Opening Night

This highlights performance kicks off the 29th Vail Dance Festival with a program ranging from tap improvisation and ballet, to street dance and groundbreaking contemporary works. Headlined by tap dancer extraordinaire and 2017 Artist-In-Residence Michelle Dorrance, the evening also includes audience favorite Lil Buck, NYCB principal Lauren Lovette, live music from the phenomenal Kate Davis and a first look at the acclaimed L.A. Dance Project which will perform Hearts & Arrows along with a new work (untitled) featuring Carla Körbes and former NYCB principal Janie Taylor.

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

Featured Musicians:
Kurt Crowley, Kate Davis

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

The Festival Fan Club is available year-round and includes early access ticketing for Dance for $20.17 along with other great benefits! For more information about the Fan Club, please contact Martha Brassel via email or by calling 970.777.2015. 

Watch video of the 2016 Opening Night program: