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Dance Events in Boulder, Colorado

(See each organization’s website for additional events not listed below.)


Avalon Ballroom
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
This eclectic, award-winning group comes from backgrounds as diverse as jazz, modern, ballroom, hip-hop and classical ballet. Check www.bluemoondancecompany.com for news of upcoming performances.

Boulder Ballet
Feb. 16-18: “Stepping Out” is a world-premiere presentation of contemporary works performed by the company’s professional members. At Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. See www.boulderballet.org for updated details.
May 18-20: Giselle

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. There’s also a more informal lesson each Wednesday at SKEYE Brewing in Longmont. Kakes Studio, 2115 Pearl St. www.boulderswingdance.com.

Centennial State Ballet
Dec. 15-17: CSB presents “The Nutcracker” at Niwot High School, 8989 Niwot Road. Ticket info: www.centennialstateballet.org.
March 3: A Taste of Ballet Fundraiser and Ballet Petit featuring The Sleeping Beauty
April 21-22: Gala Performance 2018: The Sleeping Beauty

Cindy Brandle Dance Company
April, TBA: “The Process of Navigation (or how to move through life relatively intact)” is on stage at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. Find updated details in the spring at www.cindybrandledance.com.

Colorado Ballet
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.
Through Dec. 24: The Nutcracker
Feb. 16-25: Romeo and Juliet
March 30-April 1: Ballet Director’s Choice

CU Presents: RUBBERBANDANCE
March 24: Montreal-based dance troupe RUBBERBANDance uses the spontaneity of hip-hop, the refinement of ballet and the expressiveness of contemporary dance to create fresh, dynamic works. 7:30pm at CU’s Macky Auditorium; ticket info atwww.cupresents.org. See separate listing for the University of Colorado Department of Theatre and Dance.
Feb. 17: Ailey II Dance Troupe

Dance Bridge: “Dance Is for Every Body!” Showcase
Dance Bridge, a project of the Boulder Arts Commission, is a one-stop resource for learning about classes, companies, workshops, festivals, grant and audition info, and upcoming events. Sign up for the newsletter to stay updated. 303-441-4391;www.artsresource.org/dance-bridge.

Danceophile Studio
Danceophile Studio, 250 31st St., hosts a variety of dance events, including 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
Feb. 9 & 11: “Le Petit Prince” (“The Little Prince”) brings the book to life for all ages and features original compositions by Colorado composer Bruce Klepper. At Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road, visit www.danseetoile.org for details.

Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Festival
Dec. 8-9: Fall shows give youth, teen and adult students a chance to show what they’ve learned in their aerial dance classes. At Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St.; find all the details at www.frequentflyers.org.
Jan. 6: Open House, noon-3pm, with free sampler classes

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. Venues for the 11am-noon event vary, so check www.bdanced.com for information.

Lyons Old-Time Square Dances
1st Saturdays, January-April: Check the group’s Facebook page for updated info on this popular monthly dance series.

1940s White Christmas Ball
Dec. 2: This annual nostalgic holiday party sold out in October, but check the website just in case more tickets became available. www.1940sball.org

Production Company Dance Centre
Dec. 16: The students of Longmont’s PCDC present their big holiday show, suitable for all ages, at 1:15pm at Longmont High School, 1040 Sunset St. Ticket info: www.productioncompanydance.com.

Reverence Academy of Dance
Dec. 10: “Searching for Christmas” is RAD’s annual holiday production featuring an assortment of favorite characters like Frosty the Snowman, the Grinch and the Nutcracker. 2pm at Platt Middle School, 6096 Baseline Road. www.reverenceacademyofdance.com.

Scandinavian Fifth Saturday Bygdedans
March 31: 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 at the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe. www.boulderdancecoalition.org.

Schiff Dance Collective
March 16: “Moving Toward Homestead” uses contemporary dance to tell the stories of the youth at Attention Homes, bringing awareness to the realities of homeless youth in the community. 7:30pm at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. www.schiffdance.com

3rd Law Dance/Theater
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
CU’s dance department offers a number of student, faculty and guest performances each semester, and many of them are free. Visit www.colorado.edu/theatredance to learn more about the dates listed below and others on the schedule.
Dec. 8-9: FRESH: Fall 2017
Feb. 2-4: Catapult, BFA concert
Feb. 23-25: Open Space, student-produced series

Zikr Dance Ensemble
Save the date: “Runes,” focusing on the ancient magical northern European alphabet, in on stage in Boulder in June; check updates atwww.zikrdance.com.