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.”

Reflections on 2016 and plans for 2017

Reflections on 2016 and plans for 2017

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...

Coming in January 2017 at Boulder Swing Dance

Coming in January 2017 at Boulder Swing Dance

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!

Jass Jamboree Recap

Jass Jamboree Recap

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. 

Coming in December at Boulder Swing Dance

Coming in December at Boulder Swing Dance

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!