Welcome to your first swing dance class!

Learn Lindy Hop and Charleston, the original dances of the swing era! Swing dancing is joyful, free spirited, and infectious. It's unabashedly fun with a carefree style that closely reflects the music of the late 20s hot Jazz to the 40s Big Band music. You're going to love it!

Lindy Hop and Charleston are partnered social dances but you don’t need to bring your own partner. We rotate during the class so that you have a chance to meet and dance with many different people.

Our inclusive and friendly beginner classes run in 4 week progressive series on Monday nights at 8PM. A new series begins at the start of the month (check the schedule below for more details). We offer a beginner special–register online for our Level 1 class and get $15 off the door price.

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November Schedule

Our four-week Monday night swing classes starts November 4th and runs until November 25th. All classes are progressive meaning every week the new material builds on what was taught the week before. Register online and receive a $5 discount over the door pricing. All classes take place at the Avalon Ballroom in Boulder, located at 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO 80303.

Students get $15 off any class series (valid student ID required) by entering discount code STUDYHARD during checkout.

Level 1 Intro to Swing (November 2019)
50.00 65.00

This class is an introduction to the basic movements of swing dancing. Learn the foundations of Lindy Hop, the original swing dance. Series is 4 weeks long and takes place Monday evenings at the Avalon Ballroom. Students use discount code STUDYHARD (valid student ID required).

Dates: November 4, 11, 18, 25
Time:
8-9 PM followed by 15 minute practice session
Prerequisites: None

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Level 1.5 (November 2019)
60.00 65.00

Refine the moves covered in Level 1 while expanding your swing vocabulary. This level prepares students for our Level 2 series. Series is 4 weeks long and takes place Monday evenings at the Avalon Ballroom. Students use discount code STUDYHARD (valid student ID required).

Dates: November 4, 11, 18, 25
Time:
6:45-7:45 PM followed by 15 minute practice session
Prerequisites: Level 1

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Level 2 (November 2019)
60.00 65.00

Expand your classic swing vocabulary with new ideas and movements. Through a series of useful combinations students work on their dance and partnering technique. Each month different concepts are addressed. Series is 4 weeks long and takes place Monday evenings at the Avalon Ballroom. Students use discount code STUDYHARD (valid student ID required). November topic: TBD with Allison and Tali

Dates: November 4, 11, 18, 25
Time:
8:00-9:00 PM followed by 15 minute practice session
Prerequisites: Level 1.5

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Flatiron stomp dance party

Every 4th Saturday of the month we have a Swing Dance party at the Avalon Ballroom. There is a free 30 minute crash course before the dance to get you out and moving. Upcoming dates:

Saturday, October 28th

Saturday, November 23rd

Free lesson: 7:30-8:00 PM
Dance: 8:00-Midnight
Price: $10 at the door ($5 for students)


Flatiron Flyers performance team

Our more advanced students are eligible to join our Flatiron Flyers team. The group performs at local swing events, and at the 1940s Summer and Winter Balls. Joining a team is a great way to take your dancing to another level.


Frequently Asked Questions

Learning to take your first dance steps can be a bit daunting, but we're here to make the process as fun and friendly as possible. Here are some things to know before you begin:

WHERE ARE THE CLASSES HELD?

All classes are held at the Avalon Ballroom in Boulder, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO 80303

I MISSED THE FIRST CLASS OF THE MONTH. CAN I STILL JOIN?

Yes, you can join the second week of a series! But be aware that the class will be covering material faster than in the first week due to the progressive nature. You cannot join after the second week, but the next series is only two weeks away at this point!

DO I NEED A PARTNER?

You do not need to bring a partner. We rotate partners in all of our classes so that students get experience dancing with a variety of people. We have found that by rotating our students learn much faster.

HOW CAN I STAY INFORMED ABOUT NEW CLASSES AND EVENTS?

Click here to join our newsletter.

WHAT KIND OF SWING DANCING DO YOU TEACH?

The term “Swing” refers to a number of different dance styles that evolved in the swing era and are rooted in swing music. In our Level 1 class we start with Lindy Hop. In later levels we progress to other swing dances like Charleston and Balboa. We teach a variety of swing-era dances such as Lindy Hop, Charleston, and Balboa. While each of these dances are distinct, today most swing dancers are familiar with and dance all of them.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Lindy Hop is a casual dance, and it’s also quite athletic. We suggest comfortable clothes that you can move around in, and flat shoes that will stay on your feet (open backed shoes or flip flops don’t work well.) Followers don’t generally wear heels in Lindy.

DO I NEED TO PREREGISTER?

Preregistration isn't mandatory, but you do get a nice discount by preregistering online. Otherwise, we accept cash and most major credit cards at the door. We cannot accept checks.

WHAT IS THE ETIQUETTE AT DANCES AND IN CLASSES?

We have created a handy guide to the expected etiquette at all of our events. Following these simple guidelines will help ensure everyone has an enjoyable time. 

WHAT ABOUT PERSONAL HYGIENE?

While dancing in crowded venues it is easy to get sweaty. Most dancers bring an extra shirt or two to change into as the night goes on as dancing with someone who has sweated through their clothing is unpleasant. Also consider bringing deodorant and breath mints to stave off personal odors. If someone is particularly smelly, speak to one of the instructors or staff and they will delicately approach the issue with the person.

DO YOU OFFER PRIVATE LESSONS?

Some of our instructors offer private lessons. You can email them for availability. Instructor information can be found below.


Music

Whether you’re just looking for a little music to practice your dancing with, or you’re building a growing collection, here are some tunes to help get you started.

Some of our favorite swing era artists include Louis Jordan, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Slim and Slam, Fats Waller, Lionel Hampton, Buddy Johnson, and many more!



Meet your instructors

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KRISTER SHALM

A quantum physicist by day and dance teacher by night, Krister’s infectious energy and love for dance put people at ease and keep them coming back to learn more.  Krister is a master at making complex concepts fun and easy to understand.

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HEATHER BALLEW

Heather Ballew started dancing swing in Denver in 1996. She has spent many years performing and competing with Denver swing dance troupe, 23 Skidoo. In the classroom, Heather strives to help her students gain confidence and have fun on the social dance floor. She loves dancing with people of all levels and she is known for her connection, footwork and playfulness.

SKYE FESTOG

Skye has been dancing nearly all her life. A seasoned teacher, competitor, and performer, she brings passion and joy to the dance floor.

Contact for private lessons: sfestog52@gmail.com

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ALLISON FREY

Allison started swing dancing with Boulder Swing, and now is an organizer and teacher. Her interest in dancing began in 2010 on a study abroad program in Bangalore, India, where she began learning an Indian classical dance form called Odissi. Allison is excited to help people progress on their ongoing dance journey.

Contact for private lessons: las.lion@gmail.com

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ANNA LYNTON

Anna started swing dancing in high school and hasn’t stopped since. She loves the community surrounding the dance and the music. Outside of dancing, Anna is studying Technology, Arts, and Media and loves the outdoors.

Contact for private lessons: alynton811@gmail.com

 

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.