Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout 2019
Oct
18
to Oct 21

Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout 2019

Registration is now open on Eventbrite: https://rmbb.eventbrite.com

Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout celebrates a swing era partner dance known as Balboa and Bal-Swing. It features fancy footwork, subtle technique and some flashy vintage movement. It is usually danced to faster tempos, although Balboa to slower and moderate tempos 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 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

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Pricing

Full Weekend Passes

  • July 5 - July 31: $169

  • Aug 1 - 31: $189

  • Sept 1 - 30: $209

  • Oct 1 - 17: $229

  • At the door: $249

Other Passes & Contests

  • Competitor’s Pass: $109

  • Open Strictly: $40

  • Advanced Mix & Match: $20

  • Amateur Mix & Match: $20

Policies

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

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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.

Nick Williams

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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.

Kate Hedin

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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.

David Rehm

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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.

Laura Keat

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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.

Jeremy Otth

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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.

Olga Marina

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Olga was born into a family of teachers (language and music) 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. At her classes Olga 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 passion for dancing.

Andreas Olsson

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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”.

Heather Ballew

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Heather Ballew hails from the lovely, landlocked city of Denver where majestic mountains tower over the skyline, sunny days are plentiful, and the name “Mile High City” now has several connotations. As a participant of the 1990’s swing renaissance, Heather Ballew swears she learned everything the wrong way first and has relearned and refined every bit of her dancing over the years. Because of this, Heather has a keen eye for what works and what doesn’t. She believes that swing dancing should look good and feel great but most of all it should be FUN! She loves social dancing with people of all levels and she is most known for her connection and rhythmic musicality. She can be found teaching around the United States

Javier Johnson

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Javier Johnson is a rocket scientist by trade, and he brings a powerful analytical sense which joins the mechanics of dance and the soul of expression. He is well versed in all the swing dances, but specializes in Balboa and soul. As an international swing dance instructor, he's travled around the world sharing his joy of teaching and his passion for jazz dances.

Music

The Greg Ruby 6

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will be playing the compositions and 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.

 
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Travis Whetman, Head DJ

Travis fell in love with swing music early in his dancing life and has been collecting it ever since. A regular Seattle DJ since 2003, Travis focuses on swing music from the 1930s and 1940s and is comfortable playing songs for many styles of dance.


Travis currently holds Head DJ roles at Camp Jitterbug, Balast Off, Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout, and now All Balboa Weekend!!

Contests

BALBOA CONTESTS

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

Competitors must purchase a Competitor’s or Full Weekend Pass.

Amateur Mix & Match

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.

Advanced Mix & Match

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.

Please Note

There is no level testing. Final placement, in all levels, is at the discretion of the RMBB promoters and staff. On Saturday during classes, 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. We appreciate your cooperation!

Level 1

This track is for those who are new to or reviewing the Balboa & Bal-Swing basics, vocabulary, technique, and styling. Classes will include Pure Balboa, come-arounds, lolly kicks, out-and-ins, throw outs, and other foundational moves.

Level 2

This track for dancers who already know Balboa & Bal-Swing basics. You should be able to switch betweenBalboa & Bal-Swing but may need some improvement on transitions. This track will review and refine important steps in addition to adding moves, rhythm changes, and creativity to your dancing. You must already know pure balboa, come-arounds, lolly kicks, throw outs, and out-and-ins.

Level 3

This level is for Balboa dancers who are already able to dance musically, add variations, and are able to dance at slow, medium, and fast tempos. Dancers in level 3 should be comfortable with Pure Balboa and Bal-Swing basics and also know paddles, crab walks, drags, turns, independent styling, rhythm variations, footwork, elbow-catches, momentum changes, and improvising with your partner.

Level 4

In addition to being comfortable with the moves required of Level 3, dancers at level 4 will be confident at all tempos, have begun to develop their own style, and are able to improvise footwork, styling, and musicality. Dancers in Level 4 are typically at the higher level in their scene and are likely teaching locally, traveling to balboa events throughout the year, and may have started competing or performing.


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

Friday

3:00 PM: Registration opens

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM: Performance Group rehearsal (Invite only)

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM: All-levels electives

5:00 PM: Registration deadline for Friday night contests

6:00 PM: Dinner Break

8:00 PM: Balboa drop-in lesson

8:00 PM: Advanced Mix & Match check-in and prelims

9:00 PM to Midnight: Social dancing to The Greg Ruby 6

9:45 PM (or first band break): Instructor Jam, Performances

10:45 PM (or second band break): Advanced Mix & Match Finals

Midnight: Awards

Midnight to 2:00 AM: Social dancing to the RMBB DJs

Saturday

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM: Classes

12:15 PM to 2:00 PM: Lunch

4:30 PM to 5:30 PM: Rehearsal - Performance Group

4:00 PM: Registration deadline for Saturday contests

6:00 PM: Open Strictly check-in and prelims

7:00 PM: Dinner

9:00 PM to Midnight: Social dancing to The Greg Ruby 6

9:45 PM (or first band break): Open Strictly Finals

10:45 PM (or second band break): Pro Invitational Contest

Midnight: Awards

Midnight (following awards): Cocktail Hour in the Hotel Bar!

