TONIGHT: “The Altitude of Dance”

Screen Shot 2013-05-09 at 9.56.28 AMTONIGHT—don’t miss the premiere of The Altitude of Dance! Two years in the making, this documentary captures the beauty and complexity of the Vail International Dance Festival. Heading into the festival’s 25th year, this documentary exhibits the spirit of this time-honored event.

The origins of the festival can be traced back 1989 when the world-renowned Bolshoi Academy of Moscow toured the United States for the first time in nearly 20 years. Referred to as the “United Nations” of dance by The New York Times, the Vail International Dance Festival truly has something for everyone. Whether you’re into Jookin’ or Ballet or anything in between, every year the festival features many different forms of dance.

The 26-minute documentary showcases artists such as Lil’ Buck, Herman Cornejo, Tiler Peck, Matthew Rushing, Beatriz Stix-Brunell, Wendy Whelan and Damian Woetzel. “This film by Nel Shelby captures the spirit of the Vail International Dance Festival,” offered festival director Woetzel. “In addition to documenting the marvelous dancers that grace our stages each year, ‘The Altitude of Dance’ gives a glimpse behind the curtain to a world that audiences very rarely see.”

To catch this fabulous film, tune into any Rocky Mountain PBS affiliate station TONIGHT at 8:30 p.m. For more information about the upcoming Vail International Dance Festival, please visit


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