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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

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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.

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