Midnight to 3:00 AM: Social dancing to the RMBB DJs

Sunday

10:00 AM: Morning Stretch/Yoga

11:00 AM to 5:00 PM: Classes

12:15 PM to 2:00 PM: Lunch

5:00 PM: Registration deadline for Sunday contests

6:00 PM: Dinner Break

8:00 PM: Amateur Mix & Match check-in and prelims

9:00 PM to Midnight: Social dancing to The Greg Ruby 6

9:45 PM (or first band break): Amateur Mix & Match Finals

Midnight: Awards

Midnight to 2:00 AM: Social dancing to the RMBB DJs

Castle Events Center
at the
Doubletree by Hilton

Exit 223 off Interstate 25 in Northglenn, CO

Google Map

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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Travel

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.
https://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/D/DENTNDT-RMB-20191017/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

A room with 2 Queen-sized beds is only $127/night
A room with 1 King-sized bed is only $117/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: RMB

We’ll also announce and email registered attendees once our hotel room block is ready for booking. Thank you!

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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 Around Denver

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
21
to Mar 1

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

Register Here

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, 2020, 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, 2020. 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 21-29, 2020 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 21-29th, 2020 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 22-29th, 2020 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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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.

Hot Night Fusion Weekend is a full weekend event that caters to the roots of the fusion community, and how it has grown in Colorado. During the day you have access to over 14 hours of workshops, providing material with influences from more than 12 dance styles. Whether you want to learn the basics of a new dance, want to incorporate a variety of crossover influences into your current style, or want to deepen your experience with partnered connection, HNFW has workshops for you. In the evenings our DJ’s will play music designed for crossover/fusion dancing, allowing you to play with a variety of dance styles and techniques; creating space for different dance backgrounds to connect on the dance floor. All of this amazing fusion and connection is happening in the Performing Arts District in downtown Denver, with a vast variety of original Denver cuisine, bars, breweries and cafes within walking distance. Join us for an unforgettable weekend in the Mile High city this September! Save the date September 13-15, 2019!!

Use Code: Here4thefusion at registration!

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.


For a discount and to help us keep track of how many fusion workshop participants we will have

Use Code: Here4thefusion

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!"

A La Carte/At the Door Prices:

Saturday Day Pass - $100 - Access to all classes and dances (Lindy & Fusion)

Sunday Day Pass - $80 - Access to all classes and dances (Lindy & Fusion)

Friday Fusion Social Dance $15 - 10:15 PM

Saturday Fusion Social Dance $20 - 10:00 PM

Sunday Fusion Social Dance $15 - 9:00 PM

Three Night Fusion Social Dance Pass- $40

Tap Classes - $25 each or $40 for both - Saturday Only

House Dance Class - $25

All other classes are $20 drop-in per class

**Taxes and fees apply, purchasing at the door will incur an additional $5 fee.

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.

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

Download the full weekend schedule here!

Saturday

9:15 AM Yoga

10:00 AM Solo Body Isolation’s

11:15 AM Afro-Pop

12:15 PM Lunch

1:30 PM Tango Zouk Fusion

2:45 PM Dancer Self Care

4:30 PM Blues Aesthetic

5:30 PM Dinner Break

8:00 PM Battle on The Rocks

9:00 PM Get out of your Head and into Your Body: part 2

10:00 PM Fusion Social

4:00 AM Dance Ends

Friday

8:00 PM Latin Body Movement and Musicality

9:15 PM Get out of your Head and into Your Body: Part 1

10:15 PM Fusion Social

2:00 AM Dance end

 


Sunday

1:30 PM Yoga

3:45 PM Zouk Tango Fusion

5:00 PM Dancer Self-care

6:00 PM Dinner

8:00 PM Get out of your Head and into Your Body: part 3

9:00 PM Fusion Social

12:00 AM Soul (Move to loft)

2:00 AM Dance End

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.

 

Tom Ogunribido

Tom’s energy and enthusiasm make his classes the most fun, exciting way to learn Latin dance! He has been teaching Salsa in Denver for over 3 years and is so excited to share with you his love for Latin Movement and Musicality.

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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.

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Karina Stilpen

Karina is passionate about Zouk, meditation, and the breadth of human connection. She uses her experience and studies of tantric meditation to deepen her understanding of how to connect effortlessly with everyone she meets on the dance floor, and inspires everyone who knows her towards greater depth of self.

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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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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.

 

Avital Miller

Avital Miller is known for inspiring people to experience boundless energy, absolute happiness, and truesuccess.With growing up as a gymnast and dancer and teaching yoga for over fifteen years, Avital hasan eyeforhelpingall body types activate alignment that efficiently strengthens and stretches them.After living in a yoga community based from the principles of the yoga guru Paramhansa Yogananda foralmost seven years and having held corporate leadership positions such asprogrammanager atMicrosoft, she also has a natural ability to combine spiritual principles to daily life in a universal waywithin a yoga practice.

