Friday night’s Ballroom Spectacular program is packed. Five couples will perform 25 pieces over the course of the evening. And all the types of ballroom will be represented: Tango, waltz, swing, cha cha, samba, waltz, mambo, foxtrot, rumba, cabaret, bolero and more.
“The Ballroom night is tradition at the dance festival for many reasons,” said Damian Woetzel, the Vail International Dance Festival artistic director. “Perhaps most importantly, ballroom dancing is something we all can relate to as having the possibility that we can participate ourselves, that we might waltz or rumba should the happy opportunity arise. And of course the dancers themselves are thrilling, each year bringing to vivid life on the stage the dances we see on television.”
Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine puts the program together and also participates. His partner is Liana Churilova.
“Emmanuel is always looking for the top dancers who are winning competitions,” said Martha Brassel, the festival manager.
Anna Trebunskaya and Gleb Savchenko will dance. Trebunskaya has wowed festival audiences before; Savchenko is new this year.
“He’s the Dancing with the Stars hottie who is coming,” Brassel said.