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; see the full schedule 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
Check www.bluemoondancecompany.com for news of upcoming performances.
Sept. 30: “FACES of Boulder Ballet” is a performance of new works choreographed and performed by company dancers. 4pm at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. See www.boulderballet.org for details.
Nov. 23-25 & Dec. 1-2: The Nutcracker (Boulder and Longmont performances)
Boulder Swing Dance
Weekly swing dance lessons on Monday evenings are open to everyone; start the monthlong series on the first Monday of any month. Kakes Studio, 2115 Pearl St. www.boulderswingdance.com.
Boulder Tango Festival
Oct. 4-7: Big and colorful three-day festival, now in its ninth year, features world-renowned tango performers and teachers, plus vendors, Argentinean food and wine, and open dances. At the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Ave. www.bouldertangostudio.com.
Nov. 2: Longmont’s annual Day of the Dead celebration includes this costume ball, now in its sixth year. It features food and drink specials, Azteca and Folkloric dancers, and an auction for Catrina paintings. 7pm-1am at the Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St. in Longmont. www.dickensoperahouse.com.
Centennial State Ballet
Sept. 29: The new season opens with “The Secret Garden,” based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett. 2pm & 7pm at the Stewart Auditorium at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road. www.centennialstateballet.org.
Nov. 24-25: The 16th Annual Sugar Plum Tea Party (fundraiser), Xilinx Retreat Center, Longmont
Save the Date: The Nutcracker, Dec. 21-23
Cindy Brandle Dance Company
Oct. 5-6: This dance company’s new season opens in October at Dairy Arts Center, but details weren’t available at press time, so check www.cindybrandledance.com for more info.
Oct. 5-14: Colorado Ballet’s new season begins with “Sleeping Beauty.” Check www.coloradoballet.org for ticket info.
Nov. 24-Dec. 24: The Nutracker
Oct. 5: NYC-based Jessica Lang Dance presents immersive works that celebrate the beauty of space, movement and music. At CU’s Macky Auditorium; find ticket info at www.cupresents.org.
Dance Bridge: “Dance Is for Every Body!” Showcase
Nov. 3-4: 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; check www.artsresource.org/dance-bridge for the full schedule. 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.
Oct. 20: “Celebrate Dance and Music 2018” is Danse Etoile’s annual showcase of new and classical works, including student pieces and guest musicians. 5pm at ArtsHUB, 420 Courtney Way, Lafayette. www.danseetoile.org
eTown Hall Movie Night
Sept. 9: eTown Hall presents “Isle of Dogs,” a stop-motion animated film about a group of dogs in a dystopian near-future Japan. 7pm at eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St.
Folk Dancing on the Plaza
Sept. 4 & 11: Don’t miss the Postoley Dance Ensemble’s last two free folk-dancing experiences of the summer. At Boulder Municipal Plaza, 1770 13th St., with instruction from 7-8pm and open dancing until 10pm. www.postoley.org.
Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Festival
Nov. 2-3: “Get your immortal dead on and party with us!” Frequent Flyers presents an All Souls/Vampire Masquerade Ball for ages 21+, with scary libations, costume contests, dancing to DJ Buddha Bomb, and photo ops with a hearse and coffin. At Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. Tickets: www.frequentflyers.org
Golden Bridge Movement Mass
Sundays: “Movement Mass” group dances celebrate community as dancers remember their wholeness “in these times of great change.” Open to all, and no dance experience is necessary. The 11am-noon event is usually at the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road, but check www.bdanced.com for the schedule, as the venue sometimes changes.
1940s & 50s White Christmas Ball
Dec. 1: Purchase your tickets early, because this fun holiday event, now in its ninth year, usually sells out. It features a canopy of festive lights, vintage WWII planes and other vehicles, live music, decorated trees, reenactments from the classic movie “White Christmas,” and hours of dancing. At the Hyatt Regency in Denver; check www.1940sball.org for more details.
Rene Heredia Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre
Oct. 21: “A Taste of Flamenco” features authentic Gypsy flamenco music and dance with award-winning guitarist René Heredia, plus René’s personal stories about the legends of flamenco and info about the tradition’s history and culture. 3pm at ArtsHUB, 420 Courtney Way, Lafayette. www.reneheredia.com.
Reverence Academy of Dance
Find fall/winter performance updates at www.reverenceacademyofdance.com.
Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema
See listing under Arts Events/Film.
3rd Law Dance/Theater
Visit www.3rdlaw.org for news about upcoming performances.
University of Colorado Department of Dance
Sept. 21-23: “(UN)W.R.A.P.: Traversing Memory, Performing Resistance and Resilience” is a solo, intermedia work exploring issues of race, culture and diversity. Learn more about this and the rest of the fall schedule at www.colorado.edu/theatredance
Nov. 10-12: “Provenance,” MFA concert
Oct. 20-28: “Wicked Bayou,” steeped in mystery and mysticism, is on stage at two Denver-area venues; find out more at www.wonderbound.com.