The SlowBall Weekend 2019
Jun
7
to Jun 9

The SlowBall Weekend 2019

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SlowBall Weekend is an intimate slow dance experience.

Classes on slow Balboa, slow Swing, and Laminu.

Event Highlights:

  • Internationally recognized instructors

  • Two competitions

    • Saturday night, a slow Mix&Match

    • Slow Strictly.

  • Live swing music

  • Social dancing all night

 
Tickets

By registering for the event you agree to the following:

  • No full refunds will be allowed. Pass Transfers must be completed by May 6th, 2019. There is a $30 transfer fee to transfer your pass to another person. Since we are in our first year of this event, then we are unable to offer attendees the option of using this pass for future years as we are unsure if we will hold this event again. (note: this applies to pass credit only; no credit can be given for add-ons or won passes).

  • I understand that swing dancing is both physical and athletic, and therefore poses some natural risks, for which I accept full responsibility. Furthermore I agree not to hold cmDance, or its organizers legally or morally responsible for any injury or mental discomfort I experience under any circumstance. Therefore, I hereby waive any and all liability claims against cmDance, its organizers, their agents and instructors or their agents for any and all injuries which I might suffer during, and/or as a result of, my participation in the Event, in Denver, CO and its surrounding areas and parking lots. I also assume all responsibility and liability for any injuries I might suffer, or cause, during, and/or as a result of my participation in the Event, in Denver, CO and its surrounding areas and parking lots. Furthermore, I absolve cmDance, its organizers, their agents and instructors or their agents of any and all responsibility for future injuries I might suffer or cause as a result of my participation in the Event, in Denver, CO, and its surrounding areas and parking lots.

  • By executing this waiver, I state that I am in good physical and mental health and know of no reason why I should be unable to fully participate in all event activities in which I partake.

  • I understand that cmDance intends to record participation in the classes, dances, and special events on video and in photographs. I expressly grant cmDance the unlimited right and authority to use any such recording in any and all media in which I appear by whatever ways or means with no obligation to me. Such recordings are the sole property of cmDance.

  • The SlowBall Weekend is a private event and may refuse admission to any individual if it believes they pose a threat to any other attendees.

  • cmDance reserves the right to update these Terms and Conditions at any time, and will update our registrants with the new version when and if that occurs.

Instructors

Olga Marino

Olga was born into a family of teachers and since early years has been an energetic live wire – studying music, doing athletics, martial arts and gymnastics. In 2007 she was introduced to Lindy Hop and this is where the real passion story begins. She got dance hooked and started to explore more of the dance world by getting into Blues and later Balboa. She has been actively travelling the globe in pursuit of more opportunities to dance, learn and compete. Later she began to share her love for swing music and dance by teaching. Now Olga is the international balboa instructor, teaching solo and couple Balboa all over the world.

At her classes she pays a lot of attention to getting the students interested and involved by giving challenging and fun tasks, working both on technique and musicality and infecting them even more with the love of dancing. For the time being she is passionately developing a new direction of swing dance practices – iSoloBalboa – offline and online solo classes for balboa leaders and followers which aim at polishing up technique and developing creativity and musicality

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Andreas Olssen

Andreas Olsson lives in Stockholm, Sweden. He grew up on the wrestling mat, fighting other little boys in leotards. He won most of the time since he’s always given 100% in everything that he does. He also played the violin in an orchestra during his childhood. You might not think classical music and wrestling has much in common with Swing dancing, but it has definitely contributed to him becoming the unpredictable, creative, musical and interesting dancer he is today.

Andreas was introduced to Lindy Hop in 2001 and a few years later to Balboa. Andreas teaches dance because he loves to see students learn and improve. As Andreas sees it, teaching is inspiring since it offers a possibility to contribute to the ever-changing dance style and scene.

Andreas claims to be the unchallenged record holder (so far!) of most hours spent on social swing dance floors in Stockholm. He is an energizer bunny, and only takes a break to change into another colorful tie.

He has been placed in a number of prestigious competitions in both Lindy Hop and Balboa around the world with a number of well known swing dancers. He is also a history lover and one of the very few marine archaeologists in the world. Ask him about the ”Vasaship” or ”Vikingships”.

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Music

Jeremy Mohney’s Swing Band

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Jeremy Mohney is swing. He and his band's music conveys the pure joy of life through a catchy rhythm, floating melodies and a voice for wooing any skeptic. Whether singing or playing the sax, his knack for timing and harmony is always swinging. He will have you tapping your toe if you aren't already up dancing.

Based out of Colorado, Jeremy and his band perform regularly. He has captivated audiences at venues like Denver's Mercury Cafe, Dazzle at Baur's, and countless swing events. He's no stranger to the road with several tours across the US under his belt. His original music is available on all major music outlets such as Spotify and Itunes.

DJs

  • Kate Hedin

  • Andreas Olssen

Contests

SLOW DANCE CONTESTS

Prizes are awarded to the top placing couples in each competition, and will consist of cash or passes to events. **Organizers reserve the right to change this without notice at any time.***

Competitors must be Full Weekend Pass or Saturday night’s Slowball pass holders.

Slow Dance Mix & Match

Anything in the realm of slow dancing goes (Balboa, Blues, Lindy, Laminu). Judges look for timing, teamwork, finesse, foot work, and musicality.

Competitors will be randomly partnered up with another competitor.

There are no prelims and the finals format may be spotlight, jam, all skates, or a combination of these formats.

Contest is limited to 12 follows and 12 leads and registration is first come, first served. Open to those holding a boutique experience pass or a dance pass.

Slow Strictly

Anything in the realm of slow dancing goes (Balboa, Blues, Lindy, Laminu). Judges look for timing, teamwork, finesse, foot work, and musicality.

Competitors will enter with a partner and dance with the same partner for the entirety of the competition.

There are no prelims and the finals format may be spotlight, jam, all skates, or a combination of these formats.

Contest is limited to 12 couples and registration is first come, first served. Open to those holding a boutique experience pass or a dance pass.

Class Topics

The SlowBall Weekend

provides high-quality instruction from the most talented Balboa dancers. We will have two days of 1 hour and 15 minute long classes covering slow balboa, slow swing, and laminu. Make sure you register early as classes are capped at 20 leads and 20 follows. The class schedule will be released in the near future.

Topic Laminu

Laminu originated in Long Beach California. Long Beach is on the northern coastal border of Orange county, the principal region where Balboa was danced. The basic and style of Balboa varied greatly between the different cities of Orange county. Balboa was danced in Long Beach and even has a particular type of basic step pattern named after it, the 'Long Beach Break'.

Over time a preference evolved amongst some of the Long Beach dancers for dancing to slow music. Their dancing changed to adapt to the slower tempos to such an extent that the dance became sufficiently different that it acquired its own name. And thus, the dance known as Laminu was born!

There were many ballrooms in Long Beach in common with all cities at that time. These included the Cinderella, Silver Spray, and Majestic (latterly the Lido) Ballrooms. The two photos to the right show the Majestic Ballroom in 1935 and then again later in the 1950s after it had been renamed the Lido.
Read more about Laminu here...

Topic Slow Swing

In slow swing you don’t always have to do triple steps. You will find various steps in closed positions as well as mixing slow steps and “quick, quick” steps. You can also expect to go over how the technique changes when the speed slows down.

Topic Slow Balboa

You will experience the break down of the beautiful Slow Balboa basics from scratch at an achievable pace. Slow balboa is a great dance to add to the toolkit to allow you to dance when those slower numbers come on at a social dance. Expect the tempo to be brought down to explore the smoother and sultry side of Balboa.

Topic Savoy Walks

The Savoy Walk is a “two-step” area dance, that is to say, it uses two types of base rhythms:, slow steps (one weight change over two counts) and quick steps (one weight change over a single count). Its base movement is related to the Peabody/Foxtrot. It was inspired by the dancing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, a favorite in Harlem theaters, as well blending aspects of pas de deux with a distinct lindy hopper sensibility for music and love of tricks.

Class Schedule

Below is the full class schedule for The SlowBall Weekend. You can find the overall weekend schedule, including competition and social dancing times, on our Full Weekend Schedule page.

All classes and dances listed below are located in the Washington Street Community Center. Full information, including the address, can be found on our Venues Page.

Class Schedule

**schedule subject to change**

SATURDAY
Classes (Olga & Andreas)
(Fundamentals Slow Swing, Slow Balboa, Laminu)
11-12:15p
-lunch-
1:30-2:45p
3:00-4:15p

7:30-8:30p Savoy Walks

SUNDAY
Classes (Olga & Andreas)
(Expanded Material on Slow Swing, Slow Balboa, Laminu)
1:30-2:15p
2:30-3:45p
4:00-5:15p

Full Weekend Schedule

**schedule subject to change**

FRIDAY
Mixer Dance @ Denver Turnverein
7-8pm Slow Swing Class w/ Andreas & Olga
8pm-12a Social dance to Dj’d music

SATURDAY
Classes (Olga & Andreas)
(Fundamentals Slow Swing, Slow Balboa, Laminu)
11-12:15p
-lunch-
1:30-2:45p
3:00-4:15p

The SlowBall (fancy)
7:30-8:30pm Savoy Walks Class (Kara Fabina)
8:30p-1:00a
-Live Music by Jeremy Mohney’s Swing Band
-Contests During Main Event:
Slow Dance Mix & Match
Slow Dance Strictly
-After Hours Social TBA

SUNDAY
Classes (Olga & Andreas)
(Expanded Material on Slow Swing, Slow Balboa, Laminu)
1:30-2:15p
2:30-3:45p
4:00-5:15p

Social Event
7p-10p
Details TBA

Venues
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Denver Turnverin

1570 N Clarkson St.

What’s happening here:
Friday Night Activities

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Washington Street Community Center

809 S. Washington St.

What’s happening here:
Saturday Classes & Dance
Sunday Classes

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Lindy on the Rocks 2019
Sep
13
to Sep 16

Lindy on the Rocks 2019

Lindy on the Rocks is all about the granddaddy of all swing dances, the Lindy Hop, although you will find other vintage dances mixed in as well. Lindy Hop can be danced slowly or very fast (when you’re ready). Our event provides high-quality instruction from the most talented swing dancers in the world. You can look forward to classes for all levels, live swing music, and plenty of social dancing.

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Registration

Tickets available at the door! Cash and Card accepted

Please read before registering:

Early bird is sold out, but read this to learn about what we are doing to make learning more accessible to the community.

"ALL ACCESS PRICING!!! We have a few tiers this year to help facilitate your learning experience.

**It is our goal this year to not let finances be a hindrance to learning. On top of volunteering being an option to assist those having a financial hindrance, we have benefactor and advocate tiers that can directly provide support to others.**

We encourage you to purchase the highest tier you are able to, in order to directly support your community with obtaining access. We also have the option to donate directly through the registration form, which will be used to provide scholarships to those needing a little help!

Early-Bird - $119 - You're just on top of registering early
Super-Subsidized Tier - $139 - Need a lot of help from your friends
Subsidized Tier - $159 - Need a little help from your friends
Standard Tier - $189 - If everyone purchased this pass, then the event would cover costs
Advocate Tier - $219 - You are directly subsidizing your peers being able to learn
Benefactor Tier - $239 - You are directly subsidizing a lot for your peers to be able to learn

For now there are limits to the subsidized tiers, but as more Advocates and Benefactors support the program... we will adjust to reflect!"

The Full Access Pass includes all dance workshops for Lindy on the Rocks and Hot Night Fusion Weekend. This pass also includes access to all Denver Jazz Festival sessions, and dances for Lindy on the Rocks and Hot Night Fusion Weekend, and makes you eligible to compete in contests. Contest entry fees are NOT included in the pass, they are additional items on the registration form.

The All Music and Dances Pass includes access to all Denver Jazz Festival sessions, and dances for Lindy on the Rocks and Hot Night Fusion Weekend. This pass also makes you eligible to compete in contests. This pass DOES NOT includes any dance workshops. All Music and Dances Pass scheduled to go on sale this summer!

Bought a Pass and can no longer attend? All Pass transfers to another individual must be completed by August 14th, 2019, and require a $30 administrative fee. Please email Kara@CMDance.org for transfer information. You can transfer your pass forward to next year until September 10th, 2018.

Strictly contest only one party in the partnership needs to pay for the contest. The $40 is PER PARTNERSHIP not per person.

REGISTER NOW!

Day passes and a la carte classes, dances, and music sessions will be available at the door. Cash and Debit/Credit Card will be accepted.

Housing:

We will post a hotel block as soon as we receive it. You can also post on the Facebook event group to connect with locals for housing.

Instructors

Instructors

Community-Minded Dance is pleased to bring Lindy Hop instructors from across the globe to Denver to teach, dance, and inspire.

LaTasha Barnes

LaTasha “Tasha” Barnes is an artist, dancer, entrepreneur, and ambassador of culture. Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Tasha has enjoyed much of her life immersed in jazz, funk, soul, and R&B music and dance thanks to her DJ father and dancing family. Having turned that lifelong passion into cultural activism she serves towards achieving the mission of Urban Artistry, Inc to preserve the arts that represent the urban experience, as a directing member, performer and educator. She is celebrated for her musicality, athleticism, and joyful presence throughout all her dance forms which include: House, Hip Hop, Waacking, Vernacular Jazz, and Lindy Hop. Through her own expression and endeavors Tasha hopes to inspire fellow artists to cultivate an authentic sense of self in their creative expressions and daily lives.

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Jenna Applegarth

Jenna first started dancing when she was still in diapers. She began swing dancing some many years later, luckily no longer in diapers. Jenna continues to expand her dancing repertoire and share her love and knowledge of these dances with others. Although she enjoys pretty much any type of dancing and music you can move to, her first love is Lindy Hop. Her energy and passion create the perfect environment for learning, creating challenging yet applicable lessons.

Jenna has attended, coordinated, and taught various workshops and exchanges all across the globe. Some of her favorite highlights are performing at Benaroya Hall in The Jump Session Show and teaching for Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing. Above all else she believes that learning to dance should be fun. With over 10 years of teaching/coaching experience, she loves finding new ways to connect with other dancers on the floor and in the classroom.

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Jon Tigert

Jon is an internationally known performer and and instructor proficient in a multitude of vintage dance styles, including Lindy Hop, Charleston, Vernacular Jazz, and Tap. He holds competition titles from The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown (ULHS), The Canadian Swing Dance Championships, and The International Lindy Hop Championships, as well as being a featured performer with the Indiana University School of Music, and the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Symphonies. Jon is also an accomplished Singer, having performed alongside the likes of Grammy Winner Sandi Patty, Tony Winner Gary Beach, and Tony Nominees Ann Hampton and Liz Callaway. Jon Loves performing, and hopes to share that joy with each and every student and audience member. Currently living in Nashville, TN, Jon is mostly found traveling the country and the world teaching workshops and performing in shows.

