Coming In June at Boulder Swing Dance

Coming In June at Boulder Swing Dance

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!

Swing Out in Style: An Illustrated Overview of Swing Era Fashion

Swing Out in Style: An Illustrated Overview of Swing Era Fashion

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.

Ella Fitzgerald: The Queen of Jazz

Ella Fitzgerald: The Queen of Jazz

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...

Frankie Manning: The Ambassador of Swing

Frankie Manning: The Ambassador of Swing

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.”