Dance Events in Boulder, Colorado
(See each organization’s website for additional events not listed below.)
The Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road, hosts a variety of dance events every day of the week year-round, hosted by a variety of dance groups. There’s a large, cushioned dance floor, and most events include a lesson. Ongoing events include Zumba, tango, salsa and waltz; some are listed below and the rest can be found at www.avalonevents.org.
Mondays: Scandinavian Monday Night Dance, 7:30-10pm
2nd, 4th & 5th Wednesdays: Waltzing and Couples Dancing, 8-10:15pm; lesson 7pm
3rd & 5th Saturdays: Swing Dance Monthly with live music, 8-11pm; lesson 7pm
Blue Moon Dance Company
Oct. 21-22: “Collide” is a contemporary dance performance in conjunction with the Louisville Vocal Jazz Project. 8pm at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. Find ticket info and more details at www.bluemoondancecompany.com.
Boulder Ballet: The Nutcracker
November, TBA: Boulder Ballet performs the classic “The Nutcracker” each holiday season, twice with the Boulder Philharmonic and twice with the Longmont Symphony. Boulder performances are at CU’s Macky Auditorium; Longmont performances are at Vance Brand Civic Auditorium. See www.boulderballet.org for updated details.
Boulder Swing Dance: “Flatiron Stomp”
Mondays: Weekly swing dance lessons are open to everyone; start the monthlong series on the first Monday of any month. Level 1.5 & Team, 7-8pm; Level 1 & 2, 8-9pm; then open dancing until 11pm. Kakes Studio, 2115 Pearl St. www.boulderswingdance.com.
Boulder Tango Festival
Oct. 5-8: Three-day festival features world-renowned performers and teachers, plus vendors, Argentinean food and wine, and open dances. The studio is inside the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road.www.bouldertangostudio.com.
Cindy Brandle Dance Company
Oct. 27-28: Boulder-based company presents a fall performance called “CBDC and Friends” at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. Find times and more details at www.cindybrandledance.com.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble
Sept. 17: CPRDE presents “Romeo and Juliet,” set to the timeless Prokofiev score, plus an excerpt from George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” 7:30pm at Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road. www.chautauqua.com.
Colorado Ballet’s main performances are at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1385 Curtis St. Find ticket information for the performances listed below at www.coloradoballet.org.
Oct. 6-15: Dracula
Nov. 25-Dec. 24: The Nutcracker
Colorado Conservatory of Dance
CCD performs at a variety of Denver and north-metro venues; learn about upcoming performances at www.ccdance.org.
CU Presents: Martha Graham Dance
Oct. 5: The provocative, boundary-pushing legacy of one of history’s greatest dancers lives on in her award-winning troupe. 7:30pm at CU’s Macky Auditorium; ticket info at www.cupresents.org. See separate listing for the University of Colorado Department of Theatre and Dance.
Dance Bridge: “Dance Is for Every Body!” Showcase
Nov. 4-5 & 18: Annual free dance showcases offer mini classes, performances, works-in-progress, lectures and demonstrations for all ages, with the purpose of educating the community about all of the dance opportunities in the county. Performances are at different branches of Boulder Public Library, as listed below. Dance Bridge, a project of the Boulder Arts Commission, also lists classes, companies, workshops, festivals, grant and audition info, and upcoming events on its website. Sign up for the newsletter to stay updated. 303-441-4391; www.artsresource.org/dance-bridge.
Nov. 4: 11am-5pm (Main Branch)
Nov. 5: 1-5pm (Main Branch)
Nov. 18: 11am-noon (Reynolds Branch); 2-3pm (Meadows Branch)
Danceophile Studio, 250 31st St., hosts a variety of dance events, including Folk Dancing on the Plaza (see separate listing), ballroom dance evenings, wedding-dance prep and other dance lessons. www.danceophile.com.
Dances of Universal Peace
2nd & 4th Fridays: Weekly public dances connect people who value tolerance, peace and the sacredness of life. Boulder dances are at 7:15pm at Community United Church of Christ, 2650 Table Mesa Drive. www.dup-co.com.
Danse Etoile’s performances are intended to give passionate dancers, musicians and actors the opportunity to perform and educate others about what they love most. For information about upcoming performances in Boulder, visit www.danseetoile.org for details.
Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Festival
Nov. 10-12: Frequent Flyers’ professional company presents a new show of high-flying aerial dance at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. The company also offers classes and training for all levels; check www.frequentflyers.org.
Illuminar Aerial Dance
Illuminar’s aerial dance performances are normally at The Performing Arts Complex at PCS, 1001 W. 84th Ave., Denver. Check www.illuminaraerial.com for upcoming shows.
1940s & 50s White Christmas Ball
Dec. 2: This annual nostalgic holiday party, now in its eighth year, features a canopy of festive lights, vintage WWII planes and other vehicles, decorated trees, live music, reenactments from the classic movie “White Christmas,” and hours of dancing. Purchase tickets early, as this event usually sells out. 5pm at Hyatt Regency Downtown Denver Convention Center, 650 15th St., Denver. www.1940sball.org
René Heredia’s Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre
Sept. 9, 23 & Oct. 14: Famed flamenco guitarist and dancer René Heredia presents dance performances at three metro-area venues. www.reneheredia.com.
Reverence Academy of Dance
Find fall/winter performance details at www.reverenceacademyofdance.com.
Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema
See listing under Arts Events/Film.
Scandinavian Fifth Saturday Bygdedans
Sept. 30: Whenever a month contains a fifth Saturday, it’s time for a Scandinavian dance, with a wide range of Swedish and Norwegian dances for all levels. 8-10:30pm in Sodal Hall at the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road. www.boulderdancecoalition.org.
Schiff Dance Collective
See www.schiffdance.com for news about upcoming performances.
3rd Law Dance/Theater
Nov. 18-19 & Dec. 1-3: 3rd Law’s first concert of the season, “Lost in Place,” is a new production showcasing company dancers exploring the theme of the loss of “sense of place,” focusing on the clashes of migration, culture and spirituality plaguing the world. At Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. The troupe also offers classes and workshops, including twice-weekly therapeutic sessions in Boulder called Dance for Parkinson’s. www.3rdlaw.org.
University of Colorado Department of Dance
Sept. 22-24: “(UN)W.R.A.P.: Dance Cinema” is a weekend-long performance event that answers the question, “What is dance cinema, and how has it evolved?” Includes film screeings, live multimedia performances and interactive panels with filmmakers, performers and scholars. Learn more about this and the concerts listed below at www.colorado.edu/theatredance.com.
Oct. 20-22: Taking UP Space, MFA concert
Nov. 10-12: “Parallax,” MFA concert
Oct. 13-15 & 21-22: “Celestial Navigation” features bodies in motion, “colliding in the lavender vortex of lunar flights and lustful tides.” It’s performed in concert with the Ian Cooke Band at two Denver-area venues. www.wonderbound.com.
Zikr Dance Ensemble
Details about this Boulder-based troupe’s new season were not available at press time; for updates, check www.zikrdance.com.