Event Information

   Colorado Friends of Old Time Music and Dance  |   Social Dancing


Colorado Friends Of Old Time Music And Dance is a non-profit organization that
runs nearly 100 community participatory dances per year - such as contra dances
- with live music and calling in the Denver and Boulder metro area of Colorado.
No prior dance experience is necessary, and almost all of our dances are
preceded by a lesson. Community dances are very social by nature - married and
unmarried couples, singles accompanied with friends or arriving alone, and
anyone from age 9 to 109 who enjoys dancing are welcome.  See you there!

    Click here for latest changes and cancellations  or call Paul at:  970-353-6340.

For additional info, see contact/website below.


CFOOTMAD promotes participatory American folk dances of various genres and eras including contras, squares, waltzes and more. All with excellent live music!


BDC Member: 
Yes


Contact: 
Teri Rasmusson
 
720-352-1770
 


Website: 


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

Regular Event: Denver Community Contra Dance - Contra Dance

When:
Second and Fourth Fridays of every month

Time:  
8-11pm (7:15 lesson)


Where:
Highlands Masonic Center
 
3550 Federal Blvd
 
Denver CO
 


Cost: 
$10 general, $8 members, $5 students


Note:
See calendar at cfootmad.org for last-minute event changes/cancellations


Contact: 
Duffy Boyle
303-882-9361

Paul
970-353-6340


Description

Contra dancing is participatory American folk dancing - vigorous and enthusiastic.  Contra dances feature live music every time - Irish fiddle music, Old Time fiddle music or some wild derivation. Fun and easy to do, each dance is taught before the music begins. Our typical Friday night dance is held 2nd and 4th Fridays with an easy lesson beginning at 7:15 p.m.  All are welcome and no partner is needed. 

 

 Denver's Contra Hall, Highlands Masonic Center

 

Regular Event: Boulder Community Contra Dance - Contra Dance

When:
First and Third Fridays of every month

Time:  
8-11pm (7:15 lesson)


Where:
The Avalon Ballroom
 
6185 Arapahoe Rd
 
Boulder CO 80303
 


Cost: 
$10 general, $8 members, $5 students


Note:
Shoes with clean soles are mandatory.
See calendar at cfootmad.org for last-minute event changes/cancellations


Contact: 
Teri Rasmusson
303-827-3844

Paul
970-353-6340


Description

Contra dancing is participatory American folk dancing - vigorous and enthusiastic. Contra dances feature live music every time - Irish fiddle music, Old Time fiddle music or some wild derivation. Fun and easy to do, each dance is taught before the music begins. Our typical evening dance is held 1st and 3rd Fridays with an easy lesson beginning at 7:15 p.m. All are welcome, and no partner is needed.

Regular Event: Boulder Waltz Night - Waltz Dance

When:
Fifth Fridays of every month

Time:  
8-11pm (7:00 p.m.lesson)


Where:
The Avalon Ballroom
 
6185 Arapahoe Rd
 
Boulder CO 80303
 


Cost: 
$10 general, $8 members, $5 students


Note:
Shoes with clean soles are mandatory.
See calendar at cfootmad.org for last-minute event changes/cancellations


More Information:


Contact: 
Viki Lawrence
303-913-2534

Paul
970-353-6340


Description

An evening of waltzing to live music by local ensembles playing traditional music from a variety of countries including the British Isles. You may come alone or bring a partner, but in this relaxed evening people generally dance with a different partner for each dance. Dress can be casual to dressy, vintage to modern! A free lesson is provided at 7:00 p.m. for people just (or still) learning to waltz. Light refreshments are provided during the breaks.

 

2017 Schedule:

Mar 31st:  Band - Barb Kirchner, Ed Secor, and Mark Brissenden; 7:00 p.m. lesson:  Robert Warden teaching

Jun 30th:   Band - Deb Carstensen & Friends; 7:00 p.m. lesson:  Robert Warden

Sep 29th:  Band - Southwind; 7:00 p.m. lesson:  Tom Masterson

Dec 29th:  Band - TBA; 7:00 p.m. lesson:  TBA

 

Regular Event: Westminster Old-Time Community Dance - Contra Dance

When:
Fourth Saturdays of every month

Time:  
7-10pm


Where:
Westminster Grange Hall
 
3935 West 73rd
 
Westminster CO
 


Cost: 
$8 general, $6 members, $4 kids


Note:
See calendar at cfootmad.org for last-minute event changes/cancellations


Contact: 
Patricia Danscen
303-827-5828

Paul
970-353-6340


Description

The Westminster Grange Hall dance features squares, reels, circles, contras, waltzes and other couples dances. Live American old-time music is provided with Southern, Northwest and Northeast influences. Beginning dancers are always welcome and supported. Callers and musicians seeking to gain experience should contact the dance organizers for information on calling and participating in a band at this dance. Casual dress, no partner needed, all dances are taught, beginners and well-behaved youngsters are welcome.

Regular Event: Zesty Contra Dance - Contra Dance

When:
Second Saturdays of every month

Time:  
7-10pm


Where:
Scheitler Recreation Center at Berkeley Park
 
5031 W 46 Ave
 
Denver CO
 


Cost: 
$12 general, $10 members, $5 students


Note:
See calendar at cfootmad.org for last-minute event changes/cancellations


Contact: 
Caroline Fuller
303-444-9801

Paul
970-353-6340


Description

Zesty Contras are for dancers with enough experience to successfully do contra corners, hey-for-four, half-figure-eight above, California twirl, and similar moves with only occasional explanation from the caller. Zesties are danced with little caller instruction and minimal walk-throughs. Emphasis is on good timing, good manners, and smooth moves. Dancers help each other so we can all have a great time. If you have been dancing for a while, check out the Zesty Contras - you will be in for the time of your life - fun and engaging!

Special Event: Denver Community Contra Dance - Contra Dance

When:
Sunday October 8th 2017

Time:  
1-5pm; (Waltzing from 1-2pm) No lesson


Where:
Highlands Masonic Center
 
3550 Federal Blvd
 
Denver CO
 


Cost: 
$15


Note:
See calendar at cfootmad.org for last-minute event changes/cancellations


Contact: 
Duffy Boyle
303-882-9361

Paul
970-353-6340


Description

 

**Special Contra Dance** - Dedicated in memory of long-time member Louis Sass

 Presenting Great Bear 5.0

 (with Rick Smith calling)

Elixir

 


 

For more than sixteen years, GREAT BEAR has set the standard and pushed the boundaries of modern contra dance music. They are known all over North America for their epic dynamics, genre-transcending arrangements and deep dance grooves. Andrew VanNorstrand (guitars and fiddle), Noah VanNorstrand (fiddle, mandolin and feet) and Kim “Mama Bear” Yerton (piano) are joined by Chris Miller (saxophones and banjo), Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens (clarinet) and Dana Billings (drums)

Special thanks to Robbie & John Cartwright, Stan McMillan, and Mel Haik for helping to make this event possible

  (Waltzing from 1-2pm)

Special Event: Boulder Community Contra Dance - Contra Dance

When:
Friday October 6th 2017

Time:  
8-11pm (7pm lesson)


Where:
The Avalon Ballroom
 
6185 Arapahoe Rd
 
Boulder CO 80303
 


Cost: 
$15


Note:
See calendar at cfootmad.org for last-minute event changes/cancellations


Contact: 
Teri Rasmusson
303-827-3844

Paul
970-353-6340


Description

 

**Special Contra Dance**

Presenting  Great Bear 5.0

  (with Ed Hall calling)

For more than sixteen years, GREAT BEAR has set the standard and pushed the boundaries of modern contra dance music. They are known all over North America for their epic dynamics, genre-transcending arrangements and deep dance grooves. Andrew VanNorstrand (guitars and fiddle), Noah VanNorstrand (fiddle, mandolin and feet) and Kim “Mama Bear” Yerton (piano) are joined by Chris Miller (saxophones and banjo), Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens (clarinet) and Dana Billings (drums)

Special thanks to Robbie & John Cartwright, Stan McMillan, and Mel Haik for helping to make this event possible

Special Event: Boulder Waltz Night - Waltz Dance

When:
Friday September 29th 2017

Time:  
8-11pm (7:00 lesson)


Where:
The Avalon Ballroom
 
6185 Arapahoe Rd
 
Boulder CO 80303
 


Cost: 
$10 general, $8 members, $5 students


Note:
Shoes with clean soles are mandatory.
See calendar at cfootmad.org for last-minute event changes/cancellations


More Information:


Contact: 
Viki Lawrence
303-913-2534

Paul
970-353-6340


Description

An evening of waltzing to live music by local ensembles playing traditional music from a variety of countries including the British Isles. You may come alone or bring a partner, but in this relaxed evening people generally dance with a different partner for each dance. Dress can be casual to dressy, vintage to modern! A free lesson is provided at 7pm for people just (or still) learning to waltz. Light refreshments are provided during the breaks.

 Band - Southwind

   (7:00 p.m. lesson:  Tom Masterson)

Special Event: Boulder Waltz Night - Waltz Dance

When:
Friday December 29th 2017

Time:  
8-11pm (7:00 lesson)


Where:
The Avalon Ballroom
 
6185 Arapahoe Rd
 
Boulder CO 80303
 


Cost: 
$10 general, $8 members, $5 students


Note:
Shoes with clean soles are mandatory.
See calendar at cfootmad.org for last-minute event changes/cancellations


More Information:


Contact: 
Viki Lawrence
303-913-2534

Paul
970-353-6340


Description

An evening of waltzing to live music by local ensembles playing traditional music from a variety of countries including the British Isles. You may come alone or bring a partner, but in this relaxed evening people generally dance with a different partner for each dance. Dress can be casual to dressy, vintage to modern! A free lesson is provided at 7pm for people just (or still) learning to waltz. Light refreshments are provided during the breaks.

 Band - TBD

   (7:00 p.m. lesson:  TBD)