Ben Morris Denver Workshop Weekend
*New Dates May 14 & 15th (*must be vaccinated to attend Sunday. Saturday 7pm lesson and 8pm dance is vax optional)
Are you ready to take your WCS to the next level? Train for one weekend with the best in the world!
Ben Morris aka BenMO, travels 47 out of 52 weekends per year (#preCovid of course), performing, judging, and teaching packed workshops around the world.
Ben is both a champion WCS dancer and a Champion Lindy Hopper. He’s a 3 time US Open Swing Dance Champion, 2 time world Swing Dance Champion, and a California Swing Dance Hall of Fame award winner. Ben is in the top 3 in the world for WSDC points in the champions Jack and Jill division.
He was also a featured dancer in the movie Love N’ Dancing and the Leann Rimes Music Video “Swingin.” He’s known for his fun dance style, infectious personality, and enjoyable workshops.
And on May 14th & 15th, he’s coming to Denver to teach YOU.
We’re talking 4 hours (5.5 hrs if you opt to take his intensive!) of amazing, intentional, and focused WCS education with perhaps the most well-known and influential dancer in West Coast Swing.
Crazy, right? Keep reading to learn more about what we have planned!
What amazing things do you have planned?
Workshops + Competitor's Intensive
Update 5/9: Saturday (5/14) night dance, kick off workshop, and competitor’s intensives will be vax optional as it falls on 5G which has been vax optional for the past month