Frankie grew up in Harlem and started going to dances with his mother at around age 12. He went to his first dance at the Renaissance Ballroom with his mom when he was 14. He was so excited to be at an adult dance and dancing with his mother. After the first dance his mother grabbed him by the hand and walked off the floor shaking her head. When he asked what the matter was she said, “Frankie, you'll never be a dancer. You're too stiff.” Instead of quitting, he took the comment as constructive criticism. He wrote, “If she had never told me I was stiff, I might never have become a dancer.”
We've got a full range of classes for beginners to advanced on Monday nights, starting at 7 PM. We're excited to announce, you can now take Level 1.5 at SKEYE Brewing on Wednesdays, as well as our beginner series. Join us for live music with Jeremy Mohney on the 6th and our Super Bowl Party. Join us for Black History Month and learn about how this American dance got started!
This past year our focus at Boulder Swing was on community. At the start of the year a number of dear friends moved away, but over the last twelve months we have gained a whole new cohort of enthusiastic and awesome dancers. We really wanted to create a warm, welcoming, and friendly environment at Boulder Swing. This involved restructuring our curriculum as well as adding in more ways for people to connect in non-dance settings such as our monthly socials. We love our community, and in 2017 we hope to make things even stronger...
Learn to dance in 2017 with Boulder Swing! Take our beginner series at the regular time and place, or at SKEYE Brewing on Wednesdays. Also on Monday nights, we have a new Level 1.5 class, Level 2 students will learn Balboa, and students who've been through all of our level 2 classes can take a special 2.5 class at 7 PM. Read class descriptions and find out about our monthly social here!
Swingin’ Denver and Boulder Swing Dance co-hosted a special event last month at the Savoy: the Denver Jass Jamboree. With a daytime teacher training workshop followed by a meet-the-scene dance with music from Jeremy Mohney and his Big Four, dancers convened from all over the Front Range and beyond to learn, socialize and dance the night away. Here's our coverage of the event.
Get your Dance on this December! We're running four blocks of specialty classes this month for the first two Monday's including 20's Charleston, Boogie Woogie, Tango, ways to improve your Lindy, and two routines. Our progressive classes, and SKEYE will pick back up in January. And for our social event, ice skate with us Saturday, December 10th. Click here for class descriptions and dates!
We wrapped up week 4 with a great turn out! The Flatiron Stompers had their last practice before their performance this Saturday. Students in 1.5 learned the Shim Sham and Level 1 learned the Frankie Phrase. Students in Level 2 learned a handful of savoy moves, and we had a great turn out for our social dance. Click here for video recaps and photos from our social dance.
Happy Thanksgiving, all. Week 3 continued with the twist around combination for Level 1. Students in 1.5 went on with promenades, and Level 2 students practiced swing out variations. Our Flatiron Stompers are nearly ready, and working so hard. Click here for video recaps and photos from our "You Mustache Me To Dance" social dance.
On Week 2 Level 1 Students practiced their "I Love Lindy Hop" combinations while 1.5 continued with Promenades. Level 2 students continued with the Savoy curriculum and our Flatiron Stompers performance team learned the last stretch of their routine. Click here for video recaps and photos from our social dance.
Review our classes from week 1 in November: Level 1 students learned our rock step, triple step footwork and three combinations, while Level 1.5 reviewed the Frankie Phrases and started Promenades. Level 2 students learned some fun moved inspired by Frankie Manning and our Flatiron Stompers are almost ready to perform! Click here for video recaps and photos from our social dance with Jeremy Mohney and his band!