Colorado Expression | As Vail’s summer dance festival turns 30, it continues to innovate with Damian Woetzel as artistic director

Vail entered an unlikely love affair with dance three decades ago—a fling that began with a little bit of luck and a lot of push from some local movers and shakers, including a former First Lady. Back then, few could have imagined where that relationship would lead.

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the Vail International Dance Festival. The spectacular scenery of this resort nestled along the I-70 corridor will lure hordes of dance lovers for two weeks of performances by a roster of world-class artists skilled in every imaginable style of dance. And welcoming them all will be Damian Woetzel, an affable retired ballet star who will launch his 12th season as artistic director.


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