Vail International Dance Festival again offers Dance for $20.11 deal

By Real Vail
May 31, 2011

A thrilling array of dance will once again be on display Tuesday, August 9 when the popularly-priced Dance for $20.11 evening returns to the Vail International Dance Festival at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater at 7:30pm.

Tickets for this unique mixed-bill performance will go on sale Wednesday, June 1 at 11am, with all reserved seats priced at just $20.11 and all general admission lawn seats priced at a mere $11 each.

Tickets for Dance for $20.11, as well as all other 2011 Dance Festival performances, are available online at, by calling the box office at 888.920.ARTS begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            888.920.ARTS      end_of_the_skype_highlighting (2787) or in person at one of three Vail Valley Box Offices: Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, Marketplace on Meadow Drive in Vail Village or Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, which opens on Wednesday, June 1 for the 2011 summer season.

August 9 marks the fourth installment of the public-minded performance that was created by Festival Artistic Director Damian Woetzel in an effort to make dance more accessible, both from a price and programming perspective. The evening is specifically designed to cultivate new dance audiences by providing a wide variety of dancers and dance styles in one evening's lineup.

"It's a wonderful performance that I look forward to every year," said Woetzel. "We welcome a house full of enthusiastic people, many of whom have never been to the dance festival before. The program itself reflects a variety of spectacular dance going on in the world today, with appearances by many of the same stars that are seen on the regular Festival schedule."

Dance for $20.11 will feature innovative hip-hop performer and Festival Artist-in-Residence Charles "Lil Buck" Riley. Best known for his brilliant jookin', a street dance that originated in Memphis, Riley has taken the world by storm and has gained worldwide attention through social networking websites like YouTube and Facebook.

In April 2011, Riley collaborated with cellist Yo-Yo Ma in two appearances arranged by Mr. Woetzel in Los Angeles. A YouTube video of one of the performances has become a viral Internet hit with over 1,200,000 views to date and has garnered national and international press attention.

Dance for $20.11 will also showcase appearances by the contemporary ballet company Trey McIntyre Project, whose appealingly athletic ballet vocabulary and individual voice have made him one of the most popular dance-makers in the United States. The company will be performing "The Sweeter End," a piece that premiered in spring 2011, set to music by New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Additionally, the audience can look forward to appearances by New York City Ballet stars Tiler Peck, Joaquin De Luz and Robert Fairchild.

Tickets for the 2011 Vail International Dance Festival are priced from $11 to $90 and are available online at or by phone at either (970) 845-TIXS (8497) or 888-920-ARTS begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            888-920-ARTS      end_of_the_skype_highlighting (2787). Specially priced Festival passes and student passes are also available.

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