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   American Vernacular Dance  |   Social Dancing


Sociable couple-dancing including waltz, foxtrot, swing, tango, close-dancing, "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. 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! Dancing 7 PM to 1:30 AM. Live music in the ballroom 8 PM to 1 AM with David Booker's Swingtet, and the After Midnight Jazz Band. DJ Nelson plays music for salsa in Sodal Hall from 8 PM to 1 AM. DJ Arias plays music for Bachata and Zouk in the Tango Studio 8 PM to 1:30 AM. Great food by Halina Palmer. Performances by vintage dance troupe "Watch Your Step", Desi Caliente, Cafe Con Leche 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 dance, vintage ballroom "Tea Dances", and Wednesday Waltz Etcetera nights at the Avalon Ballroom. AVD hosted the 2014 New Year's Eve Party at the Avalon, which was the largest single public event held at the Avalon so far in its ten-year history. 

Dance instructor and dance historian Jim X. Boryzm 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 Village Arts 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!


BDC Member: 
Yes


Contact: 
Jim X. Borzym
 
720-317-3946
 


Website: 


All events, both regular and special, for this group follow below:

Regular Event: Wednesday Waltz Etcetera - Ballroom Dance

When:
Second and Fourth and Fifth Wednesdays of every month

Time:  
7 PM lesson; dancing 8 to 10:15 PM


Where:
The Avalon Ballroom
 
6185 Arapahoe Rd
 
Boulder CO 80303
 


Cost: 
$7 per person w/ lessons and refreshment


Note:
DJ music by Frank Vernon!


Contact: 
Jim X. Borzym
720-317-3946



Description

Waltz, cross-step waltz, foxtrot, swing, blues, one-step, two-step, maxixe, tango, hambo -- and "etcetera".

Two dance classes simultaneously!

In our main dance lesson in the ballroom, the first half hour of the lesson is aimed at dancers with fundamental dance skills and covers basic techniques for the dance. The second half hour continues the same lesson topic and is intended to teach towards a more intermediate level of dance. Lessons have included cross-step waltz, nightclub two-step, foxtrot, lindy, fast waltz, blues, schottische, redowa, syncopated waltzing, tango, etc. Classes include partner rotation, but couples can stay together. Singles and couples welcome! Novice and experienced dancers welcome!

In the north studio we have a separate dance lesson focused on novice, beginner and easy-going dance students. This class always covers one of the basic waltz styles, either rotary waltz or cross-step waltz.

Open dancing from 8 PM to 10:15 PM includes a wide variety of dance numbers. Our audio stage system has a screen where you can see the name of the current dance and the ones coming up.

Dress is anywhere in the range of casual to dressy to vintage to costume to ... etcetera!

Your admission fee includes either lesson plus light refreshments and the open dancing. Hear the terrific Avalon audio system, enjoy the great hall acoustics, dance on our fabulous cushioned oak floor, and enjoy lovely company. 

Check this website for any change of event plans due to weather. Generally this event is held during snowy nights!

SPECIAL FIFTH WEDNESDAYS;  On fifth Wednesdays our dances have special dance, musical or artistic themes. Some involve costume opportunities. Some have live music. Some have special dance performances. Tune in to AVD email notices for information on these special theme parties. Note: we do not typically offer a separate beginner class on fifth Wednesdays.

Contact AVD to get on the email notice system.

Regular Event: Vintage Ballroom Dancing - Ballroom Dance

When:
Second Sundays of every month starting on Sunday December 10th 2017 through Sunday May 13th 2018

Time:  
1:00 PM lesson; dancing to live music 2 to 5 PM


Where:
The Avalon Ballroom
 
6185 Arapahoe Rd
 
Boulder CO 80303
 


Cost: 
$15 general; $10 students


Note:
Lessons start at 1:00 PM.


Contact: 
Jim X. Borzym
720-317-3946



Description

"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 at easy lead-follow dance skills to get you dancing comfortably and meeting other dancers.

No prior dance experience required. No partner needed. Second Sunday of the month, September through May (no summer dances).

"Vintage dance" means early styles of couples dancing, including those from the early American ballroom dance craze of the ragtime-era, which is roughly that sentimental period of 1909 through 1914.

Recommended dress is dressy; i.e. vintage, neo-vintage, contemporary fashionable, or otherwise clean and neat. No shorts or casual t-shirts for men.

The Tea Dances are conducted by American Vernacular Dance.

Contact AVD to request notices via the email alert system. Any weather-related cancellations will be posted on this VAC website.

 

Special Event: New Years Eve Dance Party - Swing / Sala / Bachata / Kizomba / Ballroom Dance

When:
Sunday December 31st 2017

Time:  
7:00 PM to 2:00 AM


Where:
The Avalon Ballroom
 
6185 Arapahoe Rd
 
Boulder CO 80303
 


Cost: 
$40 advance; $45 door, cash or credit


Note:
Live Music! Three floors! Dance performances! Fine Snacks and Refreshments!


More Information:


Contact: 
Jim X. Borzym
720-317-3946

Joseph Snowhawk
303-668-0473


Description


New Years Eve
Dance Party!

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!

Buy tickets in advance - check your name at the door and walk in!

Buy Tickets Here!

Ring in the New Year with an AMAZING night of friends, fun, food, and dancing to FABULOUS music in our fine Avalon Ballrooms. A long-time local tradition!

Swing, Ballroom, Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Zouk and more! – 3 Rooms of Great Music & Dancing!

DAVID BOOKER SWINGTET in the Ballroom 7:30 to 10:00 PM.

AFTER MIDNIGHT JAZZ BAND in the Ballroom 10:30 to 1:30 AM.

DANCE PERFORMANCES in the Ballroom at 10:00 PM.
Watch Your Step and others to be announced.

TERRIFIC COMPLEMENTARY REFRESHMENTS presented by Halina Palmer.

SALSA ROOM: DJ Nelson. Salsa Lesson by Joseph and Kasie at 7:15. Dancing until 2:00 AM.

BACHATA/ZOUK ROOM: DJ Arias. Bachata lesson by Subbu & Reid at 7:15 PM. Dancing until 1:30 AM.

DANCE LESSONS at 7:15 PM - Salsa and Batchata

WALTZING AND BALLROOM DANCE in the Ballroom 7 to 7:30 PM.

CASH BAR - benefits the Romanian American Freedom Alliance.

MIDNIGHT TOAST

 

COST:

$40 advance through 12/30 at 9:00 PM. Buy on line.

$45 at the door, cash or credit.

Please purchase your tickets on line in advance if you can!

Free parking.

HOURS:
Doors open at 7:00 PM.
(Please, no "early-birds". Access to the ballroom will begin at 7:00 PM to allow our staff to finish our set-up.)
Dancing ‘til 2:00 AM.

DRESS to IMPRESS!

LOCTATION:
The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, Colorado.

LODGING:

Want to stay in Boulder after the Ball? Here is a list of hotels that have published rates ranging from $73 to $144 (in increasing order)

Days Inn

Courtyard Boulder

Boulder Marriott

Millennium Harvest House

Homewood Suites

Hyatt Place

(We will soon post new hotels that will be opening soon in Boulder - Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn and Marriott Residence Inn.)

SPONSORS:
American Vernacular Dance and Snowhawk Productions – Members of the Boulder Dance Coalition

Many thanks to the Romanian American Freedom Alliance for hosting the cash bar.

Special thanks to Halina and Chuck Palmer

Special thanks to the Boulder Dance Coalition

YOUR HOSTS:
Jim X. Borzym, Joseph Snowhawk, and Halina Palmer.

Regular Event: Third and Fifth Saturday Swing - Swing Dance

When:
Third and Fifth Saturdays of every month through Monday December 31st 2018

Time:  
7 PM Lesson; 8 to 11 PM Dance


Where:
The Avalon Ballroom
 
6185 Arapahoe Rd
 
Boulder CO 80303
 


Cost: 
$15 General; $10 Students


Note:
Third and Fifth Saturdays!


Contact: 
Jim X. Borzym
720-317-3946



Description

Swing dancing with live music! Fist an hour-long swing dance lesson (7 - 8 PM) in the basics of swing dancing, plus lots of cool moves. Then open dancing from 8 to 11:00 PM with live music by a variety of local dance orchestras.

Bands include Swing City, the Hot Tomatoes, the After Midnight Jazz Sextet, the Flatirons Jazz Band, the 18-piece Colorado Swing Big Band, Bob Harris and the Bringers of Swing, Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles, Susan Roger's Exuberant Quartet, Gypsy Swing Review, The Crystal Swing Band, Katie Glassman and Snapshot, and others.

All welcome; couples and singles, beginners, all ages. Casual or party attire. A nice place to listen to live music, even if you don't dance!

The dance lesson and light refreshments included with your admission price.

A great place to practice, and to meet other dancers!

This Saturday Swing Event is very occasionally "bumped" from the Avalon calendar! (That's one way to keep our price really low!) Check this website for alerts on the calendar for possible cancellations. Also for weather comments. Contact AVD to get on the email alert notice system, by which detailed and timely announcements are made for AVD events. Confirm before you drive!