Music

Live Music

CMDance is proud to present a great musical line up for Lindy on the Rocks. Some of the most talented jazz musicians from across the country and locally will be playing authentic vintage jazz right here in the Mile High City.

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Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five ft. Hilary Alexander

Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, featuring Hilary Alexander is the nation’s premier swing dance band. Showcasing the small-group sound of the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, the Campus Five is the most danceable swing band anywhere. The 7-piece Campus Five captures the true sound of the Swing-era, with all the energy and excitement that inspired millions to dance. Influences include the Benny Goodman Sextet, Artie Shaw's Grammercy Five, Count Basie's Kansas City Six, and the Harlem-based small groups of Illinois Jacquet, Cootie Williams, Coleman Hawkins, and Hot Lips Page.

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Jonathan Stout and His Rhythm Busters

Jonathan Stout and his Rhythm Busters, featuring Hilary Alexander is the newest band from the Campus Five family, and it focuses on the rollicking sound of big bands of the early 1930's, just prior to the Swing-era. The Rhythm Busters is an 11-piece band that takes the authentic Hot Jazz sound of bands like Jimmie Lunceford, Fletcher Henderson and Chick Webb, and presents them in the most danceable way possible, without sacrificing any of the fire or excitement the Campus Five and Orchestra are known for. The Rhythm Busters were created because promoters wanted another flavor, but one that keeps the unmatched danceability and contest music of our other bands.

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Candy Jackets

The Candy Jacket Jazz Band is comprised of some of the best swing practitioners in the United States. Since forming in 2016, they have successfully forged their own path through the modern day "vintage" jazz scene.

The group, led by composer/arranger/drummer - Josh Collazo, prides itself on performing original compositions in a style that is reminiscent of the famous jazz & swing artists of the 1930's & 1940's. Tight arrangements, clever hooks, and a heavy dose of swing allows the bands signature sound to shine brightly through. No carbon copies here though - just solid playing filled with musicality, skill, respect, and deep knowledge of jazz history to build upon.

Thanks to a loyal fan base, The Candy Jacket Jazz Band has had the pleasure of performing at many national events, such as Lindy Focus, The International Lindy Hop Championships, DCLX, and The Redwood Coast Music Festival. A few highlights include headlining at The Wiltern Theater (LA), Swingin' at the Savoy (SF), and The 2017 San Diego Jazz Festival.

Don’t Worry…. more is in the works!

DJS

Every year we work to bring you great DJs! If you are interested in being considered for DJing for Lindy on the Rocks this year. Please fill out this form, and organizers will be in touch with you prior to the event if you are selected.

Shelby Johnson (Dallas, TX)

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Shelby Johnson is a self-proclaimed music snob, who fell in love with jazz at an early age listening to the sounds of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. He really fell in love with swing music in the 6th grade thanks to a music appreciation class, and later started playing jazz in the 8th grade after 3 years in band as a drummer and percussionist. In high school, Shelby started playing the vibraphone and would transpose his parts for most pieces, as many pieces didn’t provide written music. This developed Shelby’s ear for music that was a huge catalyst for him catching the swing dance bug in 2011 in Orlando, Florida. And BOI, what kind of journey that has started! 2 years later, Shelby became one of the premier DJs in the Southeast, being featured at exchanges in Florida and South Carolina. In 2013 Shelby moved to Dallas, TX, where he continues to deliver awesome syncopated tunes for Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa and Collegiate Shag. Shelby’s passion for social dancing, teaching and competing landed him the 2016 Frankie Manning Ambassador Scholarship to Herrang Dance Camp where he expanded his knowledge on Jazz Dance and Music History. Two years later Shelby was awarded the Spirit of Lindy Hop Award at the 2018 Camp Jitterbug and Northwest Lindy Hop Championships after taking on more of an active role in working to provide a safer dance space for people of color and bringing up issues for non hearing people.

Chip Self (Denver, CO)

Chip began DJing swing music over ten years ago in his home scene of Auburn, AL. Since then he’s DJed in cities all across the southeast in states such as Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida, but he now calls Denver, CO home. His DJing style is one which honors the classics but isn’t afraid to blend in the contemporary as well. From Dixieland to Gypsy and New Orleans style to European, there’s bound to be something new and exciting to get you up and onto the dance floor. Always up for a dance or a chat about music, come say hello!

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Classes

There are three tracks of lindy hop classes for 2018. Below is information on the three track levels. We ask that dancers self assess their dancing, and take the classes that best fit their learning style and experience. There will be no track level testing. You may change track levels during the weekend.

Boot Camp – This track is geared towards the dancer that is newer to lindy hop, or for those who wish to focus on the fundamentals. No experience is required for this track level of classes. Topics will include the basics of the swing out, inside and outside turn, how to connect with your partner, charleston, and more. Saturday Only!

Solo – This track is geared towards dancers who enjoy both solo dancing and would like to find ways to better their partner dancing without a partner during the event. Classes will cover a variety of moves and styles of dances (including tap). This track level will be great for dancers who know the basics, and are looking to learn about a variety of topics. This track is great for all levels as you will be dancing without a partner.

All track levels below require that the dancer understands, and can perform a swing out, swing circle, inside and outside turn, and understands the basic footwork and variations of lindy hop, charleston, and east coast swing.

Technique – This track is geared towards the dancer who likes to focus on the small details in their dance. Classes will spend a great deal of time breaking down variations and moves. Expect to do a great deal of solo movement in addition to partner dancing. Less material will be covered, but will be covered in greater detail. This track level is best suited for intermediate advanced and up dancers.

Topics – This track is geared towards dancers who enjoy social dancing, and like to learn a wide variety of moves and techniques during the event. Classes will cover a variety of moves and styles of dances. This track level will be great for dancers who know the basics, and are looking to learn about a variety of topics. More material will be covered, and it will not be in as great of details as the technique track. This track level is best suited for intermediate and up dancers.

Musicality – This track is geared towards dancers who enjoy rhythms and like to expand their vocabulary and musical tools during the event. Classes will cover a variety of moves and styles of dances. This track level will be great for dancers who know the basics, and are looking to learn about a variety of topics. The amount of material covered will vary, but details will be focused on musicality and expanding your musical expression. This track level is best suited for intermediate advanced and up dancers.

Contests

In order to compete in competitions you must hold either an All Music and Dance Pass or Full Access Pass.

All contests will place to a minimum of 3 places and a maximum of 5 places. Prizes will consist of passes, cash, or a mix of both. All cash prizes are at the discretion of the organizer.

Solo Vintage Jazz and Charleston

This is a solo American vernacular jazz dance competition, open to all. Dancers must include charleston variations and may also include black bottom and vernacular jazz movements. Dancers will dance to music selected by LOTR in the preliminary round on Friday evening. The finals will be danced in a spotlight format to live music.

Prelims Friday
Finals Friday

Hellzapoppin’ Strictly

This will be a no-holds barred, all air-steps encouraged social dance competition open to all. Dancers register as a couple and will dance to music selected by Lindy on the Rocks. The Finals will be danced in spotlight format to live music provided by a live band. Although choreographed sequences are not disallowed, judges will be looking for musicality, improvisation, spontaneity, and creativity. You may only compete in one division of the strictly competition.

Prelims Saturday
Finals Saturday

Amateur Strictly

This will be a no-holds barred, all air-steps allowed social dance competition open to all. Dancers register as a couple and will dance to music selected by Lindy on the Rocks. The Finals will be danced in spotlight format to live music provided by a live band. Although choreographed sequences are not disallowed, judges will be looking for musicality, improvisation, spontaneity, and creativity. The Amateur Strictly is intended for dancers who have not placed at national level competitions (ILHC, Camp Hollywood, Camp Jitterbug, Showdown, etc). You may only compete in one division of the strictly competition.

Prelims Saturday
Finals Saturday

Open Lindy Mix & Match

This will be a social dance competition open to everyone, and especially geared towards advanced dancers who regularly travel and compete. Leaders and followers will be randomly drawn to dance together to several songs of varying styles and tempos, but will be judged as individuals in the preliminary rounds. The dancers that are selected to dance in the finals will be randomly assigned a partner again, but will be judged as a couple for finals. The finals will be a spotlight format. No air-steps allowed. You can only complete in one division of Mix & Match, unless you’re competing as the opposite role in the other division.

Prelims Sunday
Finals Sunday

Amateur Lindy Mix & Match

This will be a social dance competition open to those who are amateurs and have not placed at national level competitions. Leaders and followers will be randomly drawn to dance together to several songs of varying styles and tempos, but will be judged as individuals in the preliminary rounds. The dancers that are selected to dance in the finals will be randomly assigned a partner again, but will be judged as a couple for finals. The finals will be a spotlight format. No air-steps allowed. You can only complete in one division of Mix & Match, unless you’re competing as the opposite role in the other division.

Prelims Sunday
Finals Sunday

*Organizer reserves right to change prizes at anytime.

Venues

Thursday Night Venue

Mercury Cafe

$10 cover, not included in the Full Access or All Music and Dance Passes

The Mercury Cafe has been in the Denver Dance community for a very long time and we are very happy to share this wonderful community supporting space with you! The Mercury has supported many of dancers, musicians, artist, and poets over the years and many have gotten their start here. Join us for a great night of dancing at our local treasure The Mercury Cafe.

2199 California St.
Denver, CO 80205

Parking: There is some free street parking available, but it is limited. There are pay lots available right next to the Mercury Cafe, as well as right across the street to the east. Paid parking is $1-4 per night

Friday-Sunday Main Dance Venue

Studio Loft at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night main dances, including competition finals, will be held at the Studio Loft at Ellie Caulkins Opera House

1400 Curtis Street
Denver, CO 80202

Parking: There is metered street parking available, as well as a parking garage and lot (available all day) within 2 blocks of the Opera House. Parking garages and lots start at $12/day. Sunday metered parking spots are free.

Afternoon Denver Jazz Festival Sessions

Galleria in the Performing Arts Complex

All afternoon Denver Jazz Festival sessions will be held at the Galleria in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. This is outdoors, and weather permitting. There will be limited seating available, as well as a dance floor area.

1400 Curtis Street,
Denver, CO 80204

Parking: There is metered street parking available, as well as a parking garage and lot (available all day) within 2 blocks of the Opera House. Parking garages and lots start at $12/day. Sunday metered parking spots are free.

Classes Saturday-Sunday

TBA

Travel

Lindy on the Rocks Travel Guide

Getting here from the Airport

Public Transit from Airport to Denver Area (Cheapest Option)

If you are flying into DIA, getting to your destination is as easy as taking the A train! The new A train is part of Denver’s Light Rail system, and will take you directly to Union Station in downtown Denver for only $9. Find more information about the A Train. Union station is about a mile from all venues.

Rideshares

Uber & Lyft are active in Devner. Download one of the apps to request trips. Coordinating with others for the trip in may save you some money. Trips to downtown Denver will typically cost $25-$65.

Taxi

If you don’t mind spending the money, taxis are a very convenient way to get around. Go to TaxiFareFinder to find out how much you’re going to spend on a given route and to get phone numbers of Denver companies. There are always taxis waiting at DIA to take people to various destinations. Trips to downtown Denver will typically cost $55-$65 plus a taxi fee. Click here for information on flat-rates and taxi services at DIA.

Hotel Airport Shuttles

If you’re staying at a hotel, check to see if they have an airport shuttle. Many major hotels do and it will save you time and money. Curtis Hotel does not offer a shuttle service at this time.

Getting Around While You’re Here

Carpools

Locals and people with rental cars will no doubt be doing informal carpools from location to location.

Ride a Bike

Denver offers a bike sharing program that will allow you to use bicycles placed throughout the city. More information at Denver Bicycle.

Ride a Scooter

Downtown Denver has electric scooters available for rent throughout the downtown area. Scooters are available through Bird and Lime. You’ll need to download their app on your smartphone to be able to rent and ride the scooters.

Public Transit (Bus and Light Rail)

We have a great public transit system here in Denver. Buses run all over the city and our Light Rail system can get you to major locations for a reasonable price. Don’t forget to get transfers between buses and trains! You can plan your trips with the RTD Trip Planner.

Rideshares & Taxis

Again, Uber & Lyft & many taxi companies are available in Denver and can be convenient when getting around Denver Metro.

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Hot Night Fusion Weekend 2019
Sep
13
to Sep 16

Hot Night Fusion Weekend 2019

Hot Night Fusion Weekend Ever since the dawn of social dancing, people have been combining dance styles into an intertwined fusion of dance expression.

Fusion originated by blurring the lines between music and dance aesthetics and now has progressed towards becoming its own dance form where dancers seamlessly flow between styles, cultivating a whole new skill set. At Hot Night Fusion Weekend, we celebrate combination, flow, and new dimensions of music where we individually teach and study pure dance forms and then find ways to integrate them. This event supports these dance concoctions by providing 20 hours of classes throughout the weekend with top instructors from several different dance styles. Some genres will be progressive so you can choose a style to study in depth and other styles will be taught as electives to open the door to new opportunities in your dancing. The evening dance parties will take place in three different rooms at the gorgeous Curtis Hotel to themed sets played by some of the best DJs in blues, tango, latin, WCS, fusion, and beyond, and stay tuned for announcements about special guests and additional programs. So join us for an unforgettable weekend that will take your dancing to new heights. Hot Night Fusion Weekend runs concurrently with Lindy on the Rocks with classes in the same venue and a pass gets you access to all three rooms of dancing (all-access or dance only) and over 20 hours of classes (all-access pass). Save the date September 13-15, 2019!!

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Registration

Hot Night Fusion Weekend is an event produced by CMDance, and is put on in conjunction with Lindy on the Rocks, and the Denver Jazz Festival.

Tickets available at the door! Cash and card accepted.

Please read before registering

By registering for the event you agree to the following:

  • No pass-transfers or full refunds will be allowed. Instead, if a registrant can’t attend and we are notified by August 14, 2019, we will give that person credit towards next year. (note: this applies to pass credit only; no credit can be given for add-ons or won passes) If that person can’t attend next year,

  • Won passes cannot be transferred to another individual or year, and carry no cash value.

  • I understand that dancing is both physical and athletic, and therefore poses some natural risks, for which I accept full responsibility. Furthermore I agree not to hold CMDance, its board members or its organizers legally or morally responsible for any injury or mental discomfort I experience under any circumstance. Therefore, I hereby waive any and all liability claims against CMDance, its organizers, board members, their agents and instructors or their agents for any and all injuries which I might suffer during, and/or as a result of, my participation in the Hot Night Fusion Weekend, September 13-September 15, 2019, in Denver, CO and its surrounding areas and parking lots. I also assume all responsibility and liability for any injuries I might suffer, or cause, during, and/or as a result of my participation in the Hot Night Fusion Weekend event, September 13-September 15, 2019 in Denver, CO and its surrounding areas and parking lots. Furthermore, I absolve CMDance, its organizers, their agents and instructors or their agents of any and all responsibility for future injuries I might suffer or cause as a result of my participation in the Hot Night Fusion Weekend Event, September 13-September 15, 2019, in Denver, CO, and its surrounding areas and parking lots.

