Lil Buck leads a children's class at the 2011 Vail International Dance Festival

The Vail International Dance Festival has released a tantalizing sample of its 2013 performance schedule.  The biggest surprise is ballet rebel of the moment Sergei Polunin. (He blew the dance world's collective mind with his departure from The Royal Ballet last year.) The Ukrainian-born dancer is slated to appear at one of the program's International Evenings celebrating talents from around the world.

Other highlights of the festival's 25th anniversary season (July 28–August 10) include appearances by Pacific Northwest Ballet, Argentinian tango icon Gabriel Misséand and New York City Ballet principals Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild as artists in residence. World premieres by Paul Taylor, Lil Buck, Larry Keigwin and Brian Brooks will also grace the Vail stages. There will even be a performance devoted to recognizing virtuosic footwork in different dance genres. We can't wait until the full schedule comes out next month!

Tickets for the VIDF go on sale March 13. More info here

Photo by Erin Baiano

On Friday, Grand Central Terminal celebrated its 100th birthday in classic Big Apple fashion: sensational performances attended by huge crowds of spectators.

Highlights of the all-day event included addresses by Cynthia Nixon, Billy Collins and legendary Mets player Keith Hernandez. Musical performances ranged from the West Point band to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's electric violinist Sarah Charness. And then of course the dancing: the Knicks City Dancers, Knicks City Kids and Keigwin + Company made appearances, as well as hundreds of young students from NYC's Dancing Classrooms, a public school ballroom dance outreach program and subject of the 2005 documentary Mad Hot Ballroom.

Photographer Jason Lewis captured these images of students foxtrotting, rhumba-ing and waltzing across Grand Central's main concourse floor, an opportunity few dancers can hope to experience:

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All photos courtesy of Goodman Media for Grand Central Terminal

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