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Swing w/ Live Music – The Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra

December 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

| $18 / $10 Students

Dancing to live music 8:00 to 11:00 PM. Dance music during intermissions by DJ Frank Vernon.

Two swing dance classes 7:00 PM included. Suitable for all dancers.

Always the best bands!


21 December 2019

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 they have 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 these recordings 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 Hot 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. You can feel that energy!

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


Admission: $18 per person general; $10 students with I.D.; volunteers free.
Children $10 only with responsible adult in charge.
Cash or check at the door.
No reservations required.

Light snacks provided. There is a coat room.

All ages welcome. No partner or dance experience required.

Two simultaneous dance classes.
Introductory level swing in the North Lobby.
Intermediate level swing in the Ballroom.
Sign up on the AVD mailing list to obtain notices of specific dance topics, special guest instructors, and other event-specific information.

Please wear non-marking shoes. Dress to express yourself! Casual is fine; dressing up is also great.

The Avalon Ballroom is Colorado’s premier social dance venue, with a large cushioned oak dance floor, excellent audio, and smooth acoustics.

We are known for our welcoming attitude and community spirit.
Gender-balance tends to be quite good.

For weather and other scheduling alerts see the Event Calendar; we rarely cancel a swing dance due to weather.

To be added to the AVD email notification system (for special events and the occasional known cancellations), please send query to avd@columbine.net.

The third Saturday swing dances mainly feature classic, big-band-era styled orchestras and their modern offshoots.
The fifth Saturday swing dances generally feature dance bands of somewhat different styles, but still swing.
Our dances focus mostly on what is generally called six-count swing, not heavily oriented towards lindy-swing.
Our bands generally also play a few dance numbers each evening in other couples-dance styles; cha-cha-cha, waltz, ballads, rumba, and etcetera.

Volunteers welcome.

This swing series is sponsored by American Vernacular Dance, a member group of the Boulder Dance Coalition.




2019 Schedule of Bands

Jan 19 – The Crystal Swing Big Band

Feb 16 – The Flatirons Jazz Orchestra Featuring Deborah Stafford

Mar 16 – Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles

Mar 30 – Your Father’s Mustache Band

April 20 – The After Midnight Jazz Band

May  18 – The Colorado Swing Big Band


Jun 29 – The Neil Bridge 7+ Ensemble with Karen Lee Bridge

Jul 20 – Don Elwood’s Big Band

Aug 17 – Bob Harris and The Bringers of Swing


Sep 21 – Swing City

Oct 19 – The After Midnight Jazz Band

Nov 16 – William and the Romantics

Nov 30 – Dixie Leadfoot and The Chrome Struts

Dec 21 – The Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra

Dec 31 New Years Eve – Bob Harris and After Midnight


Date: December 21, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cost: $18 / $10 Students
Event Category:


American Vernacular Dance


Jim Borzym


Type of Dance


The Avalon, Ballroom
6185 Arapahoe Rd
Boulder, CO 80303 United States
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