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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
 

Getting out of Your Head and into Your Body:

Dive deep into an embodied experience of individual and partnered connection with this brand new series of classes, focusing on connecting to that within which moves you. Enjoy an exploration of the physical, emotional, and energetic bodies through breath and your body's essential nature. Find pleasure in the dance, no matter the partner, song or external circumstances. Seek and find the place in which movement and connection come as naturally as breath. Find the space where partnered connection is a natural, intuitive, effortless dance and conversation between two people.


Latin Body Movement and Musicality:

When dancing fusion we incorporate many styles and flavors into our movement. When the music has Latin influence, how do you add Latin movement and musicality into your favorite dance styles? No matter your dance background, you will love this all level fun and energetic workshop to get the feel of Latin movement in your body.


Zouk Tango Fusion: 

Infinite Travel - Walks and collections in all directions, elegant leg articulations.

Mastering the Pivot - Finding ease and freedom in a connected calesita, Adornos.


Afro-pop:

As a music genre Afro-pop is taking the world by storm—uniting musical elements from Africa, and pulling influences from America (i.e. Jazz, Hip Hop) and from the Caribbean (I.e. Dance hall, Soca). As a class we will break down some key street dances that tie into this infectious music, and fusing them together into a dynamic choreo.

Blues Aesthetic (Athleticism):

The "Blues Aesthetic" is a conceptual framework that deconstructs the essence of the dance form into the following aspects: Poly-centrism, Poly-rhythms, Athleticism, Lag, and Improvisation. This class will have a heavy lean on what it means to be physically and mentally Athletic while dancing blues—and will frequently touch base on the other aspects that makes Blues amazing.

I.so.late. that bad ass:

Isolation's are not only a great party tick to pull out of your hat, but they are also valuable in understanding how to control your body movement. In this class we will drill exercises and techniques that will help us self assess and execute isolation's in pleasantly effective ways.

Dancer Self-Care:

Bennie Vo is going to walk us through how to prevent injuries when dancing and how to optimize recovery when we do get injured. We will go over common injuries for dancers and learn how to recognize and address these issues. The class will focus on self and partnered exercises and stretches. Bennie hopes to inspire the dance community to cultivate a happy life and healthy practice of self care.



Live Music & DJs

DJs


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Kanit Dararutana

Kanit’s passion for dancing began when a friend invited him to a Blues dance workshop a couple hours away. “You should come, it will totally change your life.” Truer words we never spoken. Soon, Kanit found himself dancing 7 days a week and traveling as much as possible. Dancing consumed his life as over the next few years he branched out into many different dance styles, traveling for events, creating and nurturing dance scenes, DJing, organizing, and even a bit of teaching. Kanit found himself DJing more and more to fill the holes in his local community and found supreme joy when dancers expressed their excitement in his sets. Kanit loves to share new and old music with the community, shaping the energy of the dance floor with his sets and taking dancers on a journey for hours, especially when that music touches dancers deep down. Kanit’s favorite dance style is fusion followed closely by West Coast Swing, and Blues, but he enjoys learning any partner dance. Kanit is most passionate about sharing the world of dance and the benefits it can bring to one’s life. Nothing makes him happier than a friend who came dancing for the first time saying they loved their experience.

 
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Miklo Moll

One of Denver’s best Fusion, Zouk, and Blues DJ’s. He will keep you dancing and feeling good all night!

 
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Kara Fabina

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

 
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Aloura Summers

Aloura a Colorado Native has been in the Denver Dance Scene for over 10 years, she found her place in the dance community when she was introduced to Blues dancing at the Mercury Cafe. She started hosting and DJ’ing dance events regularly in 2015 and quickly fell in love with creating space for her communities to dance and connect on a deeper level. Her hope as she continues hosting and DJ’ing events is to help inspire a vibrant energy of connection, connection to the music, connection and fusion between dance styles, and connection to each other.







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 Champa Studio

1245 Champa 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. Parking meters are free on Sundays.

All Fusion Dances and most workshops will be at the Champa Studio.

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MOREY MIDDLE SCHOOL

840 E 14TH AVE, DENVER, CO 80218

Morey Middle School is located in the heart of Denver, with ample space to spread out and dance. The entrance is on the east side of the building off of Emerson St. The venue has a mix of hard wood and tile floors. We will be in the gymnasiums, auditorium stage, cafeteria, and some classrooms.

Parking: Morey has two small parking lots on the east and west side of the building. There is also free street parking during the weekend all surrounding the school.

What’s happening here:

Saturday day Fusion Workshops







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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Denver Jazz Festival
Sep
13
to Sep 15

Denver Jazz Festival

Event Information

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 early-era throwback party appeal is unrivaled in Denver located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Our one-of-a-kind Vintage festival focuses primarily on vintage jazz and blues of the 1930’s & 1940’s. Each 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 ranges from $139-$239 for the full weekend and it is a Fusion Class pay-what-you-can community support system. Your All Access Pass 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 starting July 1st.

Buy All-Access or Music Only Passes starting at $120!

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

Individual Evening Tickets are now on sale through the Studio Loft's AXS system (not on eventbrite)

Friday $30 - Buy Friday Night Tickets
Saturday $35 - Buy Saturday Night Tickets
Sunday $25 - Buy Sunday Night Tickets

**Taxes and fees apply, purchasing at the door will incur an additional $5 fee. So buy your ticket earlier instead of at the door!

