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Sociable couple-dancing including waltz, foxtrot, swing, tango, close-dancing, "Etcetera"! If you like good music, lead/follow social dancing and a very good dance environment, please sample our events. Newcomers welcome! No partner required!

WE HOST FOUR EVENT SERIES AT THE AVALON BALLROOM. FIFTY-FOUR EVENTS PER YEAR! THEY ARE:

#1) Waltzing and Couples Dancing - Second, Fourth, and Fifth Wednesdays! One-hour instruction in two separate, simultaneous classes; either beginner waltz in the north hall (every 2nd and 4th Wednesday) or take an intermediate level dance class in another topic such as cross-step waltz, foxtrot, two-step, tango, two-step, hesitation, blues, etc.

#2) Swing Dancing to Live Music - Third and Fifth Saturdays at the Avalon! One-hour instruction then live music by the best local bands!

#3) "Tea Dancing" at the Avalon with Live Orchestras - Second Sundays. Instruction then vintage ballroom dancing to live music. Dressy attire. Waltz, foxtrot, tango, two-step and ragtime dances. Couples and singles welcome. Featuring the Mont Alto Ragtime and Tango Orchestra and Susan Rogers' Exuberant Quartet. September through May (no summer dances).

#4) New Years Eve Dance Party! Dancing 7 PM to 2:00 AM. Live music in the ballroom 7:30 PM to 1 AM with Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles Jazz Band, and the After Midnight Jazz Band. DJ Noslen plays music for Salsa and Bachata in Sodal Hall from 8 PM to 1:30 AM. DJ Tom Souza plays music for Zouk, West Coast Swing, and Kizomba in the Tango Studio 8 PM to 2:00 AM. Great food by Halina Palmer. Cash bar. Dance performances. Champagne toast at midnight. Loads of fun! A longtime Front Range tradition! Dress to Impress!

Volunteers and co-collaborators welcome!

American Vernacular Dance (AVD) hosts the monthly swing dance, vintage ballroom "Tea Dances", and Wednesday Waltz Etcetera nights at the Avalon Ballroom. AVD hosted the 2017 New Year's Eve Party at the Avalon, which was the largest single public event held at the Avalon so far in its fourteen-year history. 

Dance instructor and dance historian Jim X. Boryzm teaches couple dances, performs vintage dance, and hosts social events with live music.  Jim X. is available for private dance lessons, unique dance and music functions, and special dance projects.  Musical interests include piano, concertina and song; ragtime, and syncopated popular music. Jim is a member of the Board of Directors of the Village Arts Coalition.

Waltz, foxtrot, swing, tango and more! AVD hosts monthly swing dances with live music, vintage ballroom tea dances w/ live music, Wednesday Waltz Etc., and the New Years Eve Party at Avalon Ballroom!


BDC Member: 
Yes


Contact: 
Jim X. Borzym
 
720-317-3946
 


Website: 


All events, both regular and special, for this group follow below:

Regular Event: Wednesday Waltz Etcetera - Ballroom Dance

When:
Second and Fourth and Fifth Wednesdays of every month

Time:  
7 PM lesson; dancing 8 to 10:15 PM


Where:
The Avalon Ballroom
 
6185 Arapahoe Rd
 
Boulder CO 80303
 


Cost: 
$7 per person w/ lessons and refreshment


Note:
DJ music by Frank Vernon!


Contact: 
Jim X. Borzym
720-317-3946



Description

Waltz, cross-step waltz, foxtrot, swing, blues, one-step, two-step, maxixe, tango, hambo -- and "etcetera".

Two dance classes simultaneously!

In our main dance lesson in the ballroom, the first half hour of the lesson is aimed at dancers with fundamental dance skills and covers basic techniques for the dance. The second half hour continues the same lesson topic and is intended to teach towards a more intermediate level of dance. Lessons have included cross-step waltz, nightclub two-step, foxtrot, lindy, fast waltz, blues, schottische, redowa, syncopated waltzing, tango, etc. Classes include partner rotation, but couples can stay together. Singles and couples welcome! Novice and experienced dancers welcome!

In the north studio we have a separate dance lesson focused on novice, beginner and easy-going dance students. This class always covers one of the basic waltz styles, either rotary waltz or cross-step waltz.

Open dancing from 8 PM to 10:15 PM includes a wide variety of dance numbers. Our audio stage system has a screen where you can see the name of the current dance and the ones coming up.

Dress is anywhere in the range of casual to dressy to vintage to costume to ... etcetera!

Your admission fee includes either lesson plus light refreshments and the open dancing. Hear the terrific Avalon audio system, enjoy the great hall acoustics, dance on our fabulous cushioned oak floor, and enjoy lovely company. 

Check this website for any change of event plans due to weather. Generally this event is held during snowy nights!

SPECIAL FIFTH WEDNESDAYS;  On fifth Wednesdays our dances have special dance, musical or artistic themes. Some involve costume opportunities. Some have live music. Some have special dance performances. Tune in to AVD email notices for information on these special theme parties. Note: we do not typically offer a separate beginner class on fifth Wednesdays.

Contact AVD to get on the email notice system.

