Swing dancing is a “catch all” term for the dances that originated in the swing era and were danced to swing music. At Boulder Swing Dance we specialize in Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Charleston; authentic partner swing dances in a friendly and welcoming environment! These three original swing dances are characterized by their high energy and joyful nature.

Today there's a vast community of swing dancers that stretches around the globe. It's a great way to stay fit and meet new people. Check out our Swing 101 page for more information.

Need some music to get your feet tapping? Our Music page has got you covered.

Learn to swing dance by getting started with our month-long Level 1 Intro to Swing series. No Partner needed. Join our Monday night Level 1 series at the start of any month. To help you prepare for what to expect in your first class, we have put together a handy guide.

All of our classes are progressive which means they build on one another. Click here to find out more about our curriculum. 

We also offer private lessons. To find out more about private lessons, check out our instructors page to see which of our teachers are currently offering private lessons, or email us at info@boulderswingdance.com

You can join any of our class series the first or second Monday of the month. Our next Level 1 class series will begin on Monday, January 7th in the New Year. If you are more advanced or already have swing experience, then check our schedule and class descriptions to figure out what level is appropriate for you.

Our classes take place at Kakes Studios in downtown Boulder. We also have regular social events, and occasional special events and dances.

May Schedule

Our classes run in a 4-week series that begin the first Monday of the month in Boulder at Kakes studio. Our next class series begins May 6th. You can join a class in either the first or second week of the month, but after that you must wait until the following month’s series. This month we will be having live bands at our May 6th and 27th dances, and there will be classes and a dance on Memorial Day.

May will be our last regular class session before we take the summer off. Classes will resume in the fall. Because of restructuring that is taking place, all active punch cards will be expiring at the end of May.


Starts 5/6/19
6:30-8:00 Team
7:00-8:00 Level 1.5 (Promenades)
8:00-9:00 Level 1 (Intro) Level 2 (Special Topics)
9:00 Dance

may special topics

Instead of our regular Level 2 classes in May, we will be holding a series of specialty classes. These are open to all of our Level 1.5 and Level 2 students.

May 6: Dips and Tricks
May 13: 20’s Charleston
May 20: Slides
May 27: Steals



Drop-in: $15/class
4-class punchcard: $50 ($30 Students) Punchcards can be shared by more than one person and are transferable.

Monday Dance
DJ Night: $5
Band night: $10
Take a class, get into the dance for free


Kakes Studios
2115 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO, 80302


Big Changes Coming to Boulder Swing

Kakes has been the home of the Boulder Swing Dance community for 16 years.

Kakes has been the home of the Boulder Swing Dance community for 16 years.

Since 2003 Kakes Studios has served as the literal and spiritual home of Boulder Swing Dance. Mamie Kakes has provided an incredible space for the Boulder dance and arts community for the past 36 years. Unfortunately it is with great sadness that we must report Kakes Studios will be closing at the end of May. Words cannot express our gratitude to Mamie for providing our community a place to come together year-after-year.

We are currently working on a contingency plan, and will share more information as soon as we have a clearer idea of how we will move forward. Most likely we will be taking the summer off starting in June as we regroup, and will be looking to relaunch in the fall (probably around September) with new ideas, energy, and leadership. If you have any leads on space that we can use for classes or dances, please drop us a line at info@boulderswingdance.com.

Here are some important things to note:

1) All outstanding punchcards will expire at the end of May, and for this reason we are no longer going to sell 10 class punch cards. It is an almost certainty that our new class/workshop/dance/management structure will not fit with a punch card system. Our stability and consistency at Kakes is one of the major reasons that enabled us to offer punch cards. If you have a partially used punch card sitting in a drawer, come on out and dance with us over the next few months.
2) We are still going to have our regular class series and team practice through the end of May at Kakes. Punch cards will still work during this time frame for classes.
3) Our tentative last Monday classes and dance will be Memorial Day. We plan to throw an epic farewell bash then, so mark your calendars.

On Friday, May 3d at 7PM we will be holding a community meeting at Kakes Studios to discuss the upcoming changes. All are welcome. However things shake out we want to continue to provide a space to share our passion for swing dance. We love our community, and thank you for the love and support as we transition into this next phase.


Give the Gift of swing!

Looking for gift ideas? Our punch card gift certificates make the perfect present for those who want to learn to Swing dance. A 4 class punch card is enough to cover one of our monthly series, and a single punch card can also be shared amongst multiple people. Shop now

Boulder Swing T-Shirts are now available

The Boulder Swing Dance t-shirts are ready. Our new "Lindy Hops" shirt, designed by Natalia Eristavi and Augie Freeman, is a dance pun that also captures the spirit of Boulder with this fun dance pun. These super comfy shirts are from American Apparel and feature a 50:50 blend of cotton and polyester.  Order yours today.


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