7 Must-Watch Clips From Vail Dance Festival
Our favorite dancers might not be in the midst of a performance season, but that hasn’t stopped them from popping up on stages across the U.S. From the Tiler Peck-curated BalletNow in Los Angeles, to Isabella Boylston’s upcoming Ballet Sun Valley festival in Idaho, the summer isn’t slowing the ballet world down.
The biggest showcase of them all, Vail Dance Festival, just celebrated its 29th season in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Led by artistic director Damian Woetzel, Vail Dance Festival presented two weeks of performances from top dancers across various techniques (some even tried out an entirely new discipline on stage). Ahead, check out some of our favorite Vail moments to watch on repeat.
New York City Ballet’s Lauren Lovette and Joseph Gordon kicked things off with Three Chopin Dances, choreographed by Jerome Robbins.
American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland rehearsed fellow ABT dancer Marcelo Gomes’ Tocarre.
Boston Ballet’s Misa Kuranaga and ABT’s James Whiteside received direction from choreographer Matthew Neenan as they rehearsed for the piece’s world premiere.
ABT’s Jeffery Cirio teamed up with NYCB’s Tiler Peck for a crazy combo of turns and jumps in George Balanchine’s Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux. Check out Peck casually throw in some mid-fouetté port de bras and triple pirouettes!
NYCB’s Unity Phelan and ABT’s Calvin Royal III took on Balanchine’s Agon Pas de Deux for the first time.
Former NYCB principals Janie Taylor and Carla Körbes helped L.A. Dance Project make its Vail debut with Benjamin Millepied’s In Silence We Speak.
And you can’t miss when Tiler Peck tried out tap shoes for her first tap performance in a piece choreographed by Michelle Dorrance.