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The Avalon Ballroom, Boulder's Social Dance Venue

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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.
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SPECIAL EVENTS within the next 30 days:

Saturday November 17th 2018
Shim-Sham lesson with Art and Becky Bragg
Swing Lesson, 7:00pm -- 8:00pm
Cost: Free!
Location: The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO, 80303
Contact: Art Bragg: - info@swingcircleboulder.com, or : -


Saturday, November 17th from 7- 8:00 PM

The Shim-Sham is the classic swing line-dance from the 1930’s danced at swing dances all around the world, and at all our swing dances in the Boulder-Denver area. Come learn this fun dance with us, and then dance it later the same evening at the Third Saturday Swing Dance at the Avalon!

Shim-Sham lesson included with admission to the dance!

Saturday November 17th 2018
Swing with Hot Tomatoes with American Vernacular Dance
Swing Dance, 7 to 11 PM
Cost: $15; $10 Students; Volunteers Free!
Location: The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO, 80303
Contact: Jim X. Borzym: 720-317-3946 - avd@columbine.net, or : -

The Hot Tomatoes are the Denver area's longest lasting swing dance orchestra. Founded by pianist Ron Cope in 1982 this group has changed personnel over the years, but has maintained its wonderful sound and many wonderful arrangements. (More detailed information below.) I feature the Hot Tomatoes at least once a year, and in 2018 they will appear not only in their usual winter slot, but also this past spring. Hooray! Do please join us!

The evening will start with a general swing dance class at 7 PM. Suitable for beginners, it will give the basics, and then in the second half hour move into cool moves. A great way to get started and get acquainted! This month there will be a simultaneous Shim-Sham class offered in the north hall, also included in the price of admission.

The band will play from 8 to 11 PM, mostly swing, with a few foxtrots, slow numbers and waltzes. There will be recorded dance music during the two intermissions.

There are nice snacks included. The ballroom has a wonderful cushioned oak floor and a terrific audio system - not too loud! Adult beverages are BYO.

Singles, beginners, all welcome. We try to be a friendly and inclusive crowd.

American Vernacular Dance hosts over fifty dances a year at the Avalon Ballroom - swing, waltz, ballroom, vintage - and the New Years Eve gala party. Please do join us.

For more information: avd@columbine.net.

Thank you.

Jim X. Borzym


The Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra

Well, that is their official name, and yes they are technically a dance orchestra because they play so many kinds of dance tunes, but we can think of them as a Swing Dance Band. Because that’s what they do when they swing for our dances at the Avalon.

This is a “little big band” with nine professional musicians; three horns, three brass and three rhythm players; this tends to make the music very clear – every instrument can be heard. The Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra is the most venerable swing band in Colorado that has stayed at the top of the heap. Young players that were in the band when I first moved to Colorado have taken on the leadership of the band and other younger members have joined over the decades. They have issued at least seven music recordings over the years and they are all excellent.

When you have a band like this that has all top-flight musicians, the distinction of a band starts to depend more upon their ‘book’ – the collection of arrangements that they have amassed over many years. These arrangements are often unique to a particular band and showcase the particular instrumentation of that ensemble. These arrangements are often closely held for the band’s use only. The Tomatoes have had several excellent arrangers in their orchestra.

I book the Hot Tomatoes every year and it is always a treat to dance with them. These musicians routinely say that thing about playing for dancers – that the musicians get a lot of energy from seeing the happy dancers, and that energy rebounds off the stage back out to the floor. This band will have several public appearances in the last weeks of the year, including the White Christmas Ball in Denver, and the December gathering of the Denver Jazz Club.

This is a really great swing band, and I really hope you will join us for a great party!

Saturday November 17th 2018
Advanced Lindy-Hop and Swing Rueda Classes with Art and Becky Bragg
Swing Lesson, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Cost: $8 per class, $14 for two classes
Location: The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO, 80303
Contact: Art Bragg: - info@swingcircleboulder.com, or : -

Lindy-hop - 1:00 to 2:15 - continuing work on Tandem Charleston and Pancake, with quick review of previous classes.  This is designed for our continuing Lindy Class - others may join if they have Lindy experience.

Advanced Swing Rueda - 2:15 - 3:30 PM - Another chance to learn Becky's latest addtions to our Swing Rueda repertory - Texas Tommy, Texas Stop, Boogies, Traffic Jam, Charleston Dame, and more!  You should have some Rudea experience to join this class! 

