June is jam-packed with dance opportunities. From our Intermediate Balboa classes in Level 2.5, to our beginner series at SKEYE Brewing there's a lesson for everyone this month. Join us also for our Beginner's Bootcamp in prep for the 1940s ball June 11th, and our swing social at NCAR June 24th. Click here to find out everything we have in store for June!
You've probably noticed that swing dance events tend to showcase a particular clothing style. Contemporary but with clear vintage influences, it borrows elements from a wide span of decades. Bow ties, oxfords, pageboy caps, shirtwaist and drop-waist dresses, bow blouses.... Sound familiar?
If you've ever wondered which style elements come from which era, or which societal changes influenced American trends over the years, you're in luck! Let's take a tour of jazz era style through the decades.
We are very grateful to the woman who rents our dance space to us. You may have even danced with her before! Click here to read a little about the one and only Mamie Kakes.
Ella Fitzgerald's recordings capture many of the jazz era's best-known songs, like "Summertime," "My Funny Valentine," and "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got that Swing." Every jazz fan knows her music, or at least some of it—she was a famously prolific musician, with over 200 albums to her name. But what else do you know about the First Lady of Swing? Click here to read more...
Join us this April for classes of all levels on Monday nights in Boulder. Head to Longmont for our beginner series on Wednesday's and join us at SKEYE for a social dance on the last Wednesday of the month. Don't miss our 3-hour Slow Dance workshop on April 9th. Information on that and more: click here!
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!