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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 18 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 September 13th-15th. Get your full Weekend pass now!

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

Tickets available at the door! Cash and card accepted.

Please read before registering


No pass-transfers or full refunds will be allowed. Instead, if a registrant cannot 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 cannot 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, 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!"


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

The All Music and Dances Pass includes access to all Denver Jazz Festival sessions, and dances for Lindy on the Rocks and Hot Night Fusion Weekend. This pass also makes you eligible to compete in contests. This pass DOES NOT includes any dance workshops. All Music and Dances Pass scheduled to go on sale July 1st!

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 for transfer information. You can transfer your pass forward to next year until September 10th, 2019.

Weekend Overview

Friday, September 13


Latin Body movement and Musicality


Zouk Tango Fusion: Part 1


Get out of your Head and into your Body: Part 1


Fusion Social Dance (DJ’d Music)


Dance Ends

Saturday, September 14




Solo Body Isolation’s


Blues Aesthetic


Get out of your Head and into your Body: Part 2


Get out of your Head and into your Body: Part 3


Partnered massage


Battle on the Rocks


Zouk Tango Fusion: Part 2


Fusion Social Dance (DJ’d Music)


Dance Ends

Sunday, September 15




Dancer Self-Care




Afro-pop Choreography


Fusion Social Dance (DJ’d Music)


Soul Party @ the Loft


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.


Jes Cutler

Tom Ogunribido

Karina Stilpen


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!”


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.

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 2019 is run in Conjunction with Hot Night Fusion Weekend 2019… All Access passes give you access to Lindy Hop classes as well as the fusion classes. Lindy on the Rocks has brought in Latasha Barnes, Joshua Mclean, Jenna Applegarth, Jon Tigert, Juan Villafane, Mariel Gastierina, Anthony Chen, and Irina Amzashvili to teach swing classes. Read more about these instructors HERE.

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To apply to DJ at Hot Night Fusion Weekend Please Fill out this Application.


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:
Battle on the Rocks (Saturday)
Sunday Late Night Soul Party (Sunday)

Champa Street Studio in the Commons on Champa Building
1245 Champa St., Denver, CO 80202

The Champa St. Studio is located on the 3rd floor of the Commons on Champa Building. Access to the building is on Champa St. just south of 13th Street. The venue has wall to wall mirrors, and a marley floor, with an additional seating room.

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.

What’s happening here:
Friday HNFW classes & social dance
Saturday classes & social dance
Sunday classes & social dance


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 or (Event Directors).

  • 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.


Hot Night Fusion Weekend, Lindy on the Rocks, & 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 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.

The Battle

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!

Earlier Event: August 2
Hot Night Fusion
Later Event: September 13
Denver Jazz Festival