The 33rd annual Vail Dance Competition, scheduled to happen July 29 by way of August 9, in Vail, Colorado, will welcome dancer and choreographer Caili Quan and dancer Roman Mejia because the season’s honorary Artists-in-Residence. Mejia, a face acquainted to Vail audiences since making his debut on the Competition in 2017, was just lately promoted to soloist at New York Metropolis Ballet (NYCB) in October 2021. He would be the youngest Artist-in-Residence within the Competition’s historical past on the age of twenty-two. Becoming a member of Mejia on this recognition may also be New York-based dancer and choreographer Quan, a former dancer of BalletX. Amongst different new work every artist will undertake, Quan will create a brand new dance for Mejia, which is able to make its world premiere as a featured a part of the Competition’s 2022 programming.
Established in 1989 and held every July-August, the Vail Dance Competition makes Colorado’s Vail Valley one of many prime summer time dance locations on the earth. Hosted by the nonprofit Vail Valley Basis, and led by Inventive Director Damian Woetzel, the internationally famend occasion brings a variety of extraordinary dancers and musicians to Vail and options new works, collaborations, training initiatives, free group occasions and a bunch of applications that welcome all to benefit from the world of dance. The distinguished title of Artist-in-Residence every season acknowledges the extraordinary abilities and trajectory of fast-rising stars of dance representing an enormous spectrum of genres. Previous honorees have included such dance luminaries as Tiler Peck, Lil Buck, Robbie Fairchild, Lauren Lovette, Calvin Royall III and extra. Artists-in-Residence interact all through the Competition in an intense vary of efficiency and choreographic alternatives, aimed toward fostering collaboration and creativity throughout genres and types, in addition to in academic and group constructing occasions.
“My affiliation with Roman and Caili goes again a number of years as I've watched them each flourish in their very own stunning and distinctive methods,” stated Woetzel. “Now, as Artists-in-Residence of the 2022 Competition, I'm excited to work intently with each of those dynamic artists to vogue new artistic alternatives uniquely tailor-made to their sensible abilities.”
Mejia was born in Fort Value, Texas, and commenced finding out ballet at age three together with his mom and father, each former skilled ballet dancers themselves. At age 13, he entered the Mejia Ballet Academy of Ft. Value and later joined the College of American Ballet, NYCB’s official college, full-time in 2015. In August 2017, he turned an apprentice with NYCB earlier than becoming a member of the Firm as a member of the corps de ballet in November of that very same yr. Mejia was just lately promoted to the rank of soloist in October 2021, and as Artist-in-Residence in Vail, Mejia will dance in a number of works all through the length of the competition, together with classical ballet position debuts and newly commissioned works.
Quan, a Artistic Affiliate at The Juilliard College, danced with Philadelphia’s BalletX from 2013 to 2020, and is now a prolific and extremely sought-after choreographer primarily based in New York Metropolis. She has created works for BalletX, The Juilliard College, Nashville Ballet, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Princeton College, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Ballet Academy East and just lately for DanceAspen. She served as an Inventive Partnership Initiative Fellow and a Toulmin Creator at The Heart for Ballet and the Arts at New York College. With BalletX she carried out new works by Matthew Neenan, Nicolo Fonte, Gabrielle Lamb, Penny Saunders, Trey McIntyre, and danced at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Competition, Vail Dance Competition, Belgrade Dance Competition and DEMO by Damian Woetzel on the Kennedy Heart. Mahålang, a brief documentary that wove familial conversations of her Chamorro Filipino upbringing in Guam with scenes from BalletX’s Love Letter, was accepted into the Hawai’i Worldwide Movie Competition, CAAMFest and the Dance on Digicam Competition at Lincoln Heart.
Additional particulars about the remainder of the 2022 Vail Dance Competition season shall be introduced later this spring. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on April 18 at vaildance.org or by way of the Field Workplace by cellphone at 970-845-TIXS (8497). For extra info, go to vaildance.org.