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For 30 years, Vail, Colorado, has played host to some of the greatest international dance acts in the world as part of the annual Vail Dance Festival. Performances by the Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow, the New York City Ballet, Dorrance Dance, and many others have delighted guests from all over the world.

Each summer, these graceful and awe-inspiring performances are all set against the amazing backdrop of the Vail Valley, deep in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The Vail Dance Festival continues to be a highlight of Colorado summer activities, and many of the main performances are only minutes away from Manor Vail Lodge.

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Festival Information

Save the date! The 2021 Vail Dance Festival will open July 30, 2021. Don't miss your chance to celebrate dance styles from all over the world. Check back for the 2021 festival schedule.

Ticket Prices: Stay tuned for 2021 ticket offerings. 

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Dance Festival Venues

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Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater

0.2 Miles, 5-minute Walk from Manor Vail

This spectacular outdoor venue seats 1,260 guests in covered seating and an additional 1,300 on its hillside. It will play host to the Vail Dance Festival’s opening night and other performances during the two week event.

Vilar Performing Arts Center

13 Miles, 19-minute Drive from Manor Vail

Located near Beaver Creek, the Vilar Performing Arts Center is an indoor theater which offers perfect acoustics and unobstructed views from each of its 535 seats. The Vilar Performing Arts Center will host several of the Vail Dance Festival performances including tap, jazz and ballet acts.

Avon Performance Pavilion

11 Miles, 19-minute Drive from Manor Vail

The Avon Performance Pavilion at Harry A. Nottingham Park will host several of the dance performances including the family fun event “Dancing in the Park.” The pavilion features a large performance stage and a large deck over the lake, allowing visitors to take in the scenic views of the Vail Valley.

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Book a Condo for Vail Dance

Stay no more than 20 minutes from the most exciting shows of Vail Dance Festival. 

From Manor Vail, you can stroll over to the performances at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, or hop in the car for a short and scenic ride to the festival's other two venues. 

The only way you'll get closer to the festival is if you're dancing in it.

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