Regular Event: Vintage Ballroom Dancing - Ballroom Dance

When:
Second Sundays of every month through Sunday May 12th 2019

Time:  
1:00 PM lesson; dancing to live music 2 to 5 PM


Where:
The Avalon Ballroom
 
6185 Arapahoe Rd
 
Boulder CO 80303
 


Cost: 
$15 general; $10 students


Note:
Lessons start at 1:00 PM.


Contact: 
Jim X. Borzym
720-317-3946



Description

"Vintage" ballroom dancing to great live music at the Sunday afternoon Ragtime-Era Tea Dances. Waltz, tango, foxtrot, one-step, blues, two-step, Charleston, early swing, maxixe and half-and-half are among the couple dances we enjoy at the "Tea Dances".

Live music by the Mont Alto Ragtime and Tango Orchestra with vocalist Susan Rogers, or Susan Rogers' Exuberant Quartet, and occasionally other great local bands.

The dance lesson and lovely light refreshments are included in your admission price. The lesson is always aimed at easy lead-follow dance skills to get you dancing comfortably and meeting other dancers.

No prior dance experience required. No partner needed. Second Sunday of the month, September through May (no summer dances).

"Vintage dance" means early styles of couples dancing, including those from the early American ballroom dance craze of the ragtime-era, which is roughly that sentimental period of 1909 through 1914.

Recommended dress is dressy; i.e. vintage, neo-vintage, contemporary fashionable, or otherwise clean and neat. No shorts or casual t-shirts for men.

The Tea Dances are conducted by American Vernacular Dance.

Contact AVD to request notices via the email alert system. Any weather-related cancellations will be posted on this VAC website.

 

Special Event: New Years Eve Dance Party - Swing / Sala / Bachata / Kizomba / Ballroom / Zouk / WCS / Watlz Dance

When:
From Monday December 31st 2018 through Tuesday January 1st 2019

Time:  
7:00 PM to 2:00 AM


Where:
The Avalon Ballroom
 
6185 Arapahoe Rd
 
Boulder CO 80303
 


Cost: 
$40 advance; $45 door, cash or credit


Note:
Live Music! Three floors! Dance performances! Fine Snacks and Refreshments!


More Information:


Contact: 
Jim X. Borzym
720-317-3946

Joseph Snowhawk
303-668-7355


Description


New Years Eve Party

Please Join Us !

Monday, 31 December

 

Many, many of you have joined us for our last few New Years Eve parties and they have been amazing!

 

Ring in the New Year in Style – with Music and Friends!

The Avalon Ballroom in Boulder, Colorado.

THE LARGEST Social Dance Event of the year!

Three dance floors!

Great food! Dance performances. Champagne toast at midnight!

Our bands this year will be Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles, and After Midnight!

Put it on your calendar!

Regular Event: Third and Fifth Saturday Swing - Swing Dance

When:
Third and Fifth Saturdays of every month through Monday December 31st 2018

Time:  
7 PM Lesson; 8 to 11 PM Dance


Where:
The Avalon Ballroom
 
6185 Arapahoe Rd
 
Boulder CO 80303
 


Cost: 
$15 General; $10 Students


Note:
Third and Fifth Saturdays!


Contact: 
Jim X. Borzym
720-317-3946



Description

Swing dancing with live music! Fist an hour-long swing dance lesson (7 - 8 PM) in the basics of swing dancing, plus lots of cool moves. Then open dancing from 8 to 11:00 PM with live music by a variety of local dance orchestras.

Bands include Swing City, the Hot Tomatoes, the After Midnight Jazz Sextet, the Flatirons Jazz Band, the 18-piece Colorado Swing Big Band, Bob Harris and the Bringers of Swing, Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles, Susan Roger's Exuberant Quartet, Gypsy Swing Review, The Crystal Swing Band, Katie Glassman and Snapshot, and others.

All welcome; couples and singles, beginners, all ages. Casual or party attire. A nice place to listen to live music, even if you don't dance!

The dance lesson and light refreshments included with your admission price.

A great place to practice, and to meet other dancers!

This Saturday Swing Event is very occasionally "bumped" from the Avalon calendar! (That's one way to keep our price really low!) Check this website for alerts on the calendar for possible cancellations. Also for weather comments. Contact AVD to get on the email alert notice system, by which detailed and timely announcements are made for AVD events. Confirm before you drive!

Special Event: Tea Dance with Live Music - Ballroom Dance

When:
Sunday December 9th 2018

Time:  
1 to 5 PM


Where:
The Avalon Ballroom
 
6185 Arapahoe Rd
 
Boulder CO 80303
 


Cost: 
$15 general admission; $10 students


Contact: 
Jim X. Borzym
720-317-3946



Description

Our dance this afternoon will feature the premier performance at Avalon of the band Swing St. Vrain. Here is the way they describe themselves:

"Swing St. Vrain is a gypsy jazz ensemble based in Longmont, Colorado. Formerly known as The Hot Club of Boulder, SSV plays "le jazz hot" in style of Django Reinhardt. The group draws material from a broad variety of sources, including Latin, choro, klezmer, and carefully selected pop tunes that fit into its overall sound. Instrumentation includes Selmer and DiMauro style guitars, archtop jazz guitars, mandolin, Greek bouzouki, tenor banjo, violin, upright bass, male and female vocals in English, French, Spanish, and Yiddish. As The Hot Club of Boulder we produced three gypsy jazz festivals in Longmont, Colorado, played the Longmont Jazz Festival several times, and appeared at the first Djangofest Colorado in Crested Butte. "

Musicians:

Kaila Fluss - vocals

Holly Harwig - harmony vocals, percussion

Barron Beshoar - solo guitar, mandolin, vocals, band leader

Wayne Vandenberg - rhythm guitar

Ryne Meese - bass

Dance lesson at 1 PM. Open dancing to live music 2 to 5 PM. DJ'd music during intermissions.

