Dance Events in Boulder, Colorado
(See each organization’s website for additional events not listed below.)
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Boulder Arts Week
March 31-April 8
This large-scale, all-inclusive celebration of arts and culture includes art walks, exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures, workshops, and a wide variety of dance, theater and musical performances. Find the full schedule of events at www.boulderartsweek.org.
The Art Underground/The Arts Hub
Dec. 9-10: The dance classes of the two arts venues join together for a concert set to festive holiday music. 4:30pm Friday and 10am Saturday at The Arts Hub, 420 Courtney Way in Lafayette. www.artunder.org.
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.
3rd & 5th Saturdays: Swing Dance Monthly with live music, 8-11pm; lesson 7pm
2nd, 4th & 5th Wednesdays: Waltzing and Couples Dancing, 8-10:15pm; lesson 7pm
Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Social Dance Party & Live Music, 7pm-1:30am
Blue Moon Dance Company
At Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. For info about upcoming performances by this Boulder-based troupe, visit www.bluemoondancecompany.com.
Boulder Ballet: The Nutcracker
Dec. 3-4: Boulder Ballet performs the classic “The Nutcracker” in collaboration with the Longmont Symphony, at Longmont’s Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 E. Mountain View Ave. 4pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday. See www.boulderballet.org for ticket information and 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.
Cindy Brandle Dance Company
March 10-12: Cindy Brandle Dance Company premieres its new work, “Revealed,” a modern dance performance exploring the concept of exposing our inner selves. At Dairy Arts Center; www.cindybrandledance.com.
Through Dec. 24: Colorado Ballet presents its annual performance of “The Nutcracker,” featuring more than 300 costumes and more than 100 dancers. Matinee and evening performances throughout the holiday season are at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver; see ticket info at www.coloradoballet.org.
Feb. 17-26: Ballet Masterworks
March 31-April 2: The Little Mermaid
CU Presents: Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
Jan. 21: “Poema de Andalucía” transports the audience to southern Spain with an energetic performance combining sensual movement, colorful costumes and traditional Andalusian folk music. 7:30pm at CU’s Macky Auditorium. Tickets: www.cupresents.org.
Dance Arts Studio
Dec. 8: Broomfield-based Dance Arts Studio presents its annual Holiday Showcase at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road. See time and more info at www.danceartsstudio.org.
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 dance 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, 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.
Feb. 24-26: Danse Etoile presents “The Snow Queen,” a production based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. At Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road in Broomfield. Also, save the date for Danse Etoile’s June 9-10 performance, “An Evening with Stravinsky,” at Dairy Arts Center. Check www.danseetoile.org for details.
Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance
March 25: The Frequent Flyers are headed to the Kennedy Center in New York City for a big performance on March 28, and this “send off” show will give local audiences a hint about their New York performance. At CU’s Macky Auditorium; see www.frequentflyers.org.
Instructional & Recreational Dance
To take a class or join a troupe, visit www.getboulder.com/dance-studios-and-instruction; the page lists dance and movement opportunities in Boulder and surrounding towns in ballroom, jazz, folk, hula, salsa, African, swing and a lot more, for all ages and abilities.
Lemon Sponge Cake Ballet
See separate listing in Film Events for a showing of “White Mirror” by Lemon Sponge Cake’s Robert Sher-Machherndl; see www.lemonspongecake.org for upcoming dance performances.
Lyons Old-Time Square Dances
1st Saturdays, Jan.-April: No experience (or partner) needed for these monthly events that teach squares, circles, reels and waltzes. 7-10pm at Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons. Check for updated info on the group’s Facebook page.
1940s & 50s White Christmas Ball
Dec. 3: See listing under Local Events/Benefits & Fundraisers. The 1940s WWII-Era Ball, held annually in June, always sells out ahead of time, so check www.1940sball.org in the spring for ticket details and more information.
‘Performance on the Perimeter’
Oct. 21-22: Local dance artists Mary Wohl Haan and Peg Posnick merge their talents to present “a creative performance that highlights both the inherent vulnerability of dance and their individual voices as solo artists.” 7:30pm at Community Dance Collective, 2020B 21st St. www.haandances.com.
Rene Heredia’s “A Taste of Flamenco”
Dec. 4: René brings the legends of gypsy flamenco alive with passionate guitar music and authentic choreography performed by his dancers. 3:30pm at Boulder Public Library. www.reneheredia.com
Reverence Academy of Dance
Dec. 11: RAD’s annual holiday production, “Searching for Christmas,” features an assortment of holiday favorites like the Grinch, the Nutcracker and Frosty the Snowman. 2pm at Platt Middle School, 6096 Baseline Road. www.reverenceacademyofdance.com.
Scandinavian Fifth Saturday Bygdedans
Dec. 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 in Sodal Hall at the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road. www.boulderdancecoalition.org.
Schiff Dance Collective
May, TBA: Dancers from the beginning, intermediate and advanced programs present a free performance (9:30-11am) at the Louisville Farmers’ Market, either May 20 or May 27; see www.schiffdance.com for updates.
May 28: Free performance at the Boulder Creek Festival; time TBA
3rd Law Dance/Theater
Dec. 2-4: “The Sea” is an original evening of dance/theater with a commissioned score by critically acclaimed composer Paul Fowler. At Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. Check www.3rdlaw.org for ticket details and other upcoming productions.
University of Colorado Department of Dance
March 3-5: “Alter/Altar” showcases two MFA dance students as they perform using their “distinct modalities of contact improvisation and spiritual expression.” In CU’s Irey Theatre; check www.colorado.edu/theatredance.com for details. Other winter/spring performances are listed below.
Feb. 10-12: “Catapult,” BFA works
April 21-23: “The Current–2017,” with faculty and guest artists
April 28-29: “Fresh” student sampler (free)
Feb. 10-19: Performed with guest musicians the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, “A Dangerous Liaison” is a “flirty, provocative” production that blends baroque music with contemporary dance. Check online for times and Denver venues. www.wonderbound.com.
Dec. 13-22: “Snow”
April 14-30: “Divisions”