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Saturday Swing with with   American Vernacular Dance

Date:   Saturday December 15th 2018
Time:   7 PM dance lesson; live music for dancing 8 PM to
Event:   Swing Dance
Cost:   $15 general admission; $10 students
Location:  The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO, 80303
Contact:   Jim X. Borzym: 720-317-3946 - , or : -

Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles Jazz Band is a Denver-based vintage jazz band dedicated to swing music and dance. This small group style swing band packs a punch of power, personality, and wit into each show, intriguing generations new and old with the beloved charm of big band swing from the late 30’s and early 40’s. The Pickles bring it all – high energy, quality musicianship, and an authentic big band sound and look that celebrate the unique American spirit of swing. The band fuses musical influences from the sounds of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw with the showmanship of Louis Armstrong, Lucky Millinder, and Jimmy Lunceford. With a smart respect for the preservation of vintage jazz music and entertainment, the Pickles are constantly adding new and original tunes to their repertoire. They bring a unique visual flair to each performance with gimmicks, tricks, horn movements, and hat work inspired to captivate audiences all night long.

Please join us for what will not doubt be a remarkable evening!

Dance lesson at 7 PM. Beginners and experienced dancers all welcome.

Live music 8 to 11 PM.

$15 general admission, cash or check at the door. All ages.

Swing Dance - Mama's Stew and Advanced Swing Rueda with   Art and Becky Bragg

Date:   Saturday December 15th 2018
Time:   1:00 - 3:30 pm
Event:   Swing Lesson
Cost:   $8 per class, $14 for two classes
Location:  The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO, 80303
Contact:   Art Bragg: - info@swingcircleboulder.com, or : -

Mama’s Stew

Saturday, December 15th from 1-2:15 PM

Mama’s Stew is a vintage choreography used by Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers to warm up before practicing their routines.  The routine ’stews’ basic jazz moves together to create a super-fun line dance. Come join the fun and put some flavor in your dancing! No dance experience required!

Advanced Swing Rueda

Saturday, December 15th from 2:15-3:30 PM

This class will build on the basic moves of Swing Rueda, integrating new variations into Amoeba, Charleston and more. If you know basic Swing Rueda moves (open break, in/outside turn, reverse, dame, Charleston, Amoeba) you are ready to add Texas Tommy, Stop Texas, Boogie, Charleston Dame, Charleston Slide and more to your Swing Rueda repertoire!

All classes held at the Avalon Ballroom (North Lobby). 6185 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder

If you have any questions about class content or levels, contact us at info@SwingCircleBoulder.com

Tea Dance with Live Music with   American Vernacular Dance

Date:   Sunday December 9th 2018
Time:   1 to 5 PM
Event:   Ballroom Dance
Cost:   $15 general admission; $10 students
Location:  The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO, 80303
Contact:   Jim X. Borzym: 720-317-3946 - , or : -

Our dance this afternoon will feature the premier performance at Avalon of the band Swing St. Vrain. Here is the way they describe themselves:

"Swing St. Vrain is a gypsy jazz ensemble based in Longmont, Colorado. Formerly known as The Hot Club of Boulder, SSV plays "le jazz hot" in style of Django Reinhardt. The group draws material from a broad variety of sources, including Latin, choro, klezmer, and carefully selected pop tunes that fit into its overall sound. Instrumentation includes Selmer and DiMauro style guitars, archtop jazz guitars, mandolin, Greek bouzouki, tenor banjo, violin, upright bass, male and female vocals in English, French, Spanish, and Yiddish. As The Hot Club of Boulder we produced three gypsy jazz festivals in Longmont, Colorado, played the Longmont Jazz Festival several times, and appeared at the first Djangofest Colorado in Crested Butte. "


Kaila Fluss - vocals

Holly Harwig - harmony vocals, percussion

Barron Beshoar - solo guitar, mandolin, vocals, band leader

Wayne Vandenberg - rhythm guitar

Ryne Meese - bass

Dance lesson at 1 PM. Open dancing to live music 2 to 5 PM. DJ'd music during intermissions.

$15 general admission, cash or check at the door. Dance lesson and light refreshments included. All ages.

Boulder Contras and Waltzes with   Colorado Friends of Old Time Music and Dance

Date:   Friday November 30th 2018
Time:   8-11pm (7:30pm Contra lesson)
Event:   Contra Dance
Cost:   $10 general, $8 members, $5 students
Location:  The Avalon, 6185 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO, 80303
Contact:  Viki Lawrence: 303-913-2534 - waltznight@cfootmad.org, or Paul: 970-353-6340 -

 An evening mix of contras and waltzes.  Contra dancing is participatory American folk dancing — vigorous and enthusiastic. Contra dances feature “live music” every time — Irish fiddle music, Old Time fiddle music or some “wild derivation.” Fun and easy to do, each dance is taught before the music begins.   All are welcome, and no partner is needed.

 Caller - Helle Hill; Band - Balance & Swing; 7:30 p.m. Contra lesson