Opening Night

The 29th Vail Dance Festival kicks off with a unique opening night performance previewing highlights of the 2017 Festival. Headlined by tap dancer extraordinaire and Vail Artist-In-Residence Michelle Dorrance, the evening will also include audience favorite Lil Buck, NYC Ballet principal dancer and choreographer Lauren Lovette, live music from bass, piano and vocal phenomenon Kate Davis and a first look at the renowned contemporary ballet company L.A. Dance Project in advance of their main Festival show.

This mixed-bill performance introduces the 2017 season, with a program ranging from tap improvisations and classic ballet, to street dance and groundbreaking contemporary works.

“In quantity and quality…the Vail…Dance Festival is as awe-inspiring as this town’s alpine scenery.” —The New York Times

Reserved seating: $50 - $113.

Lawn ticketing: $23 for 18 years and older. Children ages 13-17 are $10 and 12 and under are FREE on the lawn.  

($2 per ticket fee will apply and additional fees are assesed with online transactions.) 

To learn more about attending a performance through our Community Arts Access program or providing support to eliminate socioeconomic barriers to the arts, please contact Cathy Heller via email

Festival Fan Club pre-sale ticketing begins on February 21 and public tickets go on sale February 28, 2017, both days at 11am MT. For more information about the Fan Club, contact Martha Brassel via email or by calling 970.777.2015. 

Watch video of the 2016 Opening Night program: