University of Wyoming hosts a vertical dance festival each summer


Students who enjoy taking part in a variety of physically challenging activities may benefit from enrolling in a school that offers numerous extracurricular programs. For example, every year in late August, the University of Wyoming's Snowy Range Summer Theater and Dance Festival hosts its Vertical Dance festival, according to the school.

Vertical dance is a unique blend of modern dance techniques that uses ropes and the natural contours of rock to allow free-flowing aerial movement, according to Vedauwoo.org. Known to the Arapaho Indians as "Land of the Earthborn Spirit," the rock formations of Vedauwoo attract climbers, mountain bikers, hikers, vertical dancers, star-gazers, anglers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers from across the world. They are some of the oldest rocks in Wyoming, but are still more than a billion years younger than the Tetons.

Vedauwoo is also a natural amphitheater for the Vertical Dance Festival. Since 1998, the natural rock formations at Vedauwoo have offered locals a natural set to view dance. In 2009, the audience totaled more than 1,800 people. The performance was nominated for the Wyoming Arts Council's Governor's Arts Award. 

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