  • By executing this waiver, I state that I am in good physical and mental health and know of no reason why I should be unable to fully participate in all event activities in which I partake.

  • I understand that CMDance intends to record participation in the classes, dances, and special events on video and in photographs. I expressly grant CMDance the unlimited right and authority to use any such recording in any and all media in which I appear by whatever ways or means with no obligation to me. Such recordings are the sole property of CMDance.

  • Hot Night Fusion Weekend is a private event and may refuse admission to any individual if it believes they pose a threat to any other attendees.

  • CMDance reserves the right to update these Terms and Conditions at any time, and will update our registrants with the new version when and if that occurs.

Early bird is sold out, but read this to learn about what we are doing to make learning more accessible to the community.

"ALL ACCESS PRICING!!! We have a few tiers this year to help facilitate your learning experience.

**It is our goal this year to not let finances be a hindrance to learning. On top of volunteering being an option to assist those having a financial hindrance, we have benefactor and advocate tiers that can directly provide support to others.**

We encourage you to purchase the highest tier you are able to, in order to directly support your community with obtaining access. We also have the option to donate directly through the registration form, which will be used to provide scholarships to those needing a little help!

Early-Bird - $119 - You're just on top of registering early
Super-Subsidized Tier - $139 - Need a lot of help from your friends
Subsidized Tier - $159 - Need a little help from your friends
Standard Tier - $189 - If everyone purchased this pass, then the event would cover costs
Advocate Tier - $219 - You are directly subsidizing your peers being able to learn
Benefactor Tier - $239 - You are directly subsidizing a lot for your peers to be able to learn

For now there are limits to the subsidized tiers, but as more Advocates and Benefactors support the program... we will adjust to reflect!"

REGISTER NOW!

The Full Access Pass includes all dance workshops for Lindy on the Rocks and Hot Night Fusion Weekend. This pass also includes access to all Denver Jazz Festival sessions, and dances for Lindy on the Rocks and Hot Night Fusion Weekend, and makes you eligible to compete in contests. Contest entry fees are NOT included in the pass, they are additional items on the registration form.

The All Music and Dances Pass includes access to all Denver Jazz Festival sessions, and dances for Lindy on the Rocks and Hot Night Fusion Weekend. This pass also makes you eligible to compete in contests. This pass DOES NOT includes any dance workshops. All Music and Dances Pass scheduled to go on sale this summer!

Bought a Pass and can no longer attend? All Pass transfers to another individual must be completed by August 14th, 2019, and require a $30 administrative fee. Please email Kara@CMDance.org for transfer information. You can transfer your pass forward to next year until September 10th, 2018.

Strictly contest only one party in the partnership needs to pay for the contest. The $40 is PER PARTNERSHIP not per person.

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Weekend Overview

Tentative Schedule

Saturday

4pm-7:30pm Classes
8-8:30pm Battle on the Rocks
9-10pm Classes
10pm-4am Social Dances in multiple rooms

Friday

9-10pm Classes
10pm-2am Social Dances in multiple rooms

Sunday

3pm-7pm Classes
9pm-1am Social Dances in multiple rooms

Intructors

Hot Night Fusion Weekend 2019 Instructors

Nathaniel Abrea

Nathaniel is a nationally acclaimed blues dancer who loves to social dance, compete, and teach as much as he sleeps. He is known for having precise musicality, playful movements, and expressive body shaping as a lead, follow, and solo dancer.

Nathaniel first explored dancing through a catchy choreography on YouTube in his bedroom, and continues to do so to this day. Coming from a non-technical background, he is highly attuned to his intuition for body mechanics and musicality. His intuition-first approach allows him to craft intellectually accessible and relatable lessons that reward students with new techniques to challenge themselves on their own time. He also executes each lesson with as much patience as he has excitement, and hopes to empower his students to start navigating their own personal expression within Blues.

Nathaniel has worked with dedication in the past several years, and competed and placed at many national events such as: BluesSHOUT!, Austin Blues Party, Rose City Blues, and more. He has won competitions as a Lead, Follow, and Solo dancer, and is proudly recognized as the first to officially qualify in the Blues All Star division as both a Follow and a Lead.
Nathaniel continually strives for new ways to grow, and for more things to learn, in hopes that he can share his newfound knowledge and experiences with his students.

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LaTasha Barnes

LaTasha “Tasha” Barnes is an artist, dancer, entrepreneur, and ambassador of culture. Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Tasha has enjoyed much of her life immersed in jazz, funk, soul, and R&B music and dance thanks to her DJ father and dancing family. Having turned that lifelong passion into cultural activism she serves towards achieving the mission of Urban Artistry, Inc to preserve the arts that represent the urban experience, as a directing member, performer and educator. She is celebrated for her musicality, athleticism, and joyful presence throughout all her dance forms which include: House, Hip Hop, Waacking, Vernacular Jazz, and Lindy Hop. Through her own expression and endeavors Tasha hopes to inspire fellow artists to cultivate an authentic sense of self in their creative expressions and daily lives.

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Rachel Farley

Rachel is a Movement Coach and Certified Neurosculpting® Facilitator. She is dedicated to developing customized workshops that provide sustainable tools to empower businesses, dancers, social justice activists, and educators to thrive. Participants leave workshops with a deeper understanding of how our minds and bodies are intrinsically linked and in constant communication. Rachel received her B.S. in Pure Mathematics and Secondary Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her Masters in Educational Policy and Leadership from University of Colorado at Denver. After teaching in urban high schools for 7 years, Rachel left the classroom to pursue her goal of combining dance and mindfulness practices to strengthen communities by cultivating healthier relationships rooted in trust and empathy. With over 23 years of experience in partner dancing including Brazilian Zouk, Lindy Hop, Blues, and Ballroom, she approaches the body and brain from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Workshops incorporate the 5 step Neurosculpting® process to regulate our emotions, heighten neuroplasticity, and edit our stories in a way that better serve us. Contact Rachel with questions and ideas regarding workshops, private meditation and/or dance, small group session or just to say “Hello!”

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Bennie Vo

Bennie is a licensed massage therapist with certifications in medical massage, neuromuscular massage, trigger point therapy and spurts massage. He is teaching a class focused on injury prevention for Dancers. The main topics covered are common injuries for Dancers, how to recognize these issues and self and partnered exercises.

Lindy On The Rocks 2018 is run in Conjunction with Hot Night Fusion Weekend 2018… All Access passes give you access to Lindy Hop classes as well as the fusion classes. Lindy on the Rocks has brought in Skye Humphries, Gaby Cook, Nathan Bugh, Latasha Barnes, Joshua McClean, Jenna Applegarth, and Jon Tigert to teach swing classes. Read more about these instructors HERE.

Class Descriptions

Descriptions TBA

Live Music & DJs

DJs

These folks are bringing you sweet tunes to keep the dancing going all weekend.

La Wanna M. Larson aka LL DJ Wannie

La Wanna has an unique connection to the dance world. She served as the executive director of Black American West Museum and curator. She believes music, culture and history is the rhythm of our society.
La Wanna is now the assistant executive director of CMDance. Each year this innovative non profit brings the arts to thousands of students in their classroom, dance events and monthly dances.
LL DJ Wannie is a fusion DJ with roots in West Coast Swing, Blues, Soul, Zouk, Rhythm and Blues, EDM, Ballroom and more. She is a seasoned DJ who has been invited and played at numerous major dance events and local dances. She plays a mix of new and classic music to create a memorable set. She travels regularly across the country to DJ and dance at dance events.
A fun fact about La Wanna is she is related to Otis Spann a legendary Blues artist.

Kara Fabina

Michael Moll

Venues

The Studio Loft at Ellie Caulkins Opera House
1400 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202

The Studio Loft is an beautiful event space with a cathedral ceiling, exposed brick, warm-colored walls, and a spacious wood dance floor. This venue has vast room, a bar, and plenty of seating.

Parking: There is metered street parking available, as well as a parking garage and lot (available all day) within 2 blocks of the Opera House. Parking garages and lots start at $12/day. Parking meters are free on Sundays.

Dances & Performance: All Lindy dances and Battle on the Rocks will be held here.

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The Curtis Hotel
1405 Curtis St., Denver, CO 80202

The Curtis Hotel is an eclectic styled hotel with multiple ballrooms perfect for hosting our dance classes. All ballrooms are located on the 3rd floor of the hotel, and you do not need to be staying at the hotel to access the ballrooms. Four Square, Red Rover, and Hopscotch ballrooms will be available for classes during the day.

Parking: There is metered street parking available, as well as a parking garage and lot (available all day) within 2 blocks of the hotel. The hotel also has valet parking available for $45/day. Parking garages and lots start at $12/day. Parking meters are free on Sundays.

Classes: Fusion classes will be held here, check the schedule to find out which ones.

Volunteer

CMDance is looking for volunteers for the 2019 year. Volunteers will provide a check deposit which will be returned at the end of their duties. If you are interested in volunteering for this year, please read the following information, and fill out this form. Feel free to direct any questions to Kara@cmdance.org or Aloura@cmdance.org (Event Directors).

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  • You will be required to write a check for the amount of a standard pass to the event $189 or a dance pass for $120.

  • Volunteers at the event will be required to fulfill between 15-19 hours for the all-access pass and between 9-12 hours for the dance pass. All competition fees are separate, and no deposits or volunteer hours apply.

  • Most shifts are 1 hour in length, some shifts require 2-3 hour blocks, which will be indicated in the schedule when signing up.

  • Once the schedule has been finalized, the volunteer is required to cover their shift if they are no longer able to work for a time they signed up for. You are still required to meet the minimum amount of hours, so swapping shifts with another volunteer is acceptable. Any changes must be notified to event volunteer manager.

  • Volunteers are responsible for managing their own schedule. i.e. Don’t sign up for a shift during contest prelims if you are competing.

  • All volunteers must adhere to the responsibilities provided to the workers prior to the event.

  • All volunteers are representatives of CMDance, it’s mission and standards, which means you will conduct yourselves with professional, courteous and appropriate behavior for a work-place environment.

Housing

Hot Night Fusion Weekend is thrilled to have out of town visitors for the event. We work hard to help facilitate affordable accommodations for those travelling to Denver for the weekend.

We are working on securing a small block of rooms at The Curtis Hotel. You may also post on our Facebook Event page to connect with locals.

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Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout 2019
Oct
18
to Oct 21

Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout 2019

Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout celebrates a swing era partner dance known as Balboa. It features fancy footwork, subtle technique and some flashy vintage movement. It is usually danced to more upbeat tempos (although slow Bal is possible and encouraged). Our event provides high-quality instruction from the most talented Balboa dancers in the world. We will have 4 different tracks running at the event, so no matter what the level of experience, we will have something for every student. The event also features the best live swing music, social dancing all night, and heated competitions between the best of the best.

Tickets

By registering for the event you agree to the following:

  • No full refunds will be allowed. Pass Transfers must be completed by September 19th, 2019. There is a $30 transfer fee to transfer your pass to another person. If a registrant can’t attend and we are notified by October 1st, 2019, we will give that person credit towards next year. (note: this applies to pass credit only; no credit can be given for add-ons or won passes).

  • I understand that swing dancing is both physical and athletic, and therefore poses some natural risks, for which I accept full responsibility. Furthermore I agree not to hold CMDance, or its organizers legally or morally responsible for any injury or mental discomfort I experience under any circumstance. Therefore, I hereby waive any and all liability claims against CMDance, its organizers, their agents and instructors or their agents for any and all injuries which I might suffer during, and/or as a result of, my participation in the Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout Event, October 18-20th, 2019 in Denver, CO and its surrounding areas and parking lots. I also assume all responsibility and liability for any injuries I might suffer, or cause, during, and/or as a result of my participation in the Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout event, October 18-20th, 2019 in Denver, CO and its surrounding areas and parking lots. Furthermore, I absolve CMDance, its organizers, their agents and instructors or their agents of any and all responsibility for future injuries I might suffer or cause as a result of my participation in the Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout Event, October 18-20th, 2019 in Denver, CO, and its surrounding areas and parking lots.

  • By executing this waiver, I state that I am in good physical and mental health and know of no reason why I should be unable to fully participate in all event activities in which I partake.

  • I understand that CMDance intends to record participation in the classes, dances, and special events on video and in photographs. I expressly grant CMDance the unlimited right and authority to use any such recording in any and all media in which I appear by whatever ways or means with no obligation to me. Such recordings are the sole property of CMDance.

  • Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout is a private event and may refuse admission to any individual if it believes they pose a threat to any other attendees.

  • CMDance reserves the right to update these Terms and Conditions at any time, and will update our registrants with the new version when and if that occurs.

Instructors

Sylvia Sykes

An internationally recognized authority on several different forms of swing dance, Sylvia Sykes has lectured and taught dance workshops all over the world since 1985. She has competed in numerous dance competitions, appeared on television, been featured with orchestras such as Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, and Count Basie, as well as being voted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame as well as the National Swing Dance Hall of Fame.

Sylvia studied Balboa with Maxie Dorf and spent years learning from the greatest Southern California Balboa dancers. She was also privileged to study Lindy Hop with Dean Collins, and was a member of his last dance troupe. Together with her original partner Jonathan Bixby, Sylvia was a six-time U.S. Open Finalist and two-time Southern California Balboa Champion. Sylvia is the driving force behind Balboa all over the world and has been for many years. She has played a major role in nurturing the growth of the All Balboa Weekend and we’re proud to have her back for a 9th consecutive year.

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Nick Williams

Nick Williams has embodied the passion and spirit of swing dancing ever since his first lesson in 1998. The depth of his understanding of Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag stems from studying with the original dancers. Nick’s desire for authenticity, combined with his passion for dance evolution, leads to a style known for precision, lightness, musicality and dynamic energy.

His successes include World Lindy Hop Champion, US Open Swing Dance Champion, American Lindy Hop Champion, National Jitterbug Champion, International Lindy Hop Champion, Ultimate Lindy Hop Champion, American Classic Balboa Champion and California Balboa/Swing Champion. Nick was honored to be recognized by the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. He is also an accomplished choreographer and has choreographed for the hit television show So You Think You Can Dance. As an instructor, he is known for his ability to break down movements and technique to create a fun and light-hearted learning environment. His true love of music and dancing will forever inspire him to learn, teach, and grow.