2019 Artists

2019 Featured Bands and All-Star Artists:

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Jonathan Stout & His Campus 5 ft. Hilary Alexandra

The Campus Five 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.

Both founders (Hilary and Jonathan) have been dedicated Swing dancers for over 20 years, and the relationship between Swing music and Swing dance informs all aspects of the Campus Five. Song selection, tempo, song length and feel are all chosen with danceability in mind. The Campus Five’s three albums, “Jammin’ the Blues”, “Crazy Rhythm”, and “Moppin’ and Boppin’”, are favorites of Swing DJs and Swing Dance Instructors all over the globe. The Campus Five have been featured at many of the premier Swing dance events around the world, and are known for their unparalleled competition music, which inspires dancers to new heights.

The Campus Five has been featured on ABC's "The Bachelorette" (2016), and on Warner Brothers TV's "Ellen" (2004).

Photo Credit: J.S. Almonte

Photo Credit: J.S. Almonte

Jonathan Stout and his Rugcutters feat. Hilary Alexander

The newest band from Jonathan and Hilary, the Rugcutters are a 9pc band built on the same frame as the Campus Five, but built to take advantage of having 4 horns. The 4 horn format can function as normal small-group swing band, but it can also function more like a small big band, with independent reed and brass sections.

The repertoire starts with tunes that had been on the Campus Five's "To-Do" list for years, but just couldn't satisfactorily be scaled down to two horns, and also includes updated versions of some of the Campus Five's classic tunes that were rearranged to utilize the additional textures possible in a bigger band.

Making it's debut at the International Lindy Hop Championships in 2018, the Rugcutters features the same unmatched danceability as the Campus Five but with a bigger palette of tonal colors to draw from.

The Candy Jackets Jazz Band

The Candy Jackets 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.

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Count Basie Tribute Big Band

Gabe Mervine, Denver local trumpet player, has brought together a special 17 piece orchestra for our festival. They will be playing classic jazz tunes with a special tribute to Count Basie. This one time show is a must see, and showcases many local Denver jazz artists.

Denver Jazz Youth All Stars

The Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars were created in 2009 by retired public school music educator Dr. Ed Cannava. Ed was the 22 year Director of Arapahoe High School’s three time Downbeat award-winning Dry Creek Dixie Dawgs.

The All-Stars perform during breaks of the professional bands at each Denver Jazz Club monthly session. The band has been featured with many professional musicians including Bob Draga, Eddie Erickson, Duke Heitger, Dan Levinson, Kris Tokarski, Randy Sandke, Jim Fryer, Bria Skonberg, Eddie Metz, Jr., Dr. Bach and the Jazz Practitioners, the 101st Colorado Army Dixieland Band, the Summit Hot Seven, the Big Mama Sue Quartet, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Your Fathers Mustache Band, the Treme Brass Band, the Crescent Katz, Bob Schulz and the Frisco Jazz Band, the Au Brothers Jazz Band, the Blue Street Jazz Band, the Queen City Jazz Band, and Kristy Reed’s Valley Finest.

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. Venue has ample dance space, limited seating, and a bar for you to enjoy the music each evening.

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Galleria @ Denver Center for Performing Arts

11301 13th Street, Denver, CO 80202

The Denver Center for Performing Arts Complex has ample space, fine dining, and of course art and music. Afternoon sessions will be held outdoors in between the Galleria theater and the Ellie Caulkins Opera house. There will be limited seating, a dance floor, a bar, and ample jazz for your afternoon.

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

Sticker Mule

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

Schedule

Download our Full Schedule for all three festivals that run in conjunction with each other.
All Blue colored boxes are live music through Denver Jazz Festival
All Pink boxes are DJ’d music included in your ticket
All Green boxes are Classes through Lindy on the Rocks & Hot Night Fusion Weekend (only Friday night’s beginner class is included in your ticket, everything else is additional)

Schedule Subject to Change

Friday
7:00pm Doors Open to Studio Loft
7:30-8:30pm Drop-in Beginner Swing Lesson
8:30pm Jonathan Stout & His Campus 5 ft. Hilary Alexander

Saturday
7:30pm Doors Open to Studio Loft
8:00-8:30pm Battle on the Rocks Performance
8:30pm Jonathan Stout & His Rhythmbusters

Sunday
4:30pm Denver Jazz Youth All Stars (location - Galleria)
5:45pm Count Basie Tribute Big Band (location - Galleria)
8:30pm Doors Open to Studio Loft
9:00pm The Candy Jackets


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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.

Registration

Tickets available at the door! Cash and card accepted.

Please read before registering

By registering for the event you agree to CMDance’s Terms

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!

Beginner Bootcamp - $60 ($25 for students with valid ID) - Saturday Bootcamp Classes Only
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!

