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Sociable couple-dancing including waltz, foxtrot, swing, tango, close-dancing, and “Etcetera”! If you like good music, lead/follow social dancing and a very good dance environment, please sample our events. Newcomers welcome! No partner required!

WE HOST FOUR EVENT SERIES AT THE AVALON BALLROOM. FIFTY-FOUR EVENTS PER YEAR! THEY ARE:

  1. Waltzing and Couples Dancing – Second, Fourth, and Fifth Wednesdays! One-hour instruction in two separate, simultaneous classes; either beginner waltz in the north hall (every 2nd and 4th Wednesday) or take an intermediate level dance class in another topic such as cross-step waltz, foxtrot, two-step, tango, two-step, hesitation, blues, etc.
  2. Swing Dancing to Live Music – Third and Fifth Saturdays at the Avalon! One-hour instruction then live music by the best local bands!
  3. “Tea Dancing” at the Avalon with Live Orchestras – Second Sundays. Dance instruction, then vintage ballroom dancing to live music. Dressy attire. Waltz, foxtrot, tango, two-step and ragtime dances. Couples and singles welcome. Featuring the Mont Alto Ragtime and Tango Orchestra and Susan Rogers’ Exuberant Quartet. September through May (no summer dances).
  4. New Years Eve Dance Party! Live music in the ballroom with Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles, and the After Midnight Jazz Band. Salsa in Sodal Hall. Bachata in the Tango Studio. Great food by Halina Palmer. Performances by vintage dance troupe “Watch Your Step” and others. Champagne toast at midnight. Loads of fun! A longtime Front Range tradition!

Volunteers and co-collaborators welcome!

American Vernacular Dance (AVD) hosts the monthly swing dances, vintage ballroom “Tea Dances”, and Wednesday Waltz Etcetera nights at the Avalon Ballroom. AVD hosted the 2017 New Year’s Eve Party at the Avalon, which was the largest single public event held at the Avalon so far in its fourteen-year history.

Dance instructor and dance historian – Jim X. Borzym – teaches couple dances, performs vintage dance, and hosts social events with live music. Jim X. is available for private dance lessons, unique dance and music functions, and special dance projects. Musical interests include piano, concertina and song; ragtime, and syncopated popular music. Jim is a member of the Board of Directors of the Boulder Dance Coalition.

Waltz, foxtrot, swing, tango and more! AVD hosts monthly swing dances with live music, vintage ballroom tea dances w/ live music, Wednesday Waltz Etc., and the New Years Eve Party at Avalon Ballroom!

Contact Information

Contact: 

Jim Borzym

720-317-3946

avd@columbine.net

Sep 2019

Date:
Saturday September 21st 2019
Time:
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Event:
Swing
Cost:
$15 / $10 Students
Location:
The Avalon, Ballroom
6185 Arapahoe Rd
Boulder, CO 80303 United States

This is one of our classic local “little” Big Bands. Led by trumpeter Dave McLoughlin, this is the band that lead off our swing series in 2005. Always a treat. Jan McLoughlin contributes beautiful vocal work. The entire band is ultra-connected. They even party together! Do join us. A wonderful band and it will be a swell night. I look forward to seeing you there! +++++ Dancing to live music 8:00 to 11:00 PM. Dance music during intermissions by DJ…

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Date:
Wednesday September 25th 2019
Time:
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Event:
Ballroom, Latin, Other, Swing, Tango, Waltz
Cost:
$7
Location:
The Avalon, Ballroom
6185 Arapahoe Rd
Boulder, CO 80303 United States

Contact:
Jim Borzym: 720-317-3946 - avd@columbine.net

Waltzing and Couples Dancing! Waltz, cross-step waltz, foxtrot, two-step, tango, one-step, hesitation, blues, etc. Two simultaneous one-hour dance classes; beginner waltz in the North Hall (every 2nd and 4th Wednesday) or take an intermediate level dance class in the Ballroom. (No intro class on fifth Wednesdays.) Special theme parties most fifth Wednesdays. Sign up for event notifications: avd@columbine.net.

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Oct 2019

Date:
Sunday October 13th 2019
Time:
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Event:
Ballroom, Tango, Waltz
Cost:
$15
Location:
The Avalon, Ballroom
6185 Arapahoe Rd
Boulder, CO 80303 United States

Contact:
Jim Borzym: 720-317-3946 - avd@columbine.net

"Vintage" ballroom dancing to great live music at the Sunday afternoon Ragtime-Era Tea Dances. Waltz, tango, foxtrot, one-step, blues, two-step, Charleston, early swing, maxixe and half-and-half are among the couple dances we enjoy at the "Tea Dances". Live music by the Mont Alto Ragtime and Tango Orchestra with vocalist Susan Rogers, or Susan Rogers' Exuberant Quartet, and occasionally other great local bands. The dance lesson and lovely light refreshments are included in your admission price. The lesson is always aimed…

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Date:
Saturday October 19th 2019
Time:
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Event:
Swing
Cost:
$15 / $10 Students
Location:
The Avalon, Ballroom
6185 Arapahoe Rd
Boulder, CO 80303 United States

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! 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…

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Date:
Wednesday October 30th 2019
Time:
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Event:
Ballroom, Latin, Other, Swing, Tango, Waltz
Cost:
$7
Location:
The Avalon, Ballroom
6185 Arapahoe Rd
Boulder, CO 80303 United States

Contact:
Jim Borzym: 720-317-3946 - avd@columbine.net

Halloween Costume Party and Dance Celebration! Please join us – in costume – for a fun dance party. No lessons this night. Dancing will start at 7 PM. Prizes for best costumes. Waltzing and Couples Dancing! Waltz, cross-step waltz, foxtrot, two-step, tango, one-step, hesitation, blues, etc. Special theme parties most fifth Wednesdays. Sign up for event notifications: avd@columbine.net.

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Dec 2019

Date:
Tuesday December 31st 2019
Time:
7:00 PM - 1:30 AM
Event:
Other, Salsa, Swing
Cost:
$40 / $45 / $50
Location:
The Avalon, Ballroom
6185 Arapahoe Rd
Boulder, CO 80303 United States

New Years Eve Party Please Join Us ! Tuesday, 31 December 2019   Many, many of you have joined us for our last few New Years Eve parties and they have been amazing! Ring in the New Year in Style – with Music and Friends! The Avalon Ballroom in Boulder, Colorado. The LARGEST Social Dance Event of the year! Tickets available in advance at www.dancelaughlove.com (Ticket sales have not yet begun as of March 2019.) Or at the door by…

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