PEAK PERFORMANCE: The Lake Tahoe Dance Festival returns for performances on the shores of Tahoe and Donner. Tickets are limited and will be released on a tiered basis in accordance with changing capacity guidelines. Courtesy photo

The Lake Tahoe Dance Festival returns with live performances this summer. While July might seem far away, tickets are limited, so now is the time to purchase yours. 

The festival begins July 27 with a gala opening night celebration. Performers take to the stage July 28, 29, and 30 for the festival’s three main stage performances. World-renowned dancers Holly Curran, Traci Finch, Chris McDaniel, Christin Hanna, Stephen Hanna, and Ashley Bouder will perform in works by Jehbreal Jackson, Constantine Baecher, Kristina Berger, Erik Wagner, Durante Verzola, Marco Pelle, and Jack Blackmon.

Directed by longtime friends and collaborators Constantine Baecher and Christin Hanna, whose friendship started in 1998 at American Ballet Theatre’s summer program in New York, the festival offers three days of entertainment with main stage performances, audience participatory demonstrations, site-specific installations, and meet-the-artists talks. The event celebrates a variety of today’s most exciting working choreographers while preserving beloved classics of the past, including works by George Balanchine, Lester Horton, and Erick Hawkins.


Tickets are available for socially-distanced two-person pods with seating provided. Organizers will release tickets in tiered waves due to potential changes in capacity limitations in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines from the California Department of Public Health.

The July 27 Gala Opening Night at the Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City is priced at $150 for general admission, a two-seat pod, as well as food, wine, and a silent auction. Guests will receive a keepsake picnic basket full of goodies. The July 28 and 29 shows at the Gatekeeper’s Museum are $50 for general admission in a two-seat pod. Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic. The show goes on the road for its July 30 performance, which will take place at Truckee’s Donner Lake, also at $50 for general admission and a two-seat pod. Bring your own picnic. (Ticket prices listed do not include handling fees.)



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