Swing Dance Avalon Ballroom

Alex (Tink) Wilson Legacy Fund (AWLF) presents:

A live-streamed concert and a live in-person dance evening with

ESPRESSO! Gypsy Jazz and American Swing

Saturday, June 12, 7 pm

Alex’s Virtual Folk Arts Series

Espresso! plays fiery Gypsy Jazz and American Swing in & around Boulder, Colorado.

Upbeat, classy music and fabulous dancing.


Espresso! plays at the Avalon Saturday, June 12

Duane Webster (bass). Bill Pontarelli (clarinet), Emily Reynolds (guitar), Jordan Ramsey (mandolin)

We’re excited to present two ways to enjoy this fabulous concert/dance party: live-streamed on YouTube AND live and in-person at the Avalon—both on Saturday, June 12, at 7 pm!

  • To attend the live, in-person dance, come to the Avalon Ballroom at 6185 Arapahoe in Boulder on June 12. The dance goes from 7 to 9:30 pm. Join us! Details: This is a “vaccinated dancer” event. Vaccination required for admission. Minimum $5 donation per dancer suggested. Masks are not needed on the dance floor, but are required in common areas (including bathrooms) of the Avalon (Avalon policy). Bring dance shoes that won’t leave marks on the wonderful sprung hardwood floor. No pre-registration needed. Volunteer help needed: door, set-up, take-down… Contact Tom below
  • To watch and listen on YouTube, please register in advance at this link. The livestream is free. You’ll receive a confirmation email with a link to the concert, which will be from 7 to 8 pm (one hour only) on June 12.

More info:  tom.masterson@colorado.edu  303 499-6363

​Alex (Tink) Wilson was a long-time dancer, singer, storyteller, and promoter of folk life events in the Boulder area and throughout Colorado. The Alex Wilson Legacy Fund is a Boulder-based non-profit organization that promotes and supports participatory dance, music, story and other folk arts in Colorado and the nation.

Saturday Swing Dance Classes with Swing Circle Boulder

Saturday Swing Dance Classes in January at the Avalon Ballroom

With Art and Becky Bragg

Four-week progressive class – January 4, 11, 18, 25
Lindy Hop Crash Course 2:00 – 2:30pm
Beginning Swing Rueda 2:30 – 3:45pm

Swing Line Dance classes 3:45-5:00pm
Shim-Sham – January 4
Mama’s Stew – January 11
Tranky Doo (two-week progressive class) – January 18 & 25

$10 per class or $35 for a four week series, $15 for the two week series
Lindy Hop Crash Course FREE with Swing Rueda Class

Come join us for these really really fun community swing dances!

About the Classes

Swing Rueda
This fun community dance based on the Lindy Hop has couples exchanging partners in unison following called moves.
If you do not know the basic Lindy swing out, then come to our Lindy Hop crash course right before the Swing Rueda class.

Lindy Hop Crash Course
For those taking the Swing Rueda class who don’t know the Lindy Hop, this course will teach you the basic steps of the Lindy Hop so you can easily join our Swing Rueda class!

Shim Sham
The Shim Sham is a classic swing line dance from the 1930s and danced at swing dances around the world! Come join in as we dance the Shim Sham at the Avalon swing dances!

Mama’s Stew
A face-paced, easy to learn jazz step warm up routine used by Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers to warm up before practicing their routine. It is named after the famous Mama Lu Parks who danced it with her ‘Parkets’. Come dance the Stew at our Avalon swing dances!

Tranky Doo
One of the original swing-era jazz routines created by Frankie Manning for his Cangaroos Dance troop and named in tribute to the chorus girl who’s signature move inspired it.

By the Way!

New Year’s Eve – I’ll be playing a dance set on the piano from 7:00 to 7:30 PM at the New Year’s Eve Dance at The Avalon!