Vail's renowned International Dance Festival begins tonight with king of tap, Savion Glover, and jazz legend Eddie Palmieri performing at Ford Amphitheatre.  Based on Glover's two sold-out performances last year, this show should be well-attended! 

Now in its 17th year, the International Dance Festival has become something of an institution in Vail.  It originally began with ballet and has since expanded to include performances from across the dance spectrum.  This year you'll see everything from tap, ballet and contemporary to tango and hip-hop.  Artists and companies include the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, BeijingDance/ LDTX and all of the ballet stars of the International Evenings of Dance I and II.  The ballroom night this year is "The Art of Tango" and you can catch a varity show of sorts at "Dance for $20.10" featuring favorite festival performers.  It is also legendary choreographer Paul Taylor's 80th birthday this year, so Paul Taylor masterpieces will be showcased the night his dance company performs. 

Off stage you'll find fun stuff like the free "Dancing in the Streets" this Thursday, Masters Classes for the masses (although some of them do require dance skill) and Village Vignettes which are free sneak peak performances during the day in the Village. 

Tickets average $17 for lawn seats and $75 for premium reserved seats.  Premium reserved seats are slightly more during International Evenings of Dance at $90.  There is one FREE performance the night of August 10 when BreakEFX performs in conjunction with the free Hot Summer Nights concert series.  All shows take place in the beautiful Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre where there's not a bad seat in the house.