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Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout 2019


Registration scheduled to open in June.

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

Tickets

By registering for the event you agree to the following:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Instructors

Sylvia Sykes

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

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

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Nick Williams

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

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

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Kate Hedin

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

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

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

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David Rehm

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

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Laura Keat

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

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

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Jeremy Otth

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

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

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Kelly Arsenault

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

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

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Mickey Fortanasce

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

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

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Music

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

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

DJs

Head DJ Travis Whetman

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Peter Flahiff and Lauren Smith

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

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DJ Kate Hedin

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Jose Tello

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

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Contests

BALBOA CONTESTS

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

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

Competitors must be Full Weekend Pass or Dance Pass holders.

*NEW* Adv/Nov Social

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

Open Social

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

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

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

Open Strictly

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

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

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

Class Levels

Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout

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

Level 1

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

Level 2

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

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

Level 3

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

Level 4

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

Please Note

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

Class Schedule

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

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

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

Class Schedule

[2019 Class Schedule Coming Soon!]

Full Weekend Schedule

[2019 Full Schedule Coming Soon]

Castle Events Center
at the
Doubletree by Hilton

Exit 223 off Interstate 25 in Northglenn, CO

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Flying Into Denver

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

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

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Getting To and From DIA

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

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Getting Around Denver

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

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

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

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