Individual Evening Tickets are now on sale through the Studio Loft's AXS system (not on eventbrite)

Friday $30 - Buy Friday Night Tickets
Saturday $35 - Buy Saturday Night Tickets
Sunday $25 - Buy Sunday Night Tickets

**Taxes and fees apply, purchasing at the door will incur an additional $5 fee.

A La Carte/At the Door Prices:
Saturday Day Pass - $100 - Access to all classes and dances (Lindy & Fusion)
Sunday Day Pass - $80 - Access to all classes and dances (Lindy & Fusion)
Tap Classes - $25 each or $40 for both - Saturday Only
House Dance Class - $25
All other classes are $20 drop-in per class

Full Access Pass includes:
All dance workshops for Lindy on the Rocks and Hot Night Fusion Weekend
Access to Denver Jazz Festival evening entertainment
Dances for Lindy on the Rocks and Hot Night Fusion Weekend
Makes you eligible to compete in contests.

*Contest entry fees are NOT included in the pass, they are additional items on the registration form.

All Music and Dances Pass includes:
Dances for Lindy on the Rocks and Hot Night Fusion Weekend
Access to Denver Jazz Festival evening entertainment
Makes you eligible to compete in contests

*This pass DOES NOT includes any dance workshops. Contest entry fees are NOT included in the pass, they are additional items on the registration form.

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, 2019.

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

Weekend Overview

Download a FULL SCHEDULE and help us reduce our footprint.

Schedule Subject to Change

Friday

7:00 pm - Doors & Registration Open
7:30-8:30 pm - Drop-in Beginner Swing Class
8:30 pm-2 am - Dance with Jonathan Stout & His Campus 5 ft. Hilary Alexander and DJ’d music

*Competition Registration 7-8:30pm
*Solo Competitors Check-in starts at 9:15 pm
*Solo Prelims During First Band Break approx. 9:30 p
*Solo Finals Top of the Third Set approx 10:30 pm

Saturday

10:00 am-4:00 pm - Classes (@ Morey Middle School)
4:30-5:30 pm - Prelims for Strictly (both divisions) (@ Studio Loft)
8:00-8:30 pm - Battle on the Rocks
8:30 pm-2 am - Dance with Jonathan Stout’s Rugcutters ft. Hilary Alexander and DJ’d music

*Competition Registration 1-3pm (@ Denver Turnverein)
*Strictly Prelims Check-in for Am & Open start at 4:15pm (@ Studio Loft)
*Strictly Finals at Top of Second & Third Band Set approx 9:30 pm for Amateur and 10:30 pm for Open

Sunday

11:00 am-3:30 pm - Classes (@ Studio Loft & Champa)
3:45-4:45 pm - Pre-lims for Mix & Match (both divisions) (@ Studio Loft)
4:30-5:30 pm - Denver All Stars Youth (@ Galleria)
5:45-7:30 pm - Count Basie Big Band Tribute Hour (@ Galleria)
9 pm-Midnight - Dance with The Candy Jackets Jazz Band & DJ’d Music
Midnight-2:00 am - Swing & Soul Party

*Competition Registration 1-3pm (@ Studio Loft)
*Mix & Match Prelims Check-in start at 3:30 pm
*Mix & Match Finals at Top of Second & Third Band Set (approx. 10 pm for Amateur & 11 pm for Open)

Instructors

Lindy on the Rocks 2019 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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Joshua Mclean

A dancer and music lover since a child, Joshua would stay up late into the night with his face glued to a tiny TV ー watching episodes of “Soul Train” and “Showtime at the Apollo” so he could learn how to dance. He danced Ballet and Hip Hop while growing up, and began dancing in an afters chool club whilst in high school.

Joshua Mclean is a professional dancer, choreographer, and performer in the global Lindy Hop community. He has taught and performed at Lindy Focus, Herrang Dance Camp, Beantown Lindy Hop Camp, Joshua believes that individual expression to music and teamwork are crucial to being your best dancing self. In the classroom, he combines his knowledge of Jazz music, Lindy Hop and Vernacular Jazz Dances, Theatre Improvisation Techniques, and Communication Theory to coach students through the development of their skills, empowering them to reveal the dancer they have the potential to be.

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.

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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Mariel Gastierena

Mariel started dancing Lindy Hop in 2004, when she was 14. Since that time she dedicated herself to dance Lindy Hop, Authentic Jazz and Tap and at the same time she learned different styles like jazz dance, classical, contemporary, african dance and tango.

She also studied music at the Municipal Conservatory of Buenos Aires, and later on she focused her training in swing music. She plays clarinet, piano and sings.

Along side Juan Villafañe and Manuel Bicain, she 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.

Being one of the most influential swing dancers in South America, Mariel teaches regular classes at Swing City and often travels to teach workshops internationally.

Irina Amzashvili

Dancing has always been a passion for Irina, her expression completely and boundlessly inspired by music. She began learning Lindy Hop in 2009 at the age of 15 and fell in love with it after her first night of social dancing.

Shortly thereafter, her passion for Swing dancing expanded to include Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and solo Jazz. Since her start in Orange County, CA, Irina has taught these dances all across the U.S. as well as Europe, Asia, and Australia.

