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Swing w/ Live Music – Neil Bridge Ensemble – Birthday!

June 29, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

| $15 / $10 Students

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

Swing dance class 7:00 PM included. Suitable for all dancers.

Always the best bands!

The Neil Bridge 7+ Ensemble Featuring Karen Lee Bridge
The Neil Bridge Ensemble plays for our swing dance series every year. They are a seven-piece combo featuring Neil Bridge on piano, and Karen Lee Bridge vocalizing.

Neil Bridge is a jazz piano player of local fame, composer, arranger, and band-leader. Neil has written over 200 musical arrangements for this band. Due to his work as a former music educator with the Denver Public Schools, there is a room dedicated to Neil at the Denver School for the Arts. Neil created and directed the first Denver City Wide High School Jazz Combo. He and his students received the prestigious Downbeat Award for best High School Jazz Combo in the United States.

Karen Lee is currently fulfilling her passion for singing with her husband.  She writes that her dreams came true when she began to sing professionally. Her works include songs from “The Great American Songbook”, with arrangements by her husband.

Karen Lee is the third-generation of her family in the entertainment industry. For 50 years Karen’s grandfather promoted shows in Scranton, Pennsylvania, bringing big-name entertainment to eager fans. He started out by running 25-cent dances in the 1920s.

The Neil Bridge Ensemble with Karen Lee Bridge is a very danceable band with lots of swing numbers and a fine variety of other couples dances. High energy, fine rhythm, novel arrangements, great vocals – always a treat. Please join us!


Admission: $15 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.

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 Strutsw

Dec 21 – The Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra

Dec 31 New Years Eve – Joe Smith and After Midnight


Date: June 29, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cost: $15 / $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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