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The Avalon Ballroom, Boulder's Social Dance Venue

welcome to the Avalon Ballroom

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... to the Avalon, Boulder's new venue for social dancing!

Dances at The Avalon

Come and enjoy contradance, swing dance, salsa, waltz, and other dances on a large cushioned dance floor at the Avalon! All events include a dance lesson. No partner or experience needed.
Click here to see current dances.

SPECIAL EVENTS within the next 30 days:

From Friday September 30th 2016 through Sunday October 2nd 2016
Boulder Tango Festival with Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne
Tango Multi-Day Event, from 9 PM to 2 AM
Cost: classes/practicas/milongas $10 to $40
Location: The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO, 80303
Contact: Giselle Anne: 720-278-4213 - mail@gustavoygiselle.com

Classes and Workshops for all levels all day, Milongas (dance parties) in the evenings will include teacher demonstrations, traditional Argentine food, Argentine clothes and shoes for sale and a grand time dancing and/or observing for all.


Mariano Chicho Frumboli & Juana Sepulveda
Federico Naveira & Sabrina Masso
Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne
Los Ocampo, Omar & Monica
Carolina del Rivero & Donato Juarez

Registration is  open:



Friday September 30th 2016
Boulder Community Contra Dance with Colorado Friends of Old Time Music and Dance
Contra Dance, 8-11pm (7:15 lesson)
Cost: $15 general, $13 members and $7 students
Location: The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO, 80303
Contact: Teri Rasmusson: 720-352-1770 - boulderdance@cfootmad.org, or Paul: 970-353-6340 -


**Special Contra Dance**

Presenting Nils Fredland and  Elixir




high energy dance music with horns:

 Elixir blends driving fiddle and guitar with the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section, deftly weaving brassy riffs and daring solos in and out of traditional Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes. Elegant melodies evolve into raucous dixieland horn riffs; transcendent harmonies, playful improvisations, and rock, swing and reggae-inspired rhythms weave in and out of traditional and original Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes.

Friday October 7th 2016
Bulgarika Band in Boulder with Boulder International Folk Dancers
International Dance, 7:30-11:00 pm
Cost: $12/ BIFD members; $15 non-members
Location: The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO, 80303
Contact: Jane: 720 500 FOLK - president@boulderfolkdancers.org, or Susan: 303 880 3409 -

The well known Bulgarian band, Bulgarika, will be playing for one night in Boulder at The Avalon.  Dancing at all levels, mostly Bulgarian.  Always included are easy dances.  Please bring snacks to share, and beverages if you wish and join us for a very special evening of music and dance.

Sponsored in part by a grant from the Boulder International Folk Dancers, Alex "Tink" Wilson Legacy Fund  established in cooperation with the Wilson Family in support of folklife programs.

Saturday October 8th 2016
Wild Goose Masquerade Ball with Friends of Traditional Dance
Ballroom Dance, 8pm, doors open 7:30
Cost: $25 thru Oct 1, $30 at door, $5 student
Location: The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO, 80303
Contact: Shelley Kerr: 970-566-3298 - shelleykerr55@gmail.com, or Pat Sulik: 970-980-5957 - plsulik@aol.com
Buy tickets at the door (cash, check or charge) or use Paypal at http://www.wildballs.dance

Friends of Traditional Dance presents The Wild Goose Masquerade Ball! This is our 64th “Wild” ball—a long standing and wonderful tradition. The Mostly Strauss Orchestra (Denver Pop Orchestra) will play waltzes and polkas by Strauss, Shostakovich as well as down-to-earth 20th century dances by Mancini, Leroy Anderson and Duke Ellington. NEW!! We are introducing a theme this fall...PHANTOM OF THE OPERA! Think of this as you are putting together your costumes. Costume Awards!! Doors open at 7:30pm, the Grand March is at 8, dancing until 11:30. Attire is formal/semi-formal/ethinic/theme.Refreshments!

Sunday October 9th 2016
Tea Dance with Live Music with American Vernacular Dance
Ballroom Dance, 1 to 5 PM
Cost: $15 general admission; $10 students
Location: The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO, 80303
Contact: Jim X. Borzym: 720-317-3946 - , or : -

 Please join us for waltzes, foxtrots, tangos, swing and other couples dances on Sunday afternoon in the Avalon Ballroom. April 10, 2016 will feature live music by Susan Rogers' "Exuberant Quartet"! General dance lesson at 1 PM. All welcome. No partner needed. New dancers welcome!

See our "American Vernacular Dance" Facebook page, and if your do, please "like" us!

Saturday October 15th 2016
Swing Dance with Flatirons Jazz Orchestra with American Vernacular Dance
Swing Dance, 7 PM lesson, 8 - 11 PM dance
Cost: $15 general; $10 students; volunteers $0
Location: The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO, 80303
Contact: Jim X. Borzym: 720-317-3946 - avd@columbine.net, or : -

This is a relatively new but excellent full-on big band with a terrific vocalist. Very well received in their first two appearances at Avalon in 2016. We are delighted to have them back!

If you haven't been to one of our swing dances before, you will enjoy the large cushioned dance floor and the excellent sound system. We always provide a lesson that helps get newcomers started, gives tips and tricks to more experienced dancers, and  gives you a chance to meet people before the dance itself begins. We provide light snacks and punch; other snacks and beverages are BYO. There are tables, but seating is open. We hope you will find us a friendly group, and that you will want to return often. Volunteers are welcome, also youngsters and dancers of all levels of ability. You can sign up for notices of upcoming events.

Please join us!

Sunday October 16th 2016
Story & Music: Mark Twain's America with Storysmith
-- Performance, 2:00 PM
Cost: $15
Location: The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO, 80303
Contact: Susan Marie Frontczak: 303-442-4052 - susanmarie@storysmith.org, or : -

Revel in a panoply of traditional American tunes spanning Twain’s years 1835 to 1910 – Stephen Foster Civil War songs, Victorian dance tunes, Scots and Irish immigrant dance tunes and airs, African-American spirituals, and ragtime – interspersed with narrative gold nuggets from Twain’s funny side, and his contemporaries’ tales of heartache, humor, suspense, and love.

Pianist Jacqueline Schwab plays “gorgeously spare piano” (The Boston Globe) yet “sounds as if she has an orchestra at her ngertips” (Sing Out). Weaving improvised folk, classical, and dance sounds into her musical storytelling, she has performed on over a dozen of Ken Burns’ PBS documentary sound tracks (Grammy-winning Civil War, Baseball, Mark Twain, Lewis and Clark, The National Parks). She has performed at President Clinton’s White House, and accompanied Scottish singer Jean Redpath on A Prairie Home Companion and the David Letterman show.

Susan Marie Frontczak’s storytelling career has grown out of her love of literature and history. Susan Marie’s stories have taken her to thirty-nine of the United States and abroad. “We were spellbound by the virtuosity of her voice and gesture, intellectual challenge and emotional involvement.” –Dr. Bowles, Theater Chair, CU Denver. Her Storysmith® motto: “Give me a place to stand, and I will take you somewhere else.”

Saturday October 29th 2016
Fifth Saturday Swing Dance with with American Vernacular Dance
Swing Dance, 7 PM lesson; dancing 8 to 11:00 PM
Cost: $15 per person; $10 students
Location: The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO, 80303
Contact: Jim X. Borzym: 720-317-3946 - avd@columbine.net, or : -

Halloween Night Swing Dance Party with Bob Harris and "The Bringers of Swing"!

This will be a costumed and masquerade event, so start to figure out your spooky or otherwise spectacular dance garb and join us! Prizes for best costumes! Masks, outfits, characters, goofy, historic, scandalous, sophisticated, outrageous --- you do it and we will lap it up. Please join us!

Work Parties

We are still underway with renovations at the VAC Avalon building and would like your help. There is still much work to be done before everything is completed. We hope you will help us in the upcoming months.

Click here for information on the work parties.

The Ballroom can be leased for private dances, parties and classes

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Please go towww.boulderdancecoalition.orgfor information on participatory events hosted by Boulder Dance Coalition groups and others.


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