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Colorado: Vail International Dance Festival

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Back in 2009, Departures talked with long-time New York City Ballet principal Damian Woetzel, a who had just signed on to oversee the Vail International Dance Festival. We have looked forward to the summer event ever since. Enhanced by its Rocky Mountain backdrop and the Gerald R. Ford outdoor amphitheater, the festival has quickly gained a cult following: More than 20,000 people attended from the U.S. and Europe last year. Running July 31 through August 13, the 2011 lineup includes a 30th-anniversary celebration of the Mark Morris Dance Company and five never-before-performed pieces by choreographers Christopher Wheeldon, Emery LeCrone, Trey McIntyre, Charles "Lil Buck" Riley and Richard Siegal. July 31 through August 13; from $20; 970-777-2015; vaildance.org.

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