As a teacher her goal is to patiently guide her students through building solid foundations and technique as well as inspiring individuality in personal movement. Irina's greatest joy as a teacher is to see her students progress with their dancing, no matter the increment.


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Anthony Chen

Anthony first started dancing at age 8 when his parents convinced him to learn and perform Chinese lion dances. As a young teenager he stumbled upon breakdancing, which kept him out of trouble until he found his true love in swing. Since then, he has trained in other dance styles ranging from hip-hop to West Coast Swing, but most of all he enjoys using this background to expand upon his technique and creativity in Lindy Hop. On the social dance floor he is known to be playful, musical, creative, and clear. He holds first place titles from events such as Lindyfest and Lone Star Championships, Montreal Swing Riot, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Lindy Focus, and International Lindy Hop Championships. Combined with his professional background in education, his love of both leading and following have been instrumental to making the classes that he teaches both clear and intuitive. He is an active scene builder in his community and founded Salt City Swing, where he teaches locally.

Classes

We will be listing Track Descriptions instead of class descriptions this year. Each track will have 3-4 classes and will go over the materials outlined in the tracks below. We ask that dancers self-assess their dancing, and take the classes that best fit their goals and interests.

You may freely switch tracks as you please, and the Fusion Weekend classes are available to those holding a full-access pass as well.

It is our belief that everyone can learn something from every class!

Download a FULL SCHEDULE and help us reduce our footprint.

Beginner 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! Location: Morey Middle School

Solo Movement – 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 and house). This track level will be great for dancers who are looking to learn about a variety of topics. This track is great for all levels as you will be dancing without a partner. Saturday Only! Location: Morey Middle School

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. Saturday Only! Location: Morey Middle School

Social Dance – 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. Saturday Only! Location: Denver Turnverein

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. Saturday Only! Location: Denver Turnverein

The following two tracks are running on Sunday so our beginner bootcamp graduates can join in.

Style - This track is geared towards dancers who are looking to spice up their basics. 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 adding to their foundations. The amount of material covered will vary, but details will be focused on adding style or modifying your basics. Sunday Only! Location: Champa St. Studio

  • Movement and Exploration. The first thing we need are the right tools. We are going to explore a lot of options, and introduce all the tools we use to take our dancing beyond the "basic moves"

  • Outside Influence. We will delve into how other dancers move, the choices they make and how to break it down and try it on yourself.

Teacher’s Choice - This track is geared towards our teacher’s giving you what they think is the coolest or most important thing(s) to know for your dancing. We literally are just letting them loose. The material covered will vary as we are letting our teacher’s do whatever they want. Sunday Only! Location: Studio Loft

  • "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.

  • Two Bar Break - An introduction to musical phrasing. Learn how and when to use this concept to hit the music.

  • We Got What You Need - Specially tailored class for those in attendance.

Hot night Fusion Weekend Classes are included in the All-Access Pass, check out their class description/schedule!

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 feat. 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.

Photo Credit: J.S. Almonte

Photo Credit: J.S. Almonte

Jonathan Stout and His Rugcutters feat. Hilary Alexander

The newest band from Jonathan and Hilary, the Rugcutters are a 9pc band built on the same frame as the Campus Five, but built to take advantage of having 4 horns. The 4 horn format can function as normal small-group swing band, but it can also function more like a small big band, with independent reed and brass sections.

The repertoire starts with tunes that had been on the Campus Five's "To-Do" list for years, but just couldn't satisfactorily be scaled down to two horns, and also includes updated versions of some of the Campus Five's classic tunes that were rearranged to utilize the additional textures possible in a bigger band.

Making it's debut at the International Lindy Hop Championships in 2018, the Rugcutters features the same unmatched danceability as the Campus Five but with a bigger palette of tonal colors to draw from.

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The Candy Jackets Jazz Band

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.

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Count Basie Tribute Big Band

The new Count Basie Tribute big band is a 17 piece orchestra led by Denver’s own Gabe Mervine. They will be playing some of your favorite tunes by the Count, and are sure to keep you jumpin’ at this years LOTR. Don’t miss them playing a Sunday dinnertime show in the Galleria. Dance floor and pop-up bar on site.

William James "Count" Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. In 1935, Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, and in 1936 took them to Chicago for a long engagement and their first recording. He led the group for almost 50 years, creating innovations like the use of two "split" tenor saxophones, emphasizing the rhythm section, riffing with a big band, using arrangers to broaden their sound, and others.

Denver Youth All Stars

The Denver Youth All Stars (DJC All Stars) is composed of high-school Jazz musicians. They are led by Dr. Ed Cannava, who served as the Director of Bands at Regis University. The All Stars play regularly at Jazz clubs in Denver, but have also played on tours to New Orleans and outside the US. Check out more about their accomplishments and band members on their website.

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DJs

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

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Nick Davis

Nick Davis began dancing in 1998 and discovered Lindy Hop in 2002. After founding Eugene's Track Town Swing in 2012, Nick has traveled around the globe to hone his dancing skills. He was the 2014 Frankie Manning Foundation Ambassador to Herräng Dance Camp in Sweden.

