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THE BEAT GOES ON IN VAIL, vail valley magazine

That first summer, seven kids took part in Celebrate the Beat’s Pop Hop program and artistic director and founder Tracy Straus felt lucky to have that many. Despite hanging flyers and advertising the program, no kids showed up. Not one to see the fledgling program die before it even had a chance to fly, Dance Festival Director Damian Woetzel and his wife, Heather Watts, went to the trailer park near Avon Elementary School, where the program was to be held, and recruited families to let their little ones take part, Straus says...


Local kids set to sizzle in celebrate the beat, Vail daily

Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect. Tracy Straus and a handful of Celebrate The Beat dance instructors have the undivided attention of 120 kids, which explains why they speak clearly and succinctly. You don’t have their attention for long. Friday night, 120 Celebrate the Beat kids are the opening act for Vail’s International Dance Festival. Watching them you understand that Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles started like this. In fact, Myles will be surrounded by Celebraters when they take center stage in the Ford Amphitheater...