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.
Where Swing Meets Blues
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
Sara Deckard is Sara Deckard!
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.
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.
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.
Swing Club’s Beginner Swing Class
Intro to Shag – Annabelle & Nial
Dance with Devin Jones & the Uptown Stomp
Band ends – DJ’d music
Location – Denver Turnverein (All) test
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.
Beginner Swing Dance Lesson
Vintage Dance Party w/ Devin Jones & the Uptown Stomp
Band ends – DJ’d music continues
Turnverein Ballroom & Ratskellar
11:30 PM or later
“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.
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.
Musicality and styling:
Going over the many different ways you can express musicality in shag
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.
Beginner Swing Lesson Mercury Cafe
Dance with Jeremy Mohney’s Swing Band Mercury Cafe
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
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
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.
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.
Sunday Night Venue
The Mercury Cafe
2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205
Limited, free parking lot and free street parking. Metered lot across street.
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.
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 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.
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!
Wanting to stay with a local, or house out-of-towners during Diversion 2019? Fill out the housing survey HERE.
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