Since then, he has become part of the Frankie Manning Foundation and is actively involved in shaping the future of the global swing dance scene. Nick can be found teaching in his home scene or DJing at events like Camp Jitterbug, Lindy Bout, Midwest Lindy Fest, or Herrang Dance Camp. He enjoys the work and believes that bringing people together through the joy of Lindy Hop is his true life calling.

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Duane Grover

A recent transplant to Denver, Duane DJ’d locally in the DC area dance scene for nearly ten years, as well as a handful of national-level events over the years in Boston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Austin.

He generally sticks to the blues, but started out by spinning swing for Lindy hoppers, and looking forward to getting back to some of his old favorites. He’ll do his best to keep the Lindy crowd, the blues folks, and anyone else on the floor dancing and happy.

Laurel Ryan

Laurel’s the type of person who plays her music loudly as a blessing to anyone who hears it. She loves introducing dancers to new versions of their old favorites, working hard to blend big band, trad jazz, early R&B, and quartet sounds into a seamless set. She’s also always trying to work more Nat “King” Cole into everyone’s lives, so keep an ear out for his silky tones. Laurel looks forward to every opportunity to blow your mind with her impeccable taste. In advance: you’re welcome.

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Kara Fabina

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 country. Based in Colorado Springs, she works to provide dancers with a variety of blues, jazz, and swing music in her sets.

She is particularly excited to be DJing the Soul Party at Sunday’s late night again this year!

Venues
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Mercury Cafe
2199 Califronia Street, Denver, CO 80205

$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.

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

What’s happening here:
Thursday Night Pre-Party

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.

What’s happening here:
All Lindy Dances (Friday-Sunday)
Battle on the Rocks (Saturday)
All Competition Prelims & Finals
Sunday Teacher’s Choice Track

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Champa St. Studio @ The Commons on Champa
1245 Champa Street, Denver, CO 80202

Champa Street Studio is the 3rd floor in the Commons on Champa building. The entrance to the building is on the Champa Street side just south of 13th street. The dance studio has marley floors, wall to wall mirrors, and a side room to decompress between classes.

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.

What’s happening here:
Sunday Style Track
All Fusion Dances (Friday-Sunday)
Fusion Track Classes (Friday/Saturday/Sunday evening)

Morey Middle School
840 E 14th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

Morey Middle School is located in the heart of Denver, with ample space to spread out and dance. The entrance is on the east side of the building off of Emerson St. The venue has a mix of hard wood and tile floors. We will be in the gymnasiums, auditorium stage, cafeteria, and some classrooms.

Parking: Morey has two small parking lots on the east and west side of the building. There is also free street parking during the weekend all surrounding the school.

What’s happening here:
Saturday Daytime Solo, Technique, Beginner Bootcamp, and Fusion Tracks

Denver Turnverein
1570 N Clarkson St, Denver, CO 80218

Morey Middle School is located in the heart of Denver, with ample space to spread out and dance. The entrance is on the east side of the building off of Emerson St. The venue has a mix of hard wood and tile floors. We will be in the gymnasiums, auditorium stage, cafeteria, and some classrooms.

Parking: Morey has two small parking lots on the east and west side of the building. There is also free street parking during the weekend all surrounding the school.

What’s happening here:
Saturday Daytime Social Dance & Musicality Tracks

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Galleria @ The Denver Center of Performing Arts Complex
1101 13th St, Denver, CO 80204

The DCPA Complex has a beautiful archway and fine dining options. Join us Sunday after classes and pre-lims are finished for some outdoor dancing and jazz tunes right in front of the Galleria Theater. We will have a dance floor set-up and additional seating, but feel free to bring some lawn chairs or a blanket and have a picnic.

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.

What’s happening here:
Sunday Dinnertime Outdoor Music Sessions

Saturday Classroom Venue will be announced shortly…. we’ve had some difficulties with venues (yes, multiple venues) cancelling so please stay tuned.

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 to competition fees.

  • 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

Lindy on the Rocks, Hot Night Fusion Weekend, and Denver Jazz Festival 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 one room (double queens-$219/night) left under a placeholder and can be transferred to anyone who missed the reservation cutoff date. Please contact Kara@cmdance.org or call 303-883-6691 to claim a room!

Town Place Suites has also provided a block of rooms for $139-$159 per night, and is 1.5 miles from the Studio Loft venue. This hotel has free parking and breakfast included. Link to reserve rooms. SOLD OUT!

You may also post on our Facebook Event page to connect with locals or our Roommate Finder group.

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Competitions

In order to compete in competitions you must hold either an Music and Dance Only 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.

Online Registration for competitions will close Wednesday, September 11th at Midnight! If there is still space for any of the competitions, then we will have three opportunities for you to sign up and add competitions on site (Friday 7-8:30pm, Saturday 1-3pm & Sunday 1-3pm).

Competitor’s who pre-register online will have their numbers in their registration packet and will not need to visit the competition registration desk!!!
Need to add a competition during the weekend? Update on Strictly partner? Any other changes? Great! Here’s your options for Competition Registration:

  • Friday 7:00pm-8:30pm - Studio Loft Competition Desk

  • Saturday 1:00-3:00pm - Turnverein Competition Desk

  • Sunday 1:00-3:00pm - Studio Loft Competition Desk

Locations: All competition prelims and finals, will be held at the Studio Loft.