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Kate Hedin

Following in the path of her great ancestor, Swedish explorer Sven Hedin, Kate has traveled to the greatest unknown regions of following and footwork. Aside from a love of classically inspired Lindy Hop, she is most known for her unique and elegant style of Balboa.

The result is an impressive resume. Kate holds championship titles in almost every major competition, including the American Classic Balboa Championships, the International Lindy Hop Championships, the Euro Balboa Cup, and more. She is also a highly sought-after competition judge. In 2012, she released two highly praised DVDs specifically for Balboa followers on technique and aesthetics. As a teacher, Kate is known and loved for her logic-based language, her unique methods of teaching technique, and, overall, never leaving student followers disappointed.

She is proud to have held, along with her friends at Get Hep Swing in Cleveland, the Guinness World Record for longest dance party ever (52 hours, 3 minutes). Her fashion is admired by many, her lines desired as far as the Orient. She also does trapeze.

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David Rehm

David Rehm is a geek-turned-professional-dancer specializing exclusively in the partnered swing dances, Lindy and Balboa, and widely considered one of the top Balboa dancers and instructors in the world. He is regularly featured teaching and judging at the most prestigious events dedicated to those dances throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In addition to numerous awards, in 2006 David captured both the American and European Balboa titles (with different partners) by winning the American Classic Balboa Championship and the Euro Bal Cup. He is also the creator of The Experiment, “the world’s most intimate and intensive Balboa workshop”, as well as the founder of the Northeast Balboa Corridor (NEBC) project. David is best known for his ability to capture both broad thematic abstractions and technical details all in the form of conceptual principles.

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Laura Keat

Laura began her swing dance career in Denver when she joined the award-winning Lindy Hop performance team, 23 Skidoo! She immediately developed a passion for the art of swing dancing. Ever the disciplined student and skilled competitor, Laura began winning national titles and gaining recognition as a championship lindy hop follow with an independent style and point of view.

She loves dancing with a wide variety of leads with diverse styles and ideas to challenge and broaden her own abilities as a follow. And as an instructor, she brings a fresh perspective towards developing each student’s technical foundation and individual style. For Laura, every dance is a chance to put smiles on peoples’ faces with an entertaining performance which shares and inspires the joy and excitement for swing dancing.

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Jeremy Otth

Jeremy amassed a great amount of knowledge on the historic essence of vintage swing dances from many of the original jitterbugs and swing dancers. Along with his seemingly inexhaustible amount of energy, Jeremy’s natural talent and dedication led him to accumulate championship titles at many acclaimed dance competitions such as the International Lindy Hop Championships, National Jitterbug Championships, American Classic Balboa Championships and the US Open Swing Dance Championships.

Jeremy is now able to share that breadth of knowledge and passion for these classic partner dances by entertaining and educating feet from Southern California to around the world.

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Kelly Arsenault

Kelly, from Knoxville, TN, has been dancing as long as she can remember. As a child she took ballet and jazz, but she was especially drawn to modern dance. At age 11, Kelly joined the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble. She was with the modern dance company for 6 years, performing around the globe including Taiwan, Singapore, and Indonesia.

Kelly attended the University of Tennessee from 1997-2001, during which time she was a member of the UT Dance Company. She was also a dancer and choreographer for Circle Modern Dance Company. In 2003, Kelly moved to New York City where she continued her modern dance career performing with Von Ussar Danceworks and MAD About Dance. When she met Mickey in 2004, she discovered her love for balboa and lindy hop; and so began their amazing friendship and partnership.

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Mickey Fortanasce

Mickey began swing dancing in Los Angeles in ’99. A year later he was teaching local swing classes at NYU. After graduating he worked with local teams in New York including Varsity Swing and Hop Swing and a Jump and later started running his weekly dance White Heat (something he’s been meaning to start up again).

Mickey and Kelly Arsenault have been dancing and competing since about 2005. During this time, their innovation and showmanship, coupled with their love of dance history and theory, have led them to become internationally recognized teachers and competitors in both Lindy Hop and Balboa. Together their winnings include repeat victories at the Balboa Redezvous for 2006, 2007 and 2010. They are 2008 ABW American Balboa Classic Champions as well as winners of the 2010 ILHC and ESDC Balboa Strictly division. Mickey and Kelly have taught extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, Korea, and Australia.

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Music

The Greg Ruby 6 will be playing the compositions & arrangements of the great 1930’s swing guitarist, Oscar Aleman. An unsung hero of the Parisian jazz guitar scene of the swing era, Aleman rivaled the infamous Django Reinhardt.

The Greg Ruby 6 debuted this project at the annual Lindy Focus event in 2017 and is excited to be bringing the project to Denver. Featuring Ruby on lead guitar, Jonathan Doyle on reeds and Andrew Finn MacGill on violin, the band will be backed up by a local rhythm section.

DJs

Head DJ Travis Whetman

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Peter Flahiff and Lauren Smith

Peter & Lauren honed their DJing skills in the homeland of Balboa and Balboa-Swing, Southern California. They spread their love of vintage swing and jazz across the world as international DJs and dance instructors. Always among the classiest folks in any room, Peter & Lauren bring their passion for the Swing Era to any event they attend and are guaranteed to keep the dance floor packed with great tunes.

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DJ Kate Hedin

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Jose Tello

Jose started listening to and collecting Jazz at an early age and his passion for it continued to grow as he began traveling for dancing. Nowadays he regularly DJs at social dances and events in his home scene and occasional out-of-town gigs. Jose’s taste in Jazz centers around early 1930s to late 1940s music pulled from Benny, Artie, Duke, Lunceford, Basie and a handful more. He has a keen interest in digging up obscure recordings and watching how the energy on the floor changes with the music that is played.

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Contests

BALBOA CONTESTS

Cash prizes are awarded to the top placing couples in each competition.

Prize passes include BadAZ Bal, BalastOff!, Balhalla, BALtimore, Great Lakes Balboa Escape, Hot Rhythm Holiday, Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout, and more!

Competitors must be Full Weekend Pass or Dance Pass holders.

*NEW* Adv/Nov Social

This is a novice competition designed for newer Balboa competitors. To ensure that these dancers will have the best first experience we can give them, we will be randomly partnering each novice dancer with an advanced dancer for the competition. Only the novice dancer will be judged. There are no prelims and the finals will be in all-skate format. Contest is limited to 10 follows and 10 leads and registration is first come, first served. Open to those competing less than 2 years having not placed top 3 in another balboa competition.

Open Social

Anything in the realm of Balboa/Bal-Swing goes. Judges look for timing, teamwork, finesse, foot work, and musicality.

Preliminary Round – During the preliminary rounds, dancers rotate. The number of heats (and rotations within each heat) is determined by the event organizers. Competitors are selected to advance to the finals individually but judged on how well they dance with their partners.

Final Round – Finalists are paired randomly and compete as a couple. Couples do not change partners during finals. Couples dance to live music. The format may be spotlight, jam, all skates, or a combination of these formats.

Open Strictly

Anything in the realm of Balboa/Bal-Swing goes. Judges look for timing, teamwork, finesse, foot work, and musicality.

Preliminary Round – The number of heats (and rotations within each heat) is determined by the event organizers. Competitors are selected to advance to the finals as a couple.

Final Round – Couples dance to live music. The format may be spotlight, jam, all skates, or a combination of these formats.

Class Levels

Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout

provides high-quality instruction from the most talented Balboa dancers. We will have 4 different tracks running at the event, so no matter what your level of experience, we will have something for you. Make sure you check out our level descriptions to find out what track will suit you the best. The class schedule will be released in the near future.

Level 1

Perfect for those interested in learning and reviewing the Balboa & Bal-Swing basics. Learn the basic Balboa vocabulary, essential technique and some styling. Classes held on Saturday & Sunday, access to all three dances included. This is geared for fast learning beginners, beginners who have learned some Balboa and beg/int level Balboa dancers. Classes will include: Single and double time Pure Bal basics (up-holds & down-holds), Progressive steps/variations in Pure Bal, Come-arounds in closed and open position, Lollies Kicks & Turns, Out & Ins or Crossover breaks, as well as other moves, variations and exercises.

Level 2

This group is geared for dancers who already know Balboa AND Bal-Swing Basics. You should be able to switch easily between Pure Balboa and Bal-Swing movements but need some improvement on transitions and improvising. This class will review and will refine important Balboa & Bal-Swing steps in addition to adding moves, rhythm changes, elegance and creativity to your dancing. You must already know single and double time Pure Bal basics (also known as: up-holds & down-holds), Come-arounds in closed and open position, Lolly Kicks, come-around into Lolly kicks, Exit from Lolly Kicks, Out & Ins or Crossover breaks

Note: If you think this level is right for you, but aren’t sure if you are completely ready, you might be able to catch up by joining some local Balboa classes or taking one or two privates from your local Balboa teacher prior to this year’s event. Feel free to email us for advice.

Level 3

This class is for enthusiastic Balboa dancers who should already be able to dance musically and add variations to the list of steps below at slow, medium & fast tempos. This is great for dancers who often take the “Int/Adv or Advanced” level classes in their local dance community. Dancers in level 3 should be VERY comfortable with pure balboa and bal-swing basics including Paddles, Crab-Walks, drags, Lolly Kicks, Turn combinations, throw outs, rhythm variations on out & ins and more. You should already be able to lead and follow the following steps, as well as being able to demonstrate variations on many of these steps. Single and double time Pure Balboa basics, plus independent styling and independent & lead rhythm variations, Come-arounds in closed and open position, Lolly Kicks and Lolly Kick variations, ie: stylings, footwork, elbow-catches, turns, etc., Throw outs/ Toss outs, Texas Tommy’s/Apache’s, Unique Spin & Turn combinations, Often focuses on subtle footwork changes, easily breaks free from normal 8 count patterns, Practices being creative while social dancing, ie: footwork variations, new moves or momentum changes, accenting musicality, and “playing/improvising” with your partner.

Level 4

In addition to being comfortable with the moves required of Level 3 dancers the dancers that will be selected for level 4 will be confident in the above steps at all tempos, will have started to develop their own style and are able to add footwork and styling variations, have experience creating their own moves. The dancers in Level 4 typically are regarded as the best in their scene and are likely teaching Balboa and Bal-Swing in their home town, are interested in improving and refining their movement, flow and musicality while learning a few unique moves and rhythms along the way, travel to balboa events throughout the year and are often selected to participate in the highest level at regional and/or national balboa workshops.

Please Note

Final placement, in all levels, is at the discretion of the RMBB promoters and staff. At any time during the weekend you may be asked to move to a different level (up or down). Please understand that this request would be made in order to ensure that all students (including yourself) at RMBB would be in the best learning environment possible. If you choose not to comply with the RMBB promoters’ request, you will be politely asked not to take the classes. Also, please remember that we have a no refund policy at RMBB. We appreciate your cooperation!

Class Schedule

Below is the full class schedule for Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout. You can find the overall weekend schedule, including competition and social dancing times, on our Full Weekend Schedule page.

Not sure what class level you should be in? You can find class level descriptions on our Class Levels page.

All ballrooms listed below are located in the Castle Events Center at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Northglenn. Full information, including the address, can be found on our Venues Page.

Class Schedule

[2019 Class Schedule Coming Soon!]

Full Weekend Schedule

Castle Events Center
at the
Doubletree by Hilton

Exit 223 off Interstate 25 in Northglenn, CO

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The Castle Events Center is located in the Doubletree by Hilton in Northglenn, CO. Located just off of Interstate 25, there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance, including a Starbucks in the same parking lot.

The Castle Events Center includes 4 ballrooms where all classes and dances will be held.

Doubletree by Hilton in Northglenn:
Our event hotel offers wonderful discounts on room rates for RMBB attendees.

A room with 2 Queen-sized beds is only $124/night
A room with 1 King-sized bed is only $114/night

You can book your room online by clicking here.
Our room block is valid from check-in from October 17 through checkout October 21st.
Group code: CMD

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Accommodations

Doubletree by Hilton in Northglenn:
The Doubletree by Hilton in Northglenn is where all classes and dances will be held throughout the weekend, and they have also offered some wonderful discounts for room rates.

A room with 2 Queen-sized beds is only $124/night
A room with 1 King-sized bed is only $114/night

You can book your room online by clicking here.
Our room block is valid from check-in from October 18 through checkout October 23.
Group code: CMD

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Flying Into Denver

The nearest major airport to Denver is the Denver International Airport (DIA). DIA is a stylish, up-to-date facility receiving all popular airlines. You can find deals at respective discount airfare sites or directly from your preferred airline. We suggest checking fares often and signing up for low fare alert services. Research shows that the ideal time to buy your airline tickets is generally about 54 days before travel. After 54 days, prices begin to rise and then shoot up 30 days before the flight. Remember to check out package discounts for hotels and car rentals, if you wish. Here are some sites you can use to find deals and set up price alerts:

www.southwest.comwww.farecast.comwww.orbitz.comwww.kayak.comwww.priceline.comwww.hotwire.comwww.travelocity.com

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Getting To and From DIA

Shuttles from the airport to the DoubleTree in Hilton are available for groups of 3-5 people. Shuttle fee is $48 per trip from DIA to DoubleTree in Northglenn. Sedans (3 people) and SUV’s (5 people) are available. Please call Farhan to schedule your shuttle (720) 394-1682

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Getting Around Denver

Shuttles from the airport to the DoubleTree in Hilton are available for groups of 3-5 people. Shuttle fee is $48 per trip from DIA to DoubleTree in Northglenn. Sedans (3 people) and SUV’s (5 people) are available. Please call Farhan to schedule your shuttle (720) 394-1682

Rideshare programs like Uber or Lyft are highly active in Denver. We also have Car2GO, a convenient smart-car rental service providing over 400 2-person cars spread throughout Denver; just take it, drive it, and park it, within the designated city area (membership required).

RTD Buses – For public transportation, our RTD buses and light rail system are an effective and inexpensive method of getting around Denver. Check out the RTD website for a helpful Trip Planner and more details on Denver public transit.

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Diversion: Swing Meets Blues
Feb
1
to Feb 29

Diversion: Swing Meets Blues

Lindy Diversion branches out a bit more to include dances such as Tap, Blues, and Jazz. There are no competitions at Lindy Diversion; the focus is on the workshop classes and the often spectacular live music and social dancing. Just like at our other events, you can find some of the best in the world at our event. Look forward to engaging classes, live music to dance to all night, and some killer performances February 2019.

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Diversion

Where Swing Meets Blues

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Registration

Registration will open in fall 2019.

By registering for the event you agree to the following:

  • No refunds will be allowed at any time. Instead, if a registrant can’t attend and we are notified by January 15, 2019, we will give that person credit towards next year. (note: this applies to pass credit only; no credit can be given for add-ons or won passes).

