2014 marked the inaugural year of the Vail International Dance Festival’s Scholar-In-Residence program. The program was launched to offer promising young artists the extraordinary opportunity to participate in the Festival through the eyes of a professional dancer. Mentored by the Festival Artistic Director and Festival artists, the program allows the Scholar-In-Residence to participate in the artistic and cultural life of one of the most unique and renowned dance festivals in the world. Past Scholars-In-Residence

2017 Scholar-In-Residence: Phyouture "Lil P" Memphis Jookin

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Memphis jooker Phyouture "Lil P" (Altavien Hart) made his Festival debut in 2016 with fellow jookers, Lil Buck, Ron "Prime Tyme" Myles and Keviorr "Tip Toe" Taylor in Dancing in the Streets and on the Dance for $20.16 program in the world premiere of WAIT. Phyouture "Lil P" (pron. Future) returns as the 2017 Scholar-In-Residence, dancing with a variety of artists throughout the two weeks. "Phyouture Altavien a mid-teenage exponent of Memphis jookin. Like other Tennessee performers of this bravura form of hip-hop, he does heart-stoppingly audacious and individual footwork and feats of balance (in sneakers often on point) while dancing solos to loud rap. As I watched him in a jookin 'battle' in Memphis, I felt that grace itself was being radically redefined.” –The New York Times

More on Past Scholars-In-Residence

2016 - Dario Natarelli, Tap

2015 - Juliet Doherty, Ballet

2014 - Elena Heiss, Flamenco