$15 general admission, cash or check at the door. Dance lesson and light refreshments included. All ages.

Special Event: Saturday Swing with - Swing Dance

When:
Saturday December 15th 2018

Time:  
7 PM dance lesson; live music for dancing 8 PM to


Where:
The Avalon Ballroom
 
6185 Arapahoe Rd
 
Boulder CO 80303
 


Cost: 
$15 general admission; $10 students


Contact: 
Jim X. Borzym
720-317-3946



Description

Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles Jazz Band is a Denver-based vintage jazz band dedicated to swing music and dance. This small group style swing band packs a punch of power, personality, and wit into each show, intriguing generations new and old with the beloved charm of big band swing from the late 30’s and early 40’s. The Pickles bring it all – high energy, quality musicianship, and an authentic big band sound and look that celebrate the unique American spirit of swing. The band fuses musical influences from the sounds of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw with the showmanship of Louis Armstrong, Lucky Millinder, and Jimmy Lunceford. With a smart respect for the preservation of vintage jazz music and entertainment, the Pickles are constantly adding new and original tunes to their repertoire. They bring a unique visual flair to each performance with gimmicks, tricks, horn movements, and hat work inspired to captivate audiences all night long.

Please join us for what will not doubt be a remarkable evening!

Dance lesson at 7 PM. Beginners and experienced dancers all welcome.

Live music 8 to 11 PM.

$15 general admission, cash or check at the door. All ages.

Special Event: Swing with Hot Tomatoes - Swing Dance

When:
Saturday November 17th 2018

Time:  
7 to 11 PM


Where:
The Avalon Ballroom
 
6185 Arapahoe Rd
 
Boulder CO 80303
 


Cost: 
$15; $10 Students; Volunteers Free!


Contact: 
Jim X. Borzym
720-317-3946



Description

The Hot Tomatoes are the Denver area's longest lasting swing dance orchestra. Founded by pianist Ron Cope in 1982 this group has changed personnel over the years, but has maintained its wonderful sound and many wonderful arrangements. (More detailed information below.) I feature the Hot Tomatoes at least once a year, and in 2018 they will appear not only in their usual winter slot, but also this past spring. Hooray! Do please join us!

The evening will start with a general swing dance class at 7 PM. Suitable for beginners, it will give the basics, and then in the second half hour move into cool moves. A great way to get started and get acquainted! This month there will be a simultaneous Shim-Sham class offered in the north hall, also included in the price of admission.

The band will play from 8 to 11 PM, mostly swing, with a few foxtrots, slow numbers and waltzes. There will be recorded dance music during the two intermissions.

There are nice snacks included. The ballroom has a wonderful cushioned oak floor and a terrific audio system - not too loud! Adult beverages are BYO.

Singles, beginners, all welcome. We try to be a friendly and inclusive crowd.

American Vernacular Dance hosts over fifty dances a year at the Avalon Ballroom - swing, waltz, ballroom, vintage - and the New Years Eve gala party. Please do join us.

For more information: avd@columbine.net.

Thank you.

Jim X. Borzym

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The Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra

Well, that is their official name, and yes they are technically a dance orchestra because they play so many kinds of dance tunes, but we can think of them as a Swing Dance Band. Because that’s what they do when they swing for our dances at the Avalon.

This is a “little big band” with nine professional musicians; three horns, three brass and three rhythm players; this tends to make the music very clear – every instrument can be heard. The Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra is the most venerable swing band in Colorado that has stayed at the top of the heap. Young players that were in the band when I first moved to Colorado have taken on the leadership of the band and other younger members have joined over the decades. They have issued at least seven music recordings over the years and they are all excellent.

When you have a band like this that has all top-flight musicians, the distinction of a band starts to depend more upon their ‘book’ – the collection of arrangements that they have amassed over many years. These arrangements are often unique to a particular band and showcase the particular instrumentation of that ensemble. These arrangements are often closely held for the band’s use only. The Tomatoes have had several excellent arrangers in their orchestra.

I book the Hot Tomatoes every year and it is always a treat to dance with them. These musicians routinely say that thing about playing for dancers – that the musicians get a lot of energy from seeing the happy dancers, and that energy rebounds off the stage back out to the floor. This band will have several public appearances in the last weeks of the year, including the White Christmas Ball in Denver, and the December gathering of the Denver Jazz Club.

This is a really great swing band, and I really hope you will join us for a great party!