  • All Pass Transfers must be completed by January 15, 2017. A $30 administrative fee will be charged for all pass transfers.

  • All Passes Won in competitions are non-transferable and do not hold a cash value. We will not honor those just because you have not read the website!

  • I understand that swing dancing is both physical and athletic, and therefore poses some natural risks, for which I accept full responsibility. Furthermore I agree not to hold CMDance, or its organizers legally or morally responsible for any injury or mental discomfort I experience under any circumstance. Therefore, I hereby waive any and all liability claims against CMDance, its organizers, their agents and instructors or their agents for any and all injuries which I might suffer during, and/or as a result of, my participation in the Lindy Diversion Event, February 10-12th, 2017 in Denver, CO and its surrounding areas and parking lots. I also assume all responsibility and liability for any injuries I might suffer, or cause, during, and/or as a result of my participation in the Lindy Diversion event, February 22-24th, 2019 in Denver, CO and its surrounding areas and parking lots. Furthermore, I absolve CMDance, its organizers, their agents and instructors or their agents of any and all responsibility for future injuries I might suffer or cause as a result of my participation in the Lindy Diversion Event, February 22-24th, 2019 in Denver, CO, and its surrounding areas and parking lots.

  • By executing this waiver, I state that I am in good physical and mental health and know of no reason why I should be unable to fully participate in all event activities in which I partake.

  • I understand that CMDance intends to record participation in the classes, dances, and special events on video and in photographs. I expressly grant CMDance the unlimited right and authority to use any such recording in any and all media in which I appear by whatever ways or means with no obligation to me. Such recordings are the sole property of CMDance.

  • Lindy Diversion is a private event and may refuse admission to any individual if it believes they pose a threat to any other attendees.

  • CMDance reserves the right to update these Terms and Conditions at any time, and will update our registrants with the new version when and if that occurs.

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2019 Instructors

Damon Stone

Damon has been dancing his entire life, starting with vernacular Jazz/Blues first taught to him at the tender age of six by his grandmother. After nearly a decade of learning at the heels of his elders, he went on and eventually studied a numerous dance forms until coming full circle in 1995 to focus primarily on the history and styles of Swing and Blues as his family danced them with a special focus on the Southern styles from the Mississippi Delta region. He has studied the development of vernacular Jazz/Blues dance across the United States learning from a number of the original dancers. He is largely regarded as one of the foremost authorities on Blues idiom dance and has been interviewed as a dance historian in documentary, radio, and newspaper. Damon has been a featured instructor at camps, festivals, and workshops across five continents.

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Kelsy Stone

Kelsy brings her lifetime of dance training, a passion for vernacular dance, and a sharp eye for technique to the Blues dance world. She has brought her joy and knowledge of blues idiom dances to some of the most important and high-profile events in the US and abroad, including but not limited to: bluesSHOUT!, The Experiment, Muse, Hearken the Blues, and BluesGeek–serving as faculty, mentor, competition coordinator, and judge.

Kelsy’s critical eye and love of deep technique are tempered by her love of “dad jokes,” getting lost in the music, and embracing of the ridiculous. She shows her appreciation of African American culture by speaking of the history of Blues idiom dance and taking her craft seriously, but never herself. She believes every mistake is an opportunity to learn, every class an opportunity to challenge, and every dance an opportunity to pay respect to those who came before.

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Nial Bruce & Annabelle Hale

Annabelle and Nial have been dancing together for seven years with a primary focus on Collegiate Shag. Coming all the way from Melbourne, Australia, they’ve been working hard to build the Shag scene there while also having taught across Australia, the US, and the UK. Back home they teach lindy and shag classes as well as compete regularly, and dance with local troupes. Although they are avid competitors their true passion is dancing socially and comfortably, and building scenes with strong fundamentals..

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Erica Brown

Miss Erica Brown is a bona-fide Blueswoman. She has worked with some of the finest artists in the world, and has shared stages with such heavyweights as B.B. King, Al Green, Delbert McClinton, Tab Benoit, Kenny Neal, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Bob Margolin, Janiva Magness, Todd Park Mohr (Big Head Todd) Billy Branch, “Mud” Morganfield, and Debbie Davies, to name just a few.

In 2012 Erica was awarded the Five Points Jazz Festival’s Tribute Award for significant and lasting contributions to culture in the Five Points, Denver neighborhood and throughout the Region!

We are thrilled to welcome Erica to our Saturday lunchtime lecture on Big Mama Thornton.

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Juan Villafane

Juan Villafane is a world-renowned swing dancer, teacher and performer specialised in Lindy Hop & Authentic Jazz.

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he had been dancing for the last 18 years, teaching, competing and performing at some of the most important Lindy Hop events around the world, in the United States, Europe, Asia & Australia.

Along side Mariel Gastiarena and Manuel Bicain, he is the producer of Swingin’ Party, the biggest Lindy Hop party in South America, CA.PO.S, (the Buenos Aires Swing Dance Championships) and Swing City, the first Lindy Hop, Authentic Jazz and Tap school in Argentina.

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Sara Deckard

Sara Deckard is Sara Deckard!

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Music

Devan Jones & The Uptown Stomp

Devan Jones brought The Uptown Stomp together as a band in early 2013. The primary sound started as Swangin’ Blues, Ragtime & Jazz from the 1930s through the 1950s.

While continuing to evolve, Devan Jones & The Uptown Stomp have settled into a sound reminiscent of the Rhythm & Blues artists of the 40’s and 50’s such as Roy Brown, Wynonie Harris, Guitar Slim, Ray Charles, T-Bone Walker & B.B. King while still keeping an ever expanding repertoire drawing from great American music such as Traditional Jazz, Swing, Jump and Chicago Blues.

In late August of 2015 Devan relocated to Austin TX and has been playing regularly in a wide range of ensembles ranging from trio, quartet to the full sextet which includes Drums, Upright bass, Piano, Tenor/Bari sax, Trumpet, Guitar/Vocals.

Things have gotten busy lately with the release of the groups first EP, which was recently reviewed by Lee Zimmerman of No Depression.

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Jeremy Mohney’s Swing & Jazz Band

Jeremy Mohney is swing, simply put. Nearly 90 years late to the game, he’s still swinging hard for dancers with his band, sax, singing voice and original compositions that all sound straight out of 1939. Each show is fresh and will leave you wondering what’s gonna happen next. All you’re sure of is that it will be solid in the groove.

As entertaining as he sounds, Mohney has proven it countless times. At home in CO at venues like Dazzle or the Mercury Cafe, he kills, as well as on his frequent tours which take him and his band all over the US. He recently came out with two digital albums, “Live at the Mercury Cafe” and “KGNU Air Checks”. They’re both available on all major sites, like iTunes/Apple Music and Spotify. Jeremy’s also starting a podcast which will feature he and his band’s playing, his original compositions, guests to play, sing, make us laugh and more.

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Kara Fabina (Colorado Springs)

One thing that you can count on from this DJ is a vast understanding of genres. Because of her background in various dance styles, Kara brings a depth of musical knowledge appropriate for dancing. Her loves vary from House to Funk, Old School Hip Hop, Vintage Jazz, Blues and Soul. She has a not so secret adoration for mashups, and has even dabbled in beat production and mixology. With a desire to be a jill of all trades, she began Dj’ing at house parties in 2011. Since then she has gone on to DJ at local dance venues and events throughout the world. Based in Colorado Springs, she works to provide dancers with a variety of blues, jazz, and swing music in her sets.

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Schedule

Friday

Time

7:00 PM
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
12:00 AM
2:00 AM

Activity

Swing Club’s Beginner Swing Class

Intro to Shag – Annabelle & Nial

Dance with Devin Jones & the Uptown Stomp

Band ends – DJ’d music
Dance ends

Location – Denver Turnverein (All) test

Turnverein Ratskellar
Turnverein Ballroom
Turnverein Ballroom
Turnverein Ballroom


Saturday

Time

11:00 AM
11:00 AM
12:15 PM
12:15 PM
1:15 PM
2:30 PM
2:30 PM
3:45 PM
3:45 PM
4:45 PM
7:30 PM
8:30 PM
12:00 AM
3:00 AM

Activity

Juan – Let’s Face The Music and Dance: Understanding dancing language. Create a dialogue between you and your partner to react organically to the music. Concepts, technique and direct application of it in the context of Lindy Hop.

Damon & Kelsy – The Science of Blues Movement: What techniques create and shape the aesthetic of Blues dances? This class will go over the four primary technical elements that when combined create the foundation of the Blues idiom dances.

Juan – Following and Leading Is Just The Beginning: How to responsibly break free from patterns and “close leading and following” to express yourself without disrupting the flow of the dance.

Damon & Kelsy – The Art of Blues Movement: In addition to the techniques, there are specific artistic choices each dancer makes which cements their movement solidly within the genre of Blues. This class will detail and then explore these choices.

Lunchtime Lecture on Big Mama Thornton w/ Erica Brown

Juan – Tap Fundamentals: An introduction to the foundation of tap dancing. Developing a strong basic technique, keeping time, understanding the subdivison of rhythm and how to build your own practice routines to grow as a rhytmical dancer.

Damon & Kelsy – Howlin’ with the Wolf: This class will be an exploration of the music of Chester Arthur Burnett, A.K.A. Howlin’ Wolf and the various ways of dancing to it mixing both blues idiom dancing and freestyle blues.

Annabelle & Nial – Shapes and transitions: Learning the different shapes in shag and fun ways to transitions between them
Damon & Kelsy – Ballrooming: The Savoy Walk: This offshoot of the Savoy’s Swing Walk was danced to slower and more Bluesy music of the big bands. Based on Quickstep and Foxtrot rhythms and melodic improvisation it is flashy and classy while still grounded in the blues aesthetic.

Dinner Break

Beginner Swing Dance Lesson

Vintage Dance Party w/ Devin Jones & the Uptown Stomp

Band ends – DJ’d music continues

Dance Ends

Location

Turnverein Ballroom
Turnverein Ratskellar
Turnverein Ballroom
Turnverein Ratskellar
Turnverein Ratskellar
Turnverein Ballroom
Turnverein Ratskellar
Turnverein Ballroom
Turnverein Ratskellar
Turnverein Ballroom
Turnverein Ballroom
Turnverein Ballroom & Ratskellar


Sunday

Time

11:00 AM
11:00 AM
12:15 PM
12:15 PM
1:15 PM
2:30 PM
2:30 PM
3:45 PM
3:45 PM
4:45 PM
6:45 PM
7:45 PM
11:30 PM or later

Activity

“Dancers Don’t Need to Know More Steps, They Need To Know More Songs”:
Or how to use your repertoire to “illustrate” any song with your movement.

Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way: Bubble Theory:
This class will focus on what leading and following really are in blues idiom dance once we strip away all the assumptions and carryover from other dances. We’ll talk concepts, exercises, and application.

Drills And Skills: Sharp as razor blade.

The Juke:
This class is a Juke Joint Blues sampler. We’ll cover four country and urban blues dances: Slow Drag, Touch-step, and Fishtail, covering the elements which define the dances and how to improvise within each.

Lunch Break

Musicality and styling:
Going over the many different ways you can express musicality in shag

The Ballroom
This class is a Ballroom Blues sampler. We’ll cover two jazz-blues dances: The Strut and The Stride, what music they were danced to and how that shaped them.

Rotation and momentum:
Making your shag dancing flow by using rotation and momentum

Juan – Tap, A conversation in Rhythm:
Games and excersies to develop your “conversational skills” in dance. No experience needed, just come in with a playfull and open mind and let’s have fun.

Dinner Break

Beginner Swing Lesson Mercury Cafe

Dance with Jeremy Mohney’s Swing Band Mercury Cafe

Dance ends

Location

Turnverein Ballroom
Turnverein Ratskellar
Turnverein Ballroom
Turnverein Ratskellar
Turnverein Ballroom
Turnverein Ratskellar
Turnverein Ballroom
Turnverein Ratskellar
Mercury Cafe
Mercury Cafe

Venues

Denver Turnverein

1570 N Clarkson St
Denver, CO 80218

Parking: Parking lot is available at the building, street parking is also available in the neighborhood as well.

At this venue there will be:

  • Friday Main & Late Night

  • Saturday Daytime Classes, Main & Late Night

  • Sunday Daytime Classes

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Mercury Cafe

2199 California St
Denver, CO 80205

Parking: Parking lot is available at the building, street parking is also available in the neighborhood as well.

At this venue there will be:

  • Sunday Night Dance

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Travel

cmDance cannot provide transportation for the general public, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find some awesome people that will be willing to give you a ride. Check with your host and with local friends. If someone does give you a ride, show them a lot of love.

Venues

Main Venue – All Friday & Saturday Activities & Sunday Classes

The Denver Turnverein

1570 N Clarkson St, Denver, CO 80218

Limited, free parking lot and street parking, some metered.

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Sunday Night Venue

The Mercury Cafe

2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205

Limited, free parking lot and free street parking. Metered lot across street.

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Getting Around While You’re Here

Uber & Lyft

Both currently available in Denver. Free downloadable apps.

Ride a Bike

Denver offers a bike sharing program that is pretty awesome. More information at Denver Bcycle.

Electric Scooters

Denver has app based electric scooter programs called ‘Bird’ or ‘Lime‘. Free downloadable apps.

Public Transit (Bus and Light Rail)

We have a great public transit system here in Denver. Buses run all over the city and our Light Rail system can get you to major locations for a reasonable price. There is a new train – DIA to Union Station downtown. You can plan your trips with the RTD Trip Planner

Taxis

Taxis are always a convenient method of transport. Share with friends to cut the cost. Here is an airport listing of major cab companies and numbers

Rental Cars & Car Shares

If you are able to rent a car, it is probably the most convenient method, although obviously more expensive. Click here to for a Ride Share Rental company at DIA

Public Transit from Airport to Denver Area (Union Station)

If you are flying into DIA, getting to your destination is easier than ever. For the cost of $10.50 (with several discounts available), travelers can use the rail service, known as the A Line, to get from the airport to Denver Union Station and vice versa courtesy of the Regional Transportation District (RTD), metro Denver’s public transit provider. The trip will be 1 to 1.5 hours.

Hotel Airport Shuttles

If you’re staying at a hotel, check to see if they have an airport shuttle. Many major hotels do and it will save you time and money. Click here for a list of hotel shuttles.

Volunteers

Everything is Awesome! Everything is great when you’re part of a team! Volunteers are the face of the event, as each of you are often the first human anyone interacts with and comes to with emergencies. We value our volunteers and seriously cannot function without you. Help us make this a successful event, and get to know your organizers and artists a little better. Thank you for being part of our 20th anniversary! You will be able to sign-up after reading the following!

