Jun 032014
 

This Saturday will be hosting our monthly Saturday dance at the Avalon:

What: 1st Saturday Dance
Where: Avalon Ballroom (6185 Arapahoe Road)
Class: 7:30-8:30 $15 (includes dance)
Dance: 8:30-12:00 $5

Also, this Saturday we’ll be featuring Krister Shalm in our new Swing Chat Series:
There’s a lot to learn about swing dancing – and not all of it involves physical movement.

Now introducing: The Swing Chat Series brought to you by Boulder Swing Dance!

What is it?
The Swing Chat series is going to be dedicated to learning about Lindy Hop, Balboa, the music, the era, and the culture. Each class will have a specific topic and we’ll bring in a guest expert that will lead a discussion/talkback/lecture on a variety of topics within the Swing culture.

When is it?
We’ll host a class on the 1st Saturday of each month from 7:30-8:30(ish) before our dance. The class will cost $15, and you’ll get into the dance for free (yes, you may use your punchcard for the Swing Chat).

What are the types of things that I will learn?
Lindy Hop/swing dancing really is its own culture. Some of the talks will include the following:
Music
Lindy Hop History
Frankie Manning
Vintage Dancing in Film (i.e. Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Busby Berkely & others)
Balboa History
Vintage Hairstyles
Lindy Hop Today
DJing
… and much more

Awesome! When is the next Swing Chat, and what will be covered?
The next Swing Chat will be before our dance on July 5th, and Krister Shalm (international physicist) will be talking about physics and Lindy Hop.  In addition to his suave dancing, Krister is an internationally known physicist! He’s delivered speeches all around the world, and he’s given two separate tedTalks. They call him the Dancing Physicist, and he’s got a lot to say about Lindy Hop, physics, and how they interact. This talk will be fun, interesting, and you’ll likely walk away with a better understanding of Lindy Hop, AND how the universe works.

 

Here are the remaining details:
What: Swing Chat Series: featuring Ian Hutchinson
Where: Avalon Ballroom (North Lobby) 6185 Arapahoe Road
When: Saturday, July 5th – 7:30-8:30
Cost: $15 (or 1 punch) – includes the dance

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Apr 282014
 

Shana Worel, who has been running Boulder Swing Dance for over 15 years will be relocating to Boston, and we’re going to throw her one heck of a party!

Shana has had a massive influence on the Colorado/Boulder swing scene. She known for her nationally recognized DJ skills, her award winning Balboa, her high quality instruction, her fantastic social dancing, and for being an all-around outstanding individual. Shana and Jason (Smarty Fancy’s) will be dearly, dearly missed.

To celebrate Shana & Jason, we’re going to throw them an AWESOME party including:
-LIVE music from The Ian Hutchison Swing Band
-World class DJing from Peter Flahiff
-TONS of social dancers
-Performances (Maybe)

Here are the details:
Where: Sodal Hall (back room) in the Avalon (6185 Arapahoe Road)
When: May 3rd, 2014
Class: 7:30-8:30 ($15)
Dance: 8:30-??? ($10)

Bring your friends, and help us pack out the Avalon!

PS. Please note that Heather Ballew is hosting a beginner Balboa workshop during the day with the famous Peter Flahiff – if you pay for the workshop the dance is free!

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Apr 022014
 

Recently we (Boulder Swing Dance) have been working to improve our level 3 classes, and our goal is to bring higher quality instruction, and better consistency within the class. To accomplish this goal, we are going to try something new:

-The class series will last 2 full months
-The class will be audition based (auditions will happen on the first week, the series will begin the following week)
-Every 8 week class series will offer a new & fabulous local instructor

The April-May classes will feature the new Colorado implant, Jesse Hanus! Auditions for this series will begin on 4/7, and the entire series will start on 4/14 and end on 5/19. Here are some relevant questions and details:

Auditions?! What? When? And How?
-Anybody and everybody can audition!
-Auditions are intended to be fun, and low-pressure. The purpose is to showcase your dancing for the instructors, and the instructors will choose specific dancers to focus their attention in the weeks to come.
-The audition on 4/7 will focus on social dancing (slow, medium, fast), basics (slow, medium, fast), and a short/fun solo routine. We will rotate partners for each section.
-After the audition – we’ll e-mail everyone who tried out, and let you know who made it in the series
-If the instructors select you, we expect you to be able to attend the series – you were chosen for a reason

What if I didn’t make the cut?
-First and foremost – don’t worry about it, and definitely don’t take it personal. The instructors have a specific agenda, and they chose dancers that are the best fit for that agenda. You’re well loved, valued, and important to Boulder Swing Dance
-Also we want to empower you! The Level 3 class will last from 7:00-8:00, but from 8:15-9:15 the same instructors are going to be teaching a series on “how to become a level 3 student.” They’ll be teaching the things the value most about partner dancing, and they share their best tips and tricks. This class will be open to all level 2 and level 3 dancers.

Additional Questions?
E-mail us at Stephen@BoulderSwingDance.com

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Mar 312014
 

Hey Folks! Tonight (3/31) we will be starting our April series for level 1 and level 2. Also, please note that our Level 3 class is cancelled for tonight (we’re reorganizing the class and need just 1 more week). More details soon to come!

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Mar 012014
 

Nature is trying to be a downer, but we’re still dancing tonight. See you on the dance floor!

Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, CO 80303
Beginner class 7:30-8:30
Dance 8:30-12:00
$15 for class + dance
$5 dance only
Students 2 for 1

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 Posted by at 5:59 pm
Feb 262014
 

Join us this weekend for our monthly Saturday Dance in Sodal Hall. This week we will be featuring your Boulder Swing house instructors & DJ’s:

Here’s the spec’s:
What: Saturday Stomp
When: Saturday, March 1st
Where: Sodal Hall (Avalon Ballroom; 6185 Arapahoe Road)
Class: 7:30-8:30 ($15)
Dance: 8:30-12:00 ($5)

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Feb 052014
 

It’s been a long time comin’, and by request, Stephen Newcomb & Heather Ballew are hosting another aerial class on 2/15/14! Aerials (or air steps) are a signature mark of Lindy Hop, and Heather & Stephen will guide partners through a few basic lifts in a safe and secure environment. This class will be open to all levels, but please note that you MUST bring your own partner (we will not rotate partners).

Specifically, Heather & Stephen will be teaching the following:
-Spotting
-Frog Jump
-Split Kick
-Knickerbocker
-Lard Chucker

Also, please note the special instructions below:
-you MUST have a partner for this class
-please wear “sticky” shoes (ie. tennis shoes)
-please wear comfortable (and secure) moving clothes (ie. sweatpants, t-shirts, etc)
-If you plan on flying, please bring a light jacket (to prevent strawberry burns)

Here’s the 411:
What: Aerials class
When: Saturday, February 15th
Where: Avalon Ballroom 6185 Arapahoe Road (Boulder, CO)
Time: 2am-5pm
Cost: $30 per person ($60 per couple)

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Feb 012014
 

Let it snow, but we’re still dancing tonight!

Our First Saturday dance is tonight! This dance will be especially fun because we plan to fine tune our DJing skills to accompany all the Balboa dancers in town in preparation for Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout. Don’t miss out and bring your friends!

What: Saturday Stomp
Where: Avalon Ballroom (6185 Arapahoe Road, Boulder)
When: Saturday 2/1/2014
Class: 7:30-8:30 ($15)
Dance: 8:30-12:00 ($5)

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And if you’re planning on coming to the Balboa Bootcamp, that is a go as well!

This month, our Bootcamp workshop features 2 tracks of instruction! We are offering a Beginner track, and an Intermediate/Advanced track, plus an evening of social dancing. This is a great opportunity to get warmed up for Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout!

Balboa is a swing era dance characterized by intricate footwork, a close connection between partners, and subtlety of movement. It’s easy to do at fast tempos and is a great complement to Lindy Hop. It looks like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5avaMhJC_ZM

Whether you are a complete beginner, or you have some Balboa experience under your belt, we have a track for you!

WHEN: Saturday, February 1st at 4:00pm

LOCATION: The Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Ave; Boulder, CO 80303

COST: $45 (includes 3 hours of classes, the clips talk, and the evening dance)

SCHEDULE:
4:00-7:00 Classes
7:30-8:30 Dinner (bring your own), video presentation
8:30-12:00 Social dance at Boulder Swing Dance’s First Saturday Stomp (included with workshop admission)

INSTRUCTORS: Heather Ballew and Amy Dalton (Beginner Track); Jason Swihart and Shana Worel (Intermediate/Advanced Track)

QUESTIONS? Post below, or email Heather at ballewh@msn.com

Brought to you by: Denver Balboa and Boulder Swing Dance

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 Posted by at 10:54 am
Jan 302014
 

Want to get ready for Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout? Want to learn Balboa from scratch or wish you could expand the Balboa you know? We’ve got a perfect workshop for you!

This Saturday, February 1, Heather Ballew, Jason Swihart, Shana Worel and Amy Dalton will be teaching a 2-level Balboa Bootcamp at the Avalon Ballroom in Boulder. The Beginner track will start you from scratch in Balboa or help you build confidence in your skills if you just started. The Intermediate/Advanced track will boost those who have the basics of Balboa down (Pure Bal, Toss Outs, Out and Ins, Ad Libs, Lollies, etc) and want to refine them as well as add new vocabulary.

During the dinner hour, we will be watching classic Balboa and Swing clips and talking about the dancers. This is a great way to see where the dance came from and get inspiration.

That night, join us for Boulder Swing Dance’s first Saturday dance, which will be a great time to practice!

WHEN: Saturday, February 1st at 4:00pm

LOCATION: The Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Ave; Boulder, CO 80303

COST: $45 (includes 3 classes, the clips class and the dance!)

SCHEDULE:
4:00-7:00 Classes
7:30-8:30 Dinner (bring your own), video presentation
8:30-12:00 Social dance at Boulder Swing Dance’s First Saturday Stomp (included with workshop admission)

INSTRUCTORS: Heather Ballew and Amy Dalton (Beginner Track); Jason Swihart and Shana Worel (Intermediate/Advanced Track)

QUESTIONS? Post below, or email Heather at ballewh@msn.com

Brought to you by: Denver Balboa and Boulder Swing Dance

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 Posted by at 10:10 am
Jan 302014
 

Our first and only Saturday dance is quickly approaching! This dance will be especially fun because we plan to fine tune our DJing skills to accompany all the Balboa dancers in town in preparation for Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout. Don’t miss out and bring your friends!

What: Saturday Stomp
Where: Avalon Ballroom (6185 Arapahoe Road, Boulder)
When: Saturday 2/1/2014
Class: 7:30-8:30 ($15)
Dance: 8:30-12:00 ($5)

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