival brings together annually a cast of established artists and promising newcomers, and among the dancers scheduled to appear for the first time as individual artists are the New York City Ballet’s Mira Nadon and the tap dancer Byron Tittle.

They will join returning artists including Isabella Boylston, Herman Cornejo, Michelle Dorrance, Lil Buck, Joseph Gordon, Lauren Lovette, Roman Mejia, Ron Myles, Dario Natarelli, Tiler Peck, Unity Phelan, Cory Stearns, Devon Teuscher, Melissa Toogood, James Whiteside and more to be announced.

Returning to the Festival after several years absence, are New York City Ballet principal dancer Maria Kowroski who is in her final year with the company, and ballet and Broadway star Robbie Fairchild.

The Scholar-In-Residence for 2021 is ballet dancer Philip Duclos, an advanced student at the School of American Ballet.

New York City Ballet launched its touring company MOVES at the 2011 Vail Dance Festival. Now, in 2021, New York City Ballet MOVES returns to Vail bringing extraordinary works from the New York City Ballet repertory.

BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, will return to Vail as Company-In-Residence with performances at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, as well as in a free performance at the nearby Avon Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park.

View the full schedule here and purchase tickets here. For more information, visit vaildance.org.

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