Important Notes Related to Volunteering:

  • If you have not pre-registered, you must provide a check as a deposit for the full amount at the beginning of the weekend (full-time $169, part-time $85). This deposit is in good faith that you will show up for all your shifts, and communicate with all the appropriate personnel if you swap a shift.

  • The check will be destroyed when all your commitments are fulfilled, or if you do not show up for your shifts then you choose to have CMDance cash your check in exchange for your pass. You may write a new check or paypal CMDance the difference in the case you miss/are late.

  • In the case that you do not have checks because you think they are outdated, then we may be able to set-up a case by case alternative to the check from of a deposit.

  • Volunteers will have the choice to work part-time for a dance pass (or half off their all-access pass), or you can volunteer full-time for an all access pass.

  • CMDance will not refunds any dollar amount above what you paid for your event pass, in the instance you have already purchased your pass.

  • Volunteers will be offered to pick their shifts in the first stages of volunteer sign-up, but it will be locked for editing as we get closer to the event.

  • Volunteers who are no show no call for shifts will not be allowed to volunteer for CMD events in the future in exchange for passes and/or monetary compensation.

  • We will accept your volunteer support and helping hands at any time, even when you are not scheduled, of course!

  • Volunteers are really cool and make this event amazing! Thank you.

You can sign up through this link HERE!

Housing

Wanting to stay with a local, or house out-of-towners during Diversion 2019? Fill out the housing survey HERE.
Note:

  • You must have a full weekend pass or dance pass in order to qualify for housing.

  • Housing is NOT guaranteed, and will be filled on a first come first serve.

  • You must have purchased your pass in order for your housing request to be considered complete.

  • Housing requests will not be taken after Jan. 15th, 2019

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Denver Jazz Festival
Sep
18
to Sep 21

Denver Jazz Festival

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Denver Vintage Jazz Festival is THREE days of world-class music held in the Mile-High City of Denver, Colorado and expecting a record crowd of over 600 dancers and listeners.

This 3-story venue and early-era throwback party appeal is unrivaled in Denver. Our one-of-a-kind Vintage festival focuses primarily on vintage jazz and blues of the 1930’s & 1940’s. Each room in the venue features a spacious dance floor, and there are swing dance classes available for all levels of dancers from internationally renowned instructors during the daytime hours through our sister event Lindy on the Rocks.

We mix in locals along with top name bands, to help bolster the local music economy, and employ/educate local musicians on playing this style of music.

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Tickets now available!

This event is run concurrently with Lindy on the Rocks, and the Hot Night Fusion Weekend, two events focused on dance. An All Access Pass will include dance workshops in swing, blues, tango, and street dance. The All Access Pass starts at $170 for the full weekend, and includes all Denver Jazz Festival sessions.

The All Music and Dances Pass will include all music sessions and dances, but WILL NOT include dance classes. The All Music and Dances Pass will be $120 for earlybird sales.

All VIP passes include all live music throughout the weekend with reserved seating at both venues. This pass DOES include the Dazzle brunch on both mornings.

All Passes DO NOT include admission to the following:
Dazzle Pancake Brunch – Saturday
Dazzle Pancake Brunch – Sunday

This event is produced by Denver based non-profit CMDance.

All tickets must be picked up at will call during the event. Will call opens at 6:00 PM on Friday, September 14th.

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2018 Artists

2018 Featured Bands and All-Star Artists:

Hal Smith’s Swing Central

Led by drummer Hal Smith, Swing Central is a quintet made up of top musicians who — with one exception — live in the Central Time Zone.

The group plays small-band swing music of the ‘30s and ‘40s, including songs associated with Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Lester Young, Pee Wee Russell, Charlie Christian plus Boogie Woogie specialties and original compositions.

Personnel:
Hal Smith – Drums, Bandleader – Searcy, AR
Jonathan Doyle – Clarinet – Port Townsend, WA
Jamey Cummins – Guitar – Austin, TX
Dan Walton – Piano – Austin, TX
Steve Pikal – Bass – Eden Prairie, MN

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Jonathan Doyle Swingtet

Jonathan Doyle came up in Chicago during the neo-swing movement of the mid-90s, playing with the Mighty Blue Kings and then the Four Charms. In 2004, he moved to Austin TX to play traditional jazz, western swing, and any acoustic roots music he could get involved with. He started the Jonathan Doyle Swingtet in Austin at the outset of 2015, focusing on classic swing and originals in a classic style. The band went on to perform Lindy Fest 2015 in Houston, Dirty Water Lindy and Blues Exchange 2015 in Boston, as well as Lindy Focus 2015 in Asheville.

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Red Hot Rhythm Rocket

A little bit of Rock and Roll, some Rhythm & Blues, a Hammond B3 Organ, and just a dash of swing is the recipe for some infectious groove set by the men and lady of the Red Hot Rhythm Rocket. Pulling inspiration from Louis Jordan, Etta James, Pearl Bailey, Bill Doggett, Milt Buckner, and Big Jay McNeely, among others, this band features two horns, organ, guitar, drums, and a strong vocalist. The band was started by Joe Smith in 2017 to provide an eclectic mix of music arranged to get people on the floor dancing.

Personnel:
Joe Smith – Trumpet, Bandleader – Denver, CO
Cara Griffith – Vocals – Denver, CO
Jonathan Doyle – Tenor Saxophone – Port Townsend, WA
Luke Smith – Guitar – Denver, CO
Bobby Floyd – Organ – Columbus, OH
Braxton Kahn – Drums – Denver, CO

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Jonathan Stout Orchestra featuring Hilary Alexander

The Jonathan Stout Orchestra, featuring Hilary Alexander is the nation’s premier swing dance big band. The 14-piece JSO captures the unmatched excitement and true rhythmic pulse of the Swing-era, and is the most danceable big band anywhere. The band follows the templates of Benny Goodman and Count Basie – orchestras that were aggressive and tight, and filled with all-star soloists that bring the fire on every song, regardless of tempo.

The Orchestra was founded in 2004 after promoters demanded a full big band that was as danceable and exciting as the Campus Five. Jonathan and Hilary responded with a big band that was designed from the outset to be the ultimate swing dance orchestra, and has gone on to become the gold-standard in the swing dance world.

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Jonathan Stout and The Rugcutters featuring Hilary Alexander

Jonathan Stout and The Rugcutters, featuring Hilary Alexander is the nation’s premier swing dance band. Showcasing the small-group sound of the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, the Rugcutters is the most danceable swing band anywhere. The 9-piece Rugcutters captures the true sound of the Swing-era, with all the energy and excitement that inspired millions to dance. Influences include the Benny Goodman Sextet, Artie Shaw’s Grammercy Five, Count Basie’s Kansas City Six, and the Harlem-based small groups of Illinois Jacquet, Cootie Williams, Coleman Hawkins, and Hot Lips Page.

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2018 All-Stars

Bobby Floyd (Columbus, OH) – Piano and Organ

“Once you are touched by the great sound of Bobby’s organ, there is an obsessive desire for more.”
— Byron Stripling

Bobby Floyd’s talent has launched him into a very rewarding career, putting him in demand and making him one of the favorite, first-call pianists/organists for many well-known artists. He has traveled the world accompanying Ray Charles on piano and organ. He currently makes guest appearances with some of the most distinguished orchestras, including The Boston Pops, The Rochester Philharmonic, and The Detroit Symphony. He is presently the feature pianist/organist for the world-famous and legendary Count Basie Orchestra. He has also toured nationally and internationally as organist for the Grammy Award winning Dr. John. You can also see Bobby with Grammy Award winning Doc Severinsen, the great trumpeter who fronted the “Johnny Carson Tonight Show” band for 30 years.

The prestige associated with Floyd’s worldwide appearances can also be witnessed at home. In his hometown, Columbus Ohio, Bobby is the feature pianist/organist with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Byron Stripling where he has performed with a large number of major artist. He is occasionally featured with The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and other arts organizations and venues throughout Columbus and Ohio.

He has also completed several recordings that can be purchased at many of the major online services including amazon.com, iTunes, and cdbaby. Bobby’s recordings and live performances demonstrate his ability to electrify audiences and have received the highest praise from critics and musicians alike.

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David Lee Harris (New Orleans) – Trombone

American trombonist, vocalist and composer David L. Harris embodies the edge of modern jazz and the sultriness of blues. Every time he steps on stage, David takes us on the emotionally engaging journey of love and liberation, wrapped in a sound that embraces the groove, grit and swing of the past. Growing up in a neighborhood called Scotlandville, in Baton Rouge, La, David L. found his fingers pressed against the sliding brace of the trombone at the age of sixteen and has never let go since. He has toured internationally and domestic performing at The Newport Jazz Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, and The New Orleans & Heritage Jazz Festival. David L. has performed and been a featured soloist at legendary concert halls, such as the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NY, The Lincoln Center in New York, NY, and The L’Olympia Music Hall in Paris, France; and has performed, recorded and collaborated with artist Herlin Riley, Wynton Marsalis, Shannon Powell, Aaron Neville, Aloe Blacc, Dr. Michael White, Dee Dee Bridgewater and The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

A DEVOTED ARTIST

Harris would spend seven hours a day practicing while allowing the sounds of legendary musicians like Tyree Glenn, Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton, and Al Grey to train him along the way. He went on to further his knowledge of music, and fine-tune his technique, by continuing his studies at Southern University, Louisiana State University, and the University of New Orleans. He can been seen on the Cover of Offbeat Magazines’ Satchmo SummerFest issue(2017) and also in DownBeat Magazine, an artist profile interviewed by Phillip Lutz. David L. is currently a proud Performing/Endorsing Artist forAntoine Courtois/The Buffet Group. He has captured and moved audiences in China, Europe, Taiwan, Russia, South America, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and in over twenty cities in Japan. Harris demonstrates in every show how he prizes the gift of sharing jazz from New Orleans, for the genre enables the creation of artwork that could not be made anywhere else in the world. His masterful team joins him in this endeavor, most recently with the critically-acclaimed “Blues I Felt”, Harris’ debut album.

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Jonathan Doyle (Port Townsend, WA) – Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone

Clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, and arranger Jonathan Doyle recently relocated to Port Townsend WA in the Pacific Northwest. He still spends time in Chicago, Austin TX, and on the road.

Jonathan briefly attended Depaul’s School of Music in Chicago, where he studied under Mark Colby. He left school to pursue a full time career in music during the neo-swing movement of the mid-90s, playing with the Mighty Blue Kings and then the Four Charms. He has also worked with Chicago’s emerging improvisers such as Josh Berman, Jason Adasiewicz, and Design Flaw, and developed an interest in country blues and jug band music playing with the Wabash Jug Band. In 2004, Mr. Doyle moved to Austin to pursue his love of acoustic and roots music afresh. After a brief stint with the Asylum Street Spankers, he went on to freelance in Central Texas’ vibrant traditional jazz, swing, and western swing scene, playing with well-established acts such as Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel, and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, as well being a part of many fine local bands such as Thrift Set Orchestra, Albanie & her Fellas, Stan Smith and the Jazz Pharaohs, Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies, East Side Dandies, White Ghost Shivers, Whit Smith’s Hot Jazz Caravan, The Giant Three and his own projects The Jonathan Doyle Quintet / Swingtet. His time in New Orleans introduced him to the hot jazz and traditional blues band, Tuba Skinny, whom he played and traveled with extensively from 2011-2015. 2016 to early 2017 had Jonathan spending a whole lot of time in Chicago playing with the amazing Fat Babies as well as guitar maestro, Joel Paterson. 2016 was also the start of playing more regularly with Naomi & Her Handsome Devils and Hal Smith’s Swing Central!

Jonathan is committed to crafting original music as well studying the American musical traditions. He strives to organize and be a part of bands whose music is rooted, yet distinct. And to play for listeners and dancers anywhere they’ll have him!

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Hal Smith (Searcy, AR) – Drums

When Hal Smith plays, the spirits of George Wettling, Zutty Singleton and Dave Tough smile. Whether it’s small group swing, San Francisco Jazz, 1920s classics or freewheeling Eddie Condon jazz, his playing lifts up the music with taste, class and subtle ideas.

— Scott Yanow, Jazz Historian and Journalist.

Hal Smith took up the drums in 1963, and became a full-time professional musician in 1978. He has played with many of the best Traditional Jazz and Swing bands including the Dukes of Dixieland, Jim Cullum’s Jazz Band, Butch Thompson Trio, Grand Dominion Jazz Band, Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band, Climax Jazz Band, Yerba Buena Stompers, the Fat Babies and many others. Hal has also played Western Swing, Rockabilly and Blues music with a variety of groups across the U.S.

Currently he lives in Searcy, Arkansas and travels to engagements with bands led by Kris Tokarski, Tim Laughlin and Banu Gibson. Hal’s primary band is the Kid Ory-styled On The Levee Jazz Band, He also leads Pretty Wild (Wild Bill Davison tribute), Swing Central (swing quintet) and co-leads the Rock Island Roustabouts with pianist Jeff Barnhart.

Hal was influenced by hearing Ben Pollack, Nick Fatool, Wayne Jones and Fred Higuera in live performance. He has also studied the recordings of drummers Sid Catlett, Dave Tough, Zutty Singleton, Jo Jones, Minor Hall, George Wettling, Morey Feld, Gene Krupa, Harry Dial, Johnny Wells, Vic Berton, Ray Bauduc and more.

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Steve Pikal (Eden Prairie, MN) – Upright Bass

Steve Pikal has been playing music professionally for many years and is highly regarded as a first call bass player from the Minnesota Twin Cities area jazz scene. His rock-steady time, superb ear for correct notes, and obvious joy in every performance make him welcome on any bandstand. He has had the pleasure of working with many top performers and bands over the years. Some of his credits include the Jim Cullum Jazz band, Butch Miles, Artie Shaw Orchestra, the Barbary Coast Dixieland Show band, Dick Hyman, Danny Coots, the Wolverines Big band, Butch Thompson, Hal Smith, John Cocuzzi, Jeff Barnhart, The Midiri Brothers, and the Bill Evans New Orleans Jazz band.

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Dan Walton (Austin, TX) – Piano

Dan Walton is a jazz pianist based in Austin Texas. Originally hailing from the San Francisco bay area, his music draws from a variety of influences–from boogie woogie, to stride, bebop, and classical music. Growing up, he enjoyed the music of Teddy Wilson, Art Tatum, George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Pete Johnson, Arthur Rubinstein, and many others. He also enjoys the works of classical artists like Chopin and Debussy.

