photo courtesy Boulder Ballet

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 Mondays: Scandinavian Monday Night Dance, 7:30-10pm Fridays: Tango Practica (for all levels), 7-10pm Saturdays: Forro: Brazilian couples dance, 12:30-1:30pm Dec. 31: New Year’s Even Dance Party, 7pm-2am Blue Moon Dance Company Check for news of upcoming performances. Boulder Ballet Feb. 22-24: “New Horizons” is a world premiere of contemporary works performed by the troupe’s professional company. At Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. See for times and ticket information. Nov. 23-25 & Dec. 1-2: The Nutcracker (Boulder and Longmont performances) May 17-19: Cinderella 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. Centennial State Ballet April 27-28: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” based on Shakespeare’s play, is suitable for all ages. 2pm Saturday and 1pm Sunday at Niwot High School Auditorium, 8989 Niwot Road. Dec. 21-23: The Nutcracker Cindy Brandle Dance Company April 19-21: CBDC premieres “A World on Fire Project” at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. Check for more info. Colorado Ballet Feb. 1-10: “The Wizard of Oz” features exciting new sets, colorful costumes and amazing special effects. Check for ticket info. Through Dec. 24: The Nutracker March 8-10: Tour de Force April 5-14: Ballet Masterworks CU Presents: Batsheva Dance Company March 20: CU’s Artist series hosts Batsheva Dance Company, Israel’s foremost contemporary dance company. 7:30pm at CU’s Macky Auditorium; ticket info at See separate listing for the University of Colorado Department of Dance. April 6: Dorrance Dance Dance Bridge: “Dance Is for Every Body!” Showcase 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. Danse Etoile Feb. 22-24: Danse Etoile presents a retelling of two beloved stories, “Snow White” and “The Ugly Duckling” and classical works, including student pieces and guest musicians. At Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road. Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Dec. 7-9: Frequent Flyers’ professional company explores the intersection of technology and aerial dance with stunning aerial performances and an interactive experience for audience members. Evening and matinee performances at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. Tickets: Dec. 14-16: Student Company performances 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 for the schedule, as the venue sometimes changes. Lyons Old-Time Square Dances Feb. 2, March 2 & April 6: Live dance callers, old-time string bands and three hours of reels, mixers and squares for the whole family. 7-10pm at Oskar Blues, 303 Main St. in Lyons. Check the group’s Facebook page for updated info on this popular monthly dance series. 1940s & 50s White Christmas Ball Dec. 1: There may still be a few tickets left for the annual Christmas event; check for details. Then check back in the spring for early-bird tickets to the WWII-Era Ball in early June. Production Company Dance Centre Dec. 15: The students of Longmont’s PCDC present their big holiday show, suitable for all ages, at Longmont High School, 1040 Sunset St. Time updates and ticket info: Reverence Academy of Dance Dec. 16: “Searching for Christmas” is RAD’s annual holiday show; check for details. Scandinavian Fifth Saturday Bygdedans March 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 at the Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road. Schiff Dance Collective Find winter/spring performances at T2 Dance Project March 31: SPRINGbreak ChoreoFest is an incubator for modern and contemporary dance choreography; groups of participating dancers and choreographers create new dance works in just eight hours of rehearsal time, then all groups present a public performance on Sunday. 6:30pm at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St. 3rd Law Dance/Theater April 5-7: “Obstinate Pearl,” in collaboration with the Boulder Bach Festival, features dancers and musicians moving through time, drawing the audience forward. At Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., check for updates. Nov. 30-Dec. 2: “Singularity” University of Colorado Department of Dance Feb. 28-March 3: “Open Space” showcases dance works that “lilt, groove and tumble across a spectrum of styles.” Learn more about this and the rest of the spring schedule at Feb. 7-10: “Catapult,” BFA concert April 12: “The Current,” dance works curated by faculty and guest artists Versatility Dance Festival Jan. 11-12: VDF brings together the best in emerging and established dance companies and dance filmmakers from Colorado and beyond. Friday is Dance Film Night and Saturday is Dance Performance Night, both 7:30pm at Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St.  
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