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Swing w/ Live Music – Sweetheart Ball

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

| $18 / $10 Students

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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!


The Flatirons Jazz Orchestra
Featuring Deborah Stafford

This is a full-on, seventeen member big band lead by “Sticks” Wilson on the trap set. Classic, energetic, steady and powerful right through the end of the night. All the classics from the Big-Band-Era and a clean, driving sound. Deborah Stafford is excellent with vocal emanations that rouse and satisfy.

Expect some cross-over from other dance circles, and do the Shim-Sham with Tuxedo Junction in the second set. This is a band you can depend upon for great music for swing dancing. They have been playing the Dickens Opera House, the Buffalo Rose, The Longmont Jazz Fest, and the WWII Balls. I would say that Sticks is the hardest-working swing band leader in the Front Range.

This dance party – on the night after Valentine’s Day – will also have a “Sweetheart” theme, mostly reflected in the songs. Do not fret if you do not arrive with a date. This is a mixed crowd with lots of mingling and socializing. All welcome: couples, singles, groups, young, older, beginner dancers and experts.

Flatirons is a most favored swing orchestra at the Avalon Ballroom – with the largest cushioned dance floor in Colorado! I’m excited about this next appearance of this orchestra on the big Avalon stage, with our grand piano and excellent audio. Please join us!



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.
(Protect your valuables; leave them home!)
There is a lost-and-found at The Avalon.

All ages welcome. No partner or dance experience required.

Two swing dance classes:
Introductory Swing in the North Lobby.
Taught by Art and Becky Bragg and sometimes others.
Intermediate Swing in The Ballroom.
Taught by Jim & Susie and sometimes others.

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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.




2020 Schedule of Bands

Jan 18 – Swing City

Feb 16 – The Flatirons Jazz Orchestra Featuring Deborah Stafford

Feb 30 – La Pompe

Mar  & Etc. – To Be Announced


Date: February 15
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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