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 approx. 9:45pm
Finals Friday approx 11:00pm

Open Strictly

No-holds barred, air-steps encouraged social dance competition. Dancers register as a partnership. Prelims will be to DJ'd music selected by Lindy on the Rocks. The format of finals may include all skates, spotlights, or jam style and will be to 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 competitions unless you are competing in the opposite role.

Prelims Check-in Saturday 4:15pm
Prelims Saturday 4:30pm
Finals Saturday approx. 11:00pm

Amateur Strictly

No-holds barred, air-steps encouraged social dance competition. Dancers register as a partnership. Prelims will be to music selected by Lindy on the Rocks. The format of finals may include all skates, spotlights, or jam style and will be to 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 competitions unless you are competing in the opposite role. The Amateur Strictly is intended for dancers who have not placed at national level competitions.

Prelims Check-in Saturday 4:15pm
Prelims Saturday 4:30pm
Finals Saturday approx. 10:00pm

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 Check-in Sunday 3:30pm
Prelims Sunday 3:45pm
Finals Sunday approx. 11:00pm

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 Check-in Sunday 3:30pm
Prelims Sunday 3:45pm
Finals Sunday approx. 10:00pm

*Organizer reserves right to change prizes at anytime.

The Battle
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Battle on the Rocks

Each year CMDance and our amazing partners at The Funkinetic Project are proud to announce a special addition to our annual Lindy on the Rocks event: Battle on the Rocks! To celebrate the connection between Vintage (Lindy Hop, Shag, Charleston, Vernacular Jazz) and Modern Street Dance (Hip-Hop, Bboying, Locking, House, Waacking, Popping), two teams of invited dancers will face off to both vintage jazz and modern music while representing their respective styles. Through the time-honored tradition of battle, we'll be exchanging and building ties between two cultures that share common ancestry.

Come out to the Studio Loft on Saturday, September 14th 8pm and build with us!

Live Updates & Contact

Stay current with all of our big updates via Facebook. Make sure you reply going to be notified of any big updates during the weekend and leading up to the festival!

Lindy on the Rocks Event

Hot Night Fusion Weekend

Denver Jazz Festival

Need to contact the team with questions about the event? E-mail Kara@cmdance.org prior to the weekend or call/text 303.883.6691 during the event for assistance!

Travel

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

Getting Around Denver

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.
Bird Scooters are an efficient/affordable option to get around downtown. App download required.
Lime Scooters are another app based scooter option to get around downtown. App download required.

Getting to Downtown Denver from DIA

The A Line will get you from the DIA airport to Union Station (1.5 miles from the Studio Loft/Curtis Hotel) for only $10.50 in approx 40 minutes. This is by far the most affordable and efficient way to get downtown from the airport. Last train to leave DIA departs at 1:26am. Trains departing Union Station start as early as 3:15am.

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Hot Night Fusion
Aug
2
7:00 PM19:00

Hot Night Fusion

Holy Tango in the Sistine Chapel!

Once a month, a diverse community of people get together to share their love of tango and blues dancing and music.

Experience the dance and discover your story  Tickets at:bit.ly/sisteneatstanley

Experience the dance and discover your story

Tickets at:bit.ly/sisteneatstanley

What is a Hot Night?

The Hot Night is Caryn Carrrasco’s idea, our founder.  As a lifelong dancer in many styles, she wanted a place where people could just dance and focus on innovation rather than moves that are “officially” part of a particular dance.

What is Fusion?

What is Fusion? Fusion /ˈfyo͞oZHən/ Noun: The process or result of joining two or more things together to form a single entity. Is it relates to dance, fusion could most easily be summed up as follows: What happens when you take multiple dance influences and dance them to music that isn’t necessarily the “traditional” choice for those movements. Doing a Baleo in Blues Dance is fusion, an open position transition in Tango is Fusion.

For Beginning Dancers:

This is a great way to try more than one dance in a night and see what you like.  Find music that makes you want to dance.  Find a bridge from what you listen to, to the music that grew up with the dances.

Dance with people who are laid-back and not hung up on what dance you “should” do to music.  This is a chance to dance as you as possible and have a great time doing it.

For Advanced Dancers:

Come to Hot Night and stretch your dancing muscles.  Do Volcada with a Blues dancer, send a tango dancer into open.  Try a dance and music that is outside your same-old, same-old set of moves.  Then, when you feel it, pop back into your comfort zone and surprise the person you’re dancing with.  Hot Nights are a great way to bust that dance rut you’ve been getting into.


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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.

Click on the picture above to be taken to our registration website.

Click on the picture above to be taken to our registration website.

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)
1:00-2:15p
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)
1:00-2:15p
2:30-3:45p
4:00-5:15p

Social Outing @ Tavern Platte Park
6p-9p
**Tell the servers you are with CMDance and 15% of your bill gets donated to CMDance’s school programs.

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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Tavern Platte Park

1475 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210

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What’s happening here:
Sunday Night Social

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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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