I'll never forget the rewarding experience of dancing on the same bill as so many other talented and accomplished people. If you haven't experienced dancing in altitude specifically Vail at 8,000+ feet, the sense of accomplishment at the end of a program is magnified in unquantifiable amounts. Every breath is shorter because the oxygen is reduced significantly at that altitude. Our brains need O2 more than our bodies at a certain point of physical exertion. If you don't take a few moments with that oxygen tank you're bound to start feeling a little out of sorts when your body is giving its all on stage. Incidentally it also happened to be one of the coolest summers on record for Vail. I vividly recall seeing the co2 fall out of our mouths at the opening of Company B and in other still moments throughout the evening. However, despite the lack of oxygen and warmth, this festival is always a highlighted event in my life at Taylor, indeed as a dancer.
The following shots were taken from backstage on the night of the world premieres. Due to the obstacles of sight lines I had a very limited range of where I could shoot and not be seen by a majority of the audience.