He has also worked quite a bit in the western swing genre, and has recorded/performed with a variety of interesting people in the music industry, including (in no particular order) Dale Watson, Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel, Lyle Lovett, Jerry Jeff Walker, Pat Green, Johnny Bush, Paul Shaffer, Elizabeth Cook, Buddy Miller, Vince Gill, The Time Jumpers, Robert Earl Keen, George Strait, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rhonda Vincent, Garrison Keillor, Leon Rausch and Elvin Bishop to name a few. Dan enjoys working in a great variety of musical genres.

Dan’s work as a musician has taken him all over the world, and he enjoys music and art of all sorts from many cultures and in many countries.

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Jamie Cummins (Austin, TX) – Guitar

Jamey played with the Hot Club of Davenport before relocating to Austin — where he now plays with the Hot Club of Austin! In addition, his steady rhythm and outstanding solos are also heard in the group called Rent Party, and the Rockstep Relevators. He has played on the jazz festival circuit with swing bands led by Dave Bennett and Kris Tokarski as well as with an All-Star Western Swing band at the Redwood Coast Music Festival.

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Venues

Studio Loft at Ellie Caulkins Opera House

1400 Curtis St. Denver, CO 80202

The Studio Loft is an 8,000 sq ft performance, rehearsal and event space with a cathedral ceiling, exposed brick, warm-colored walls, a 3,000sf wood dance floor. The Studio Loft is located in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

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Dazzle Denver

1512 Curtis St. Denver, CO 80202

In business for more than fifteen years, Dazzle has secured its spot as the premier place for jazz in Denver. But it’s not just here that the club’s been praised: DownBeat magazine listed it as one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world, and with good reason. The level of talent that’s brought in week after week is unmatched in these parts.

Rated as Denver’s Best Jazz club by Westword Magazine for 15 years running, Dazzle is a live music and culinary staple in the Denver arts scene.”

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Sponsors

The Denver Jazz Festival is brought to you by Community-Minded Dance, best known in the Denver area as CMDance.

We rely on our loyal sponsors, partners and our incredible dancers from all over the world to keep our organization intact. With your support we are able to fulfill our mission of building healthy, thriving communities through world-class arts education programs that bring the global culture of both solo and partnered vernacular dancing to Colorado youth and adults.

We encourage your support of cmDance through The Denver Jazz Festival. We sincerely hope you will make a commitment to partner with us in sponsorship of this event which not only strengthens our relationship but will surely add the success of your organization.

Thank you to our loyal sponsors* for over 15 years!

Westerra Credit Union

ZoZo Group

Hawley Family Foundation

William Marcus

Carol Morris

Jeffrey Brenman

Ann Ehli

Lynn Herrington

Phelps Family Foundation

Burgess Trust

Denver Foundation

Colorado Creative Industries

100s of Colorado Gives Day Donors

*This list is not all inclusive, as we have numerous anonymous sponsors!

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Hot Night Fusion Weekend
Sep
14
to Sep 17

Hot Night Fusion Weekend

Hot Night Fusion Weekend Ever since the dawn of social dancing, people have been combining dance styles into an intertwined fusion of dance expression.

Fusion originated by blurring the lines between music and dance aesthetics and now has progressed towards becoming its own dance form where dancers seamlessly flow between styles, cultivating a whole new skill set. At Hot Night Fusion Weekend, we celebrate combination, flow, and new dimensions of music where we individually teach and study pure dance forms and then find ways to integrate them. This event supports these dance concoctions by providing 20 hours of classes throughout the weekend with top instructors from several different dance styles. Some genres will be progressive so you can choose a style to study in depth and other styles will be taught as electives to open the door to new opportunities in your dancing. The evening dance parties will take place in three different rooms at the gorgeous Curtis Hotel to themed sets played by some of the best DJs in blues, tango, latin, WCS, fusion, and beyond, and stay tuned for announcements about special guests and additional programs. So join us for an unforgettable weekend that will take your dancing to new heights. Hot Night Fusion Weekend runs concurrently with Lindy on the Rocks with classes in the same venue and a pass gets you access to all three rooms of dancing (all-access or dance only) and over 20 hours of classes (all-access pass). Save the date September 13-15, 2019!!

https://hotnightfusionweekend.org/

Registration

Hot Night Fusion Weekend is an event produced by CMDance, and is put on in conjunction with Lindy on the Rocks, and the Denver Jazz Festival.

All Access Pass

Your true all-access pass to Hot Night Fusion Weekend. Includes all dances for HNFW and Lindy on the Rocks, and all sessions for the Denver Jazz Festival, all for one low price!

Price: Currently $200

  • Minimum of 12 hours of classes

  • Access to Lindy Hop, Blues, and Fusion classes

  • Two rooms of dancing and activities during the event (Fusion, Blues, and Lindy hop)

All Music and Dances Pass

Access to dances, including two rooms of dancing and activities during the event (Fusion, Blues, and Lindy hop).

Price: $120

  • All dances during the event (September 14-16, 2018)

  • Eligibility to compete in Lindy Hop competitions

  • All music sessions for the Denver Jazz Festival

ONLINE REGISTRATION Is Open!

All Passes DO NOT include admission to the following:
Dazzle Women in Jazz Friday Lunch Performance
Dazzle Pancake Brunch – Saturday
Dazzle Pancake Brunch – Sunday

By registering for the event you agree to the following:

  • No pass-transfers or full refunds will be allowed. Instead, if a registrant can’t attend and we are notified by August 14, 2018, we will give that person credit towards next year. (note: this applies to pass credit only; no credit can be given for add-ons or won passes) If that person can’t attend next year,

  • Won passes cannot be transferred to another individual or year, and carry no cash value

  • I understand that dancing is both physical and athletic, and therefore poses some natural risks, for which I accept full responsibility. Furthermore I agree not to hold CMDance, its board members or its organizers legally or morally responsible for any injury or mental discomfort I experience under any circumstance. Therefore, I hereby waive any and all liability claims against CMDance, its organizers, board members, their agents and instructors or their agents for any and all injuries which I might suffer during, and/or as a result of, my participation in the Hot Night Fusion Weekend, September 14-September 16, 2018, in Denver, CO and its surrounding areas and parking lots. I also assume all responsibility and liability for any injuries I might suffer, or cause, during, and/or as a result of my participation in the Hot Night Fusion Weekend event, September 14 through September 16, 2018 in Denver, CO and its surrounding areas and parking lots. Furthermore, I absolve CMDance, its organizers, their agents and instructors or their agents of any and all responsibility for future injuries I might suffer or cause as a result of my participation in the Hot Night Fusion Weekend Event, September 14 through September 16, 2018, in Denver, CO, and its surrounding areas and parking lots.

  • By executing this waiver, I state that I am in good physical and mental health and know of no reason why I should be unable to fully participate in all event activities in which I partake.

  • I understand that CMDance intends to record participation in the classes, dances, and special events on video and in photographs. I expressly grant CMDance the unlimited right and authority to use any such recording in any and all media in which I appear by whatever ways or means with no obligation to me. Such recordings are the sole property of CMDance.

  • Hot Night Fusion Weekend is a private event and may refuse admission to any individual if it believes they pose a threat to any other attendees.

  • CMDance reserves the right to update these Terms and Conditions at any time, and will update our registrants with the new version when and if that occurs.

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Weekend Overview

Friday, September 14

1:00pm

Invite Only Lindy Hop Class - Invention and Creative Flow

2:15pm

Invite Only Lindy Hop Class - Invention and Creative FlowInvite Only Solo Jazz Class

3:30pm

Invite Only Lindy Hop Class - Safety Steps

4:00pm

Invite Only Solo Jazz ClassContest Check-In - Mix&Match (Open and Am) and Solo Jazz

5:15pm

Invite Only Solo Jazz Class

6:00pm

Contest Registration Cut Off

6:30pm

Competitors Meeting - Lindy Hop Mix & Match and Solo Jazz

6:45pm

Amateur Lindy Hop Mix & Match Prelims

7:15pm

Open Lindy Hop Mix & Match Prelims

7:45pm

Solo Jazz and Charleston Prelims

8:00pm

Drop In Lesson

8:30pm

Jonathan Stout and The Rugcutters featuring Hilary Alexander

9:00pm

NaturalTango Quintet
Fusion Dancing

9:30pm

Amateur Lindy Hop Mix & Match FinalsJonathan Stout and The Rugcutters featuring Hilary Alexander

10:00pm

Solo Jazz and Charleston Finals

10:30pm

Open Lindy Hop Mix & Match FinalsJonathan Stout and The Rugcutters featuring Hilary Alexander

12:00am

Hal Smith's Swing Central

1:00am

Friday Night Awards
Hal Smith's Swing Central

2:00am

Hal Smith's Swing Central

Saturday, September 15

10:00am

Rhythmic Fusion - Fusion
Lindy Hop Class - Fundamentals - Move Your Body Good-er
Lindy Hop Class - Technique - Connecting with Humans
Lindy Hop Class - Topics - Remixes of the 6's

11:15am

Lyrical Fusion - Fusion
Lindy Hop Class - Fundamentals - Move Your Body Good-er
Lindy Hop Class - Technique - TBA
Lindy Hop Class - Topics - Solo Jazz Routine

12:30pm

Dancing Outside the Box - Fusion
Lindy Hop Class - Fundamentals - Watch Your 6
Lindy Hop Class - Technique - TBA
Lindy Hop Class - Topics - 2 Scoops with Everything on Top

1:45pm

Drag Blues For All - Fusion
Zouk Connection - Fusion
Dance Injury Prevention and Maintenance
Topics - Fun & Style

2:00pm

Panel Discussion - Black Culture in Jazz

3:00pm

Fusion Class - Tango Rebounds
House Dance
Tranky Doo

3:15pm

Hal Smith's Swing Central

4:30pm

Battle on the Rocks
Bobby Floyd Quartet

5:15pm

Contest Check-In - Strictly (Amateur and Hellzapoppin')

6:45pm

Contest Registration Cut Off

7:15pm

Competitors Meeting - Amateur Strictly and Hellzapoppin Strictly

7:30pm

Lindy Hop Amateur Strictly - Prelims

7:45pm

Lindy Hop Hellzapoppin' Strictly Prelims

8:00pm

Drop In Lesson

8:30pm

Jonathan Stout Orchestra featuring Hilary Alexander

9:00pm

Chance's End

9:30pm

Lindy Hop Amateur Strictly FinalsJonathan Stout Orchestra featuring Hilary Alexander

10:00pm

Chance's End

10:30pm

Lindy Hop Hellzapoppin' Strictly FinalsJonathan Stout Orchestra featuring Hilary Alexander

11:00pm

Chance's End

11:59pm

Late Night Fusion Dancing

12:00am

Red Hot Rhythm Rocket

1:00am

Saturday Night Awards

1:15am

Red Hot Rhythm Rocket

2:15am

Red Hot Rhythm Rocket

Sunday, September 16

11:00am

Let's Get Connected - Blues
Lindy Hop Class - Fundamentals - The So-Cal Basics
Lindy Hop Class - Technique - Connection in Motion
Lindy Hop Class - Topics - TBA

12:15pm

What's the Rhythm? - Blues
Lindy Hop Class - Fundamentals - The Art of Social Dancing
Lindy Hop Class - Technique - TBA
Lindy Hop Class - Topics - St Louis Shag

1:30pm

Blues Punctuation - Blues
Lindy Hop Class - Fundamentals - Rhythm in Phrasing
Lindy Hop Class - Technique - It's all in the Hips
Lindy Hop Class - Topics - St Louis Shag

2:45pm

Afrobeats, Kuduro, and Dancehall Fusion - Solo Movement
Zouk Fundamentals - Zouk

3:30pm

Bobby Floyd Trio
Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars

4:00pm

Dragging it Out - Drag Blues

8:00pm

Jonathan Doyle Swingtet

9:00pm

Jonathan Doyle Swingtet
Diana Castro & The Big Time Band

10:00pm

Jonathan Doyle Swingtet

Intructors

Hot Night Fusion Weekend 2018 Instructors

Nicole Trissell

With more than 20 years of dance training and over a decade of teaching under her belt, Nicole is a movement and communication professional with a mission.

Nicole enjoys enabling dancers to use their body in the most healthy way possible and her ability to diagnose and change postural issues is only exceeded by her love for cultivating dance as an art form. Whether you want to add technical excellence to your dance or experience music in a whole new, visceral way, Nicole has got you covered. Dance has been one of the most important forces for growth in Nicole’s life and she is excited to share her joy of dance with you.

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Nathaniel Abrea

Nathaniel is a nationally acclaimed blues dancer who loves to social dance, compete, and teach as much as he sleeps. He is known for having precise musicality, playful movements, and expressive body shaping as a lead, follow, and solo dancer.

Nathaniel first explored dancing through a catchy choreography on YouTube in his bedroom, and continues to do so to this day. Coming from a non-technical background, he is highly attuned to his intuition for body mechanics and musicality. His intuition-first approach allows him to craft intellectually accessible and relatable lessons that reward students with new techniques to challenge themselves on their own time. He also executes each lesson with as much patience as he has excitement, and hopes to empower his students to start navigating their own personal expression within Blues.

Nathaniel has worked with dedication in the past several years, and competed and placed at many national events such as: BluesSHOUT!, Austin Blues Party, Rose City Blues, and more. He has won competitions as a Lead, Follow, and Solo dancer, and is proudly recognized as the first to officially qualify in the Blues All Star division as both a Follow and a Lead.
Nathaniel continually strives for new ways to grow, and for more things to learn, in hopes that he can share his newfound knowledge and experiences with his students.

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Joe Demers & Jes Cutler

Joe DeMers and Jes Cutler have been teaching together for three years. They are powerhouse instructors who engage total beginners to experienced dancers. In an intensive, ‘all-levels’ approach, they leave students feeling focused, guided, included, and encouraged. As teachers, they have beautiful interplay and teach strongly to both roles. Followers in their class feel equally challenged and focused in their experience of technique, movement, and making beautiful lines, shapes and expressions.

Drag Blues is a lovely dance culmination of Blues aesthetic, jazz elements, dynamic shapes, soft close embrace connection, and Frame Matching. Joe and Jes explore the range of musicality and shapes within a partnership, alignment, body mechanics, and teach moves for the social dance floor. They give language to connection in a way that empowers partners to clearly express timing, shape changes, weight transfers, and a sharing of energy that is efficient, comfortable and fun.

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LaTasha Barnes

LaTasha “Tasha” Barnes is an artist, dancer, entrepreneur, and ambassador of culture. Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Tasha has enjoyed much of her life immersed in jazz, funk, soul, and R&B music and dance thanks to her DJ father and dancing family. Having turned that lifelong passion into cultural activism she serves towards achieving the mission of Urban Artistry, Inc to preserve the arts that represent the urban experience, as a directing member, performer and educator. She is celebrated for her musicality, athleticism, and joyful presence throughout all her dance forms which include: House, Hip Hop, Waacking, Vernacular Jazz, and Lindy Hop. Through her own expression and endeavors Tasha hopes to inspire fellow artists to cultivate an authentic sense of self in their creative expressions and daily lives.

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Rachel Farley

Rachel is a Movement Coach and Certified Neurosculpting® Facilitator. She is dedicated to developing customized workshops that provide sustainable tools to empower businesses, dancers, social justice activists, and educators to thrive. Participants leave workshops with a deeper understanding of how our minds and bodies are intrinsically linked and in constant communication. Rachel received her B.S. in Pure Mathematics and Secondary Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her Masters in Educational Policy and Leadership from University of Colorado at Denver. After teaching in urban high schools for 7 years, Rachel left the classroom to pursue her goal of combining dance and mindfulness practices to strengthen communities by cultivating healthier relationships rooted in trust and empathy. With over 23 years of experience in partner dancing including Brazilian Zouk, Lindy Hop, Blues, and Ballroom, she approaches the body and brain from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Workshops incorporate the 5 step Neurosculpting® process to regulate our emotions, heighten neuroplasticity, and edit our stories in a way that better serve us. Contact Rachel with questions and ideas regarding workshops, private meditation and/or dance, small group session or just to say “Hello!”

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Donato Juárez

Donato is one of the most talented of the new generation of tango dancers in Argentina. Musical, elegant, precise, driven, Donato teaches tango as he dances it: with energy, passion and sensitivity. From his hometown of Mar del Plata in Argentina, he has been part of a group of enthusiastic young dancers that has continued to tirelessly explore the intricacies of this dance. He has studied with many renowned teachers who were quick to notice his impressive technical skills.

Donato has been invited to international tango festivals in the United States, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Europe (Italy, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Greece, Switzerland, Finland), and Mexico and has performed in many theaters in Argentina. He has been invited to perform, with Cecilia Gonzalez, in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 International Argentine Tango Congresses (CITA) in Buenos Aires. Since 2009 he also takes part as a master teacher .

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Diana Cruz

Originally from Asunción, Paraguay, she began her dance studies in her home country: Centro de Artes Cascanueces, Luque; Instituto de Bellas Artes, Asunción; Instituto Municipal de Arte, Asunción. The process of dance-learning placed her in various Performing Arts schools around Argentina, Brazil and Chile.

As a professional dancer, she joined several ballet companies, such as: Ballet Clásico y Moderno Municipal de Asunción, Ballet Uninorte (Asunción), Compañía Intermitente de Danza Contemporánea (Asunción), David Taylor Dance Theatre (Denver).

Diana has received a Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Certification by BASI (Body Arts and Science International). She has taught the Pilates method in several studios of Asunción, Buenos Aires, and continues teaching intermittently in Denver, CO.

Her discovery of Argentine Tango has given her yet another turn in the never-ending, cyclical journey of exploring new ways of moving and expressing. She is currently teaching and performing Argentine Tango around the U.S. and abroad, in a dance partnership with Nick Jones, as well as continuing to develop her solo carrier as teacher, choreographer, producer, director and performer. Her work as a choreographer includes pieces in dance productions like: the “Tango Zone” (NY), “Tango Times”, “Cortinas”, “Avenida Vivencias”, “Piazzolla, En Sus Palabras” (CO). She produced and directed various dance production, such as “Avenida Vivencias” (2015), the innovative experimental production “Oniria Tango” (2016), “Estación NaturalTango” (2017), and the upcoming “Nostalgias” (April, 2018).

Diana incorporates her multi-disciplinary techniques (Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Modern Dance, Latin American Folk Dances, Pilates, Yoga, Singing, Poetic Interpretation and many Tango Dance styles) into one cohesive dance. She uses these techniques to create powerful, musical, unique performances. Her understanding of biomechanics gives her an astute approach as a movement teacher. She studied Poetic Interpretation and Voice Training throughout the years of dance training; and joining the Orquesta Típica Natural Tango, as a singer, in 2010, has been an important addition to her artistic career. She holds a degree in Psychology from the Universidad Nacional de Asunción, a study that has enhanced her understanding of the human mind and body interaction. Miss Cruz has created her own line of Tango shoes for women, Cruzartango, which is a continual exploration of organic and ergonomic dance shoes.

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Bennie Vo

Bennie is a licensed massage therapist with certifications in medical massage, neuromuscular massage, trigger point therapy and spurts massage. He is teaching a class focused on injury prevention for Dancers. The main topics covered are common injuries for Dancers, how to recognize these issues and self and partnered exercises.

Lindy On The Rocks 2018 is run in Conjunction with Hot Night Fusion Weekend 2018… All Access passes give you access to Lindy Hop classes as well as the fusion classes. Lindy on the Rocks has brought in Skye Humphries, Gaby Cook, Nathan Bugh, Latasha Barnes, Joshua McClean, Jenna Applegarth, and Jon Tigert to teach swing classes. Read more about these instructors HERE.

Class Descriptions

Friday

8:30-9:15 Diana & Donato – Tango

Saturday

1:45-2:45 Nicole – Fusion
Rhythmic Fusion

Rhythms are the foundation, the ground upon which many dance styles are built. Rhythms in music and dance span cultures, continents, and time. In this class we’ll delve into the rhythms of the vast array of fusion music we dance to, excavating layers of expression to help unite our dance backgrounds and partnerships.

1:45-2:45 Jes & Joe – Drag Blues
Drag Blues for All

Join us for fun Drag Blues sequences, including social dance moves & techniques.

3:00-4:00 Diana & Donato – Tango

4:15-5:15 Nicole – Fusion
Dancing Outside the Box

We all bring dance and movement backgrounds to our fusion dancing. Rhythmic patterns, connection styles, that are familiar and are easy tools to fall back on. We’ll take a look our boxes, learn how to adapt to the ones our partners might bring to the dance floor, and use this awareness to start breaking out of them to try something new!

4:15-5:15 Rachel – Zouk
Zouk Connection

Join Rachel in an exploration of connection within Brazilian Zouk. While she preaches “it’s all about connection” she does not ask her students “just to feel it”. You will develop the necessary somatic responses and physical discipline required to communicate, move as a unit, and connect. As a group, we will seek to heighten our sensitivity and understand the practical skills necessary to develop a seamless social dance such as tone, balance, body mechanics, quality of movement, and musicality. Connecting involves surrender, vulnerability, and responsibility, whether you’re connecting with a partner, the music, or yourself.

8:30-9:15 Local Instructors – Fusion

Sunday

2:45-3:45 – Nicole & Nathaniel – Blues
Let’s Get Connected

From basics to the weird stuff, we’ll explore the full range of connections used across Blues styles. With a strong emphasis on a conversational connection, we’ll lean, twist, and stretch our way to super connected dances.

2:45-3:45 – Jes & Joe – Drag Blues
Dragging It Out

Create Drag Blues moments of lag, including leg sweeps, soft shapes, and stretch.

4:00-5:00 – Nicole & Nathaniel – Blues
What’s the Rhythm?

Welcome to Blues Rhythms! In this crash course we’ll start by identifying common blues rhythms and putting them in our bodies. Then we’ll bring them into partnership by exploring how both partners can rhythmically riff with each other, and with the music to harmonize with the song.

4:00-5:00 – Rachel – Zouk
Zouk Fundamentals

Apply your knowledge of connection to several basic figures and shapes within Brazilian Zouk. This class will focus on essential concepts such as timing, frame, and balance to ensure your basics are clean, clear and comfortable.

5:15-6:15 Nicole – Blues
Punctuation

Punctuation is important. It breaks up our thoughts, makes us easier to understand and can even add some pizazz to our communication. This class will focus on blues moves and choices that break up, accent, and punctuate our dancing so our expression can really shine.

5:15-6:15 Nathaniel – Afrobeats, Kuduro, and Dancehall
Afro-Dancehall Fusion

Come learn some dance moves and sequences that are trending among the Afrobeats, Kuduro, and Dancehall scenes such as the Gwara Gwara, Azonto, Abrir, Cloud Nine, and more. The moves we learn will then be reinforced through a 30-second or longer choreo, depending on the flow of class.

8:30-9:15 Local Instructors – Blues

Live Music & DJs

Live Music & DJs

These folks are bringing you sweet tunes to keep the dancing going all weekend.

NaturalTango Quintet – Friday Night

We are excited to welcome the NaturalTango Quintet, one of Denver’s favorites, to the stage on Friday night. One of the most exhilarating experiences in dance is to be in a milonga with a live orchestra. Experience the energy from the musicians and a sound that fills up even the cracks between the floorboards, this is one of those rare moments where inspiration meets reality!”

The NaturalTango Orchestra was formed in 2008 and has since evolved into one of the most exhilarating and coherent tango orchestras in the States. Our goal is to work with excellent musicians to create danceable live music. The traditional instrumentation and excellent arrangements of this tango orchestra make it a must see event! The orchestra focuses on the golden age works of major orchestras like Carlos Di Sarli, Juan D’Arienzo & Osvaldo Fresedo.

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Chance’s End – Saturday Night

As Chance’s End, San Francisco-based producer Ryan Avery creates electronic music fronted by solo violin. The project was formed in 2001 to explore how acoustic violin sounds when featured prominently in places it normally isn’t. With a laid-back downtempo sound reminiscent of Groove Armada, the group is helping redefine the role of the violin in popular music.

A violinist for almost 30 years, Ryan first studied as a classical musician before branching out into other styles such as bluegrass, blues, and jazz. Ryan began mixing violin and electronica to add a unique element to his early electronic productions, out of which Chance’s End was born. Vocalist Emily Zisman was brought on in 2010, whose experience with folk music, soul, and swing now also figure prominently in the group’s music. The duo’s very different backgrounds make electronica the perfect common ground to blend their styles and influences. You can hear some of their music HERE.

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Diana & The Big Time Band – Sunday Night

Diana Castro leads the Big Time Band with big time vocals. Hailing from New Orleans, Diana is a local gem to Denver’s party scene. The Big Time Band features Blues, Soul, R&B, Funk, Pop music and more to keep you dancing the night away. Diana has a unique energy and captivates her audiences while singing everything from Etta James’ to Michael Jackson’s popular hits. Hot Night Fusion Weekend is so lucky to have a band that provides such variety for our dancers.

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DJs

La Wanna M. Larson aka LL DJ Wannie

La Wanna has an unique connection to the dance world. She served as the executive director of Black American West Museum and curator. She believes music, culture and history is the rhythm of our society.
La Wanna is now the assistant executive director of CMDance. Each year this innovative non profit brings the arts to thousands of students in their classroom, dance events and monthly dances.
LL DJ Wannie is a fusion DJ with roots in West Coast Swing, Blues, Soul, Zouk, Rhythm and Blues, EDM, Ballroom and more. She is a seasoned DJ who has been invited and played at numerous major dance events and local dances. She plays a mix of new and classic music to create a memorable set. She travels regularly across the country to DJ and dance at dance events.
A fun fact about La Wanna is she is related to Otis Spann a legendary Blues artist.

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John Miller

Since the age of 17, John has DJed nearly everything, from 7-person house parties to 700-person festivals, high-school sock-hops, weddings, and funerals (very little dancing at the latter). His selections are the result of intensive study and a love for the eclectic. He specializes in DJing Tango from all eras, Blues on vinyl, and fusion.

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Colin Newton

Michael Moll

Venues

Dazzle Jazz Club
1512 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202

Dazzle Jazz Club has been a staple in the live music scene since 2002. Rated as Denver’s Best Jazz club by Westword Magazine for 15 years running, Dazzle is a live music and culinary staple in the Denver arts scene. Now located in the historic Baur’s building, Dazzle’s history is combined with one of Denver’s oldest iconic landmarks. Dazzle Jazz boasts delicious food, great atmosphere, and premium cocktails.

Parking: There is metered street parking available, as well as a parking garage and lot (available all day) within 2 blocks of Dazzle. Parking garages and lots start at $12/day. Parking meters are free on Sundays.

Dances: Friday-Sunday Main/Late Night dances, Panel discussions, Women in Jazz, and Denver Jazz Festival music programming (during the day) are located at this venue.

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The Studio Loft at Ellie Caulkins Opera House
1400 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202

The Studio Loft is an beautiful event space with a cathedral ceiling, exposed brick, warm-colored walls, and a spacious wood dance floor. This venue has vast room, a bar, and plenty of seating.

Parking: There is metered street parking available, as well as a parking garage and lot (available all day) within 2 blocks of the Opera House. Parking garages and lots start at $12/day. Parking meters are free on Sundays.

Dances & Performance: All Lindy dances and Battle on the Rocks will be held here.

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The Curtis Hotel
1405 Curtis St., Denver, CO 80202

The Curtis Hotel is an eclectic styled hotel with multiple ballrooms perfect for hosting our dance classes. We have secured a room block for $129 a night. All ballrooms are located on the 3rd floor of the hotel, and you do not need to be staying at the hotel to access the ballrooms. Marco Polo, Red Rover, and Hopscotch ballrooms will be available for classes during the day.

Parking: There is metered street parking available, as well as a parking garage and lot (available all day) within 2 blocks of the hotel. The hotel also has valet parking available for $45/day. Parking garages and lots start at $12/day. Parking meters are free on Sundays.

Classes: Fusion classes will be held here, check the schedule to find out which ones.

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Volunteer

CMDance is changing our format for volunteers for the 2018 year. Volunteers (now recognized as Event Staff) will get reimbursed $$ per hour for their work. If you are interested in working at the event, please read the following information, and fill out this form. Feel free to direct any questions to JoeS@cmdance.org or Kara@cmdance.org(Event Directors).

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  • You will need to purchase a pass to the event. If you are in a financial situation that makes this not possible for you, please contact Event Director Joe Smith at JoeS@CMDance.org for information on getting a case by case exception to this rule.

  • Workers at the event will be paid $10.20/hr of work completed. Payment will be paid at the end of the event.

  • Please be prepared to fill out a W9 at the event before you receive payment.

  • Workers are able to work as many, or as little shifts as they would like.Most shifts are 1 hour blocks of time, some shifts require a 2-3 hour block of time, which will be indicated in the schedule when signing up for shifts.

  • Once the schedule has been finalized, the worker is required to cover their shift if they are no longer able to work for a time that they signed up for.

  • Workers are responsible for managing their own schedule. i.e. Don’t sign up for a shift during contest prelims if you are competing.

  • All workers must adhere to responsibilities provided to workers prior to the event.

Housing

Hot Night Fusion Weekend is thrilled to have out of town visitors for the event. We work hard to help facilitate affordable accommodations for those travelling to Denver for the weekend. We have a nifty HOUSING FORM for you to fill out.

However, housing is NOT guaranteed, and the housing form will be closed August 25th, 2018!

We have secured a small block of rooms at The Curtis Hotel.

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