Friday November 30th 2018
Boulder Contras and Waltzes with Colorado Friends of Old Time Music and Dance
Contra Dance, 8-11pm (7:30pm Contra lesson)
Cost: $10 general, $8 members, $5 students
Location: The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO, 80303
Contact: Viki Lawrence: 303-913-2534 - waltznight@cfootmad.org, or Paul: 970-353-6340 -

 An evening mix of contras and waltzes.  Contra dancing is participatory American folk dancing — vigorous and enthusiastic. Contra dances feature “live music” every time — Irish fiddle music, Old Time fiddle music or some “wild derivation.” Fun and easy to do, each dance is taught before the music begins.   All are welcome, and no partner is needed.

 Caller - Helle Hill; Band - Balance & Swing; 7:30 p.m. Contra lesson

Sunday December 9th 2018
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 : -

Our dance this afternoon will feature the premier performance at Avalon of the band Swing St. Vrain. Here is the way they describe themselves:

"Swing St. Vrain is a gypsy jazz ensemble based in Longmont, Colorado. Formerly known as The Hot Club of Boulder, SSV plays "le jazz hot" in style of Django Reinhardt. The group draws material from a broad variety of sources, including Latin, choro, klezmer, and carefully selected pop tunes that fit into its overall sound. Instrumentation includes Selmer and DiMauro style guitars, archtop jazz guitars, mandolin, Greek bouzouki, tenor banjo, violin, upright bass, male and female vocals in English, French, Spanish, and Yiddish. As The Hot Club of Boulder we produced three gypsy jazz festivals in Longmont, Colorado, played the Longmont Jazz Festival several times, and appeared at the first Djangofest Colorado in Crested Butte. "


Kaila Fluss - vocals

Holly Harwig - harmony vocals, percussion

Barron Beshoar - solo guitar, mandolin, vocals, band leader

Wayne Vandenberg - rhythm guitar

Ryne Meese - bass

Dance lesson at 1 PM. Open dancing to live music 2 to 5 PM. DJ'd music during intermissions.

$15 general admission, cash or check at the door. Dance lesson and light refreshments included. All ages.

Saturday December 15th 2018
Saturday Swing with with American Vernacular Dance
Swing Dance, 7 PM dance lesson; live music for dancing 8 PM to
Cost: $15 general admission; $10 students
Location: The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO, 80303
Contact: Jim X. Borzym: 720-317-3946 - , or : -

Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles Jazz Band is a Denver-based vintage jazz band dedicated to swing music and dance. This small group style swing band packs a punch of power, personality, and wit into each show, intriguing generations new and old with the beloved charm of big band swing from the late 30’s and early 40’s. The Pickles bring it all – high energy, quality musicianship, and an authentic big band sound and look that celebrate the unique American spirit of swing. The band fuses musical influences from the sounds of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw with the showmanship of Louis Armstrong, Lucky Millinder, and Jimmy Lunceford. With a smart respect for the preservation of vintage jazz music and entertainment, the Pickles are constantly adding new and original tunes to their repertoire. They bring a unique visual flair to each performance with gimmicks, tricks, horn movements, and hat work inspired to captivate audiences all night long.

Please join us for what will not doubt be a remarkable evening!

Dance lesson at 7 PM. Beginners and experienced dancers all welcome.

Live music 8 to 11 PM.

$15 general admission, cash or check at the door. All ages.

Saturday December 15th 2018
Swing Dance - Mama's Stew and Advanced Swing Rueda with Art and Becky Bragg
Swing Lesson, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
Cost: $8 per class, $14 for two classes
Location: The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO, 80303
Contact: Art Bragg: - info@swingcircleboulder.com, or : -

Mama’s Stew

Saturday, December 15th from 1-2:15 PM

Mama’s Stew is a vintage choreography used by Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers to warm up before practicing their routines.  The routine ’stews’ basic jazz moves together to create a super-fun line dance. Come join the fun and put some flavor in your dancing! No dance experience required!

Advanced Swing Rueda

Saturday, December 15th from 2:15-3:30 PM

This class will build on the basic moves of Swing Rueda, integrating new variations into Amoeba, Charleston and more. If you know basic Swing Rueda moves (open break, in/outside turn, reverse, dame, Charleston, Amoeba) you are ready to add Texas Tommy, Stop Texas, Boogie, Charleston Dame, Charleston Slide and more to your Swing Rueda repertoire!

All classes held at the Avalon Ballroom (North Lobby). 6185 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder

If you have any questions about class content or levels, contact us at info@SwingCircleBoulder.com

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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