Dance Events in Boulder, Colorado
(See each organization’s website for additional events not listed below.)
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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
At Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. For info about upcoming performances by this Boulder-based troupe, visit www.bluemoondancecompany.com.
June 18: “Ballet in the Park” is Boulder Ballet’s traditional end-of-the-season free performance in the Central Park Bandshell, corner of Canyon Boulevard and Broadway, at 7pm. There’s also a performance in Highlands Ranch on the previous evening. www.boulderballet.org
Boulder Dance Coalition International Festival
June 16-18: This annual festival kicks off with a public square dance on Friday evening; the rest of the weekend features dance and music performances, dance lessons, arts and crafts vendors, and an open folk dance on Saturday evening. On the 1300 block of Pearl Street Mall. www.boulderdancecoalition.org.
Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop
July 21-Aug. 5: Summer dance intensives offer instruction for intermediate through professional-level dancers, plus weekend workshops July 21-22 and a culminating performance that’s open to all on Aug. 5. See the full schedule and registration info at
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.
June 23: “Cocktail Hour: The Show by Ballets with a Twist” is a pop-infused performing-arts experience with charismatic choreography, intoxicating music and exquisite costume design. 7:30pm at Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road. Tickets: www.chautauqua.com.
Cindy Brandle Dance Company
For information about performances by this Boulder-based company, visit www.cindybrandledance.com.
Aug. 26: “An Evening Under the Stars” features excerpts from upcoming and past productions, plus other classic and contemporary works. 7:30pm in the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Check online for details about the new season, which opens in October with “Dracula.”www.coloradoballet.org.
Colorado Conservatory of Dance
June 3: CCD’s 2017 gala features performances by three separate sets of dance students, all following the theme “Night at the Movies.” 11am, 2:30pm and 6:30pm at PCS, 1001 W. 84th Ave., Denver. www.ccdance.org.
CU Presents: Martha Graham Dance
Save the Date: Get tickets before they sell out—Martha Graham Dance returns to Boulder for one performance on Oct. 5 at 7:30pm at CU’s Macky Auditorium. Visit: www.cupresents.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.
June 9-10: Danse Etoile presents two classical fairytale ballets by Igor Stravinsky, reimagined by Marie-Jose Payannet, Danse Etoile’s executive artistic director. “The Firebird” and “Petrushka” are on stage at 7:30pm both evenings and 2pm Saturday at the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. www.danseetoile.org for details.
Folk Dancing on the Plaza
Tuesdays, June 6-Sept. 12: The Postoley Dance Ensemble hosts free folk-dancing experiences during the summer at Boulder Municipal Plaza, 1770 13th St. Some weeks also feature kid-friendly lessons. Check the schedule at www.postoley.org.
Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Festival
July 30-Aug. 11: This annual festival adopts a new format this year, with three-hour immersion classes on weekdays, 90-minute classes in the afternoons, and evening lectures, discussions, networking events and performances. Find the entire schedule, venue list and class prices at www.frequentflyers.org.
Global Dance Festival
July 21-22: Billed as “the biggest summer dance music event in the Rocky Mountain area,” this festival features a variety of performances on multiple stages at Sports Authority Field in Denver. www.globaldancefestival.com.
Illuminar Aerial Dance
July 24-28: Illuminar’s Audition Prep Camp is for kids 7-18 who wish to try out for Illuminar TOO’s performance season, which runs from September to May. 9am-1pm each day at Illuminar Aerial, 2655 Industrial Lane, Broomfield. www.illuminaraerial.com.
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.
1940s WWII-ERA Ball
June 17: See listing under Local Events/Benefits & Fundraisers. This annual event always sells out ahead of time, but check www.1940sball.org to see if tickets remain.
Pole Theatre USA
Sept. 2: Watch as pole performers from all over the country compete to earn a spot in the Pole Theatre World Championship. At the Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave., Denver. Details: www.poletheatreusa.com.
Scandinavian Fifth Saturday Bygdedans
July 29: 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.
May 28: Free performance at the Boulder Creek Festival Community Stage, 2-2:30pm
3rd Law Dance/Theater
June 3: 3rd Law closes out the season with one performance of “The Sea,” featuring 14 dancers, stunning imagery, and a live score by critically acclaimed composer Paul Fowler. 7:30pm at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Tickets: www.arvadacenter.org.
University of Colorado Department of Dance
Check www.colorado.edu/theatredance.com for details about fall performances.
Vail International Dance Festival
July 29-Aug. 12: Popular annual festival is two weeks of performances, open dance nights and discussions at venues around Vail. www.vvf.org.
June 17-18: Wonderbound, “Denver’s adventurous dance company,” pairs with platinum-selling alternative hip-hop artists Flobots for a production called “Rock Ballets.” At Arvada Center’s Main Stage Theater, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. www.wonderbound.com.
Zikr Dance Ensemble
June 16-17: Zikr, a a dance troupe from Tulsa, stops in Boulder for two performances of “Ancient Shadows,” a world premiere exploring the ancestry and mythology of the indigenous peoples of Central and South America. Boulder performances are at the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. www.zikrdance.com; www.thedairy.org.