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 email@example.com
We are currently taking a break over the summer. Our next class session will begin Monday, September 9th.
We are taking a summer break. Our next class series will begin on Monday, September 9th.
We are moving our venue to the Avalon Ballroom located on Arapahoe in Boulder. We will be holding class sessions weekly on Monday nights starting in September, along with a monthly Saturday dance. Stay tuned for more details.
Big Changes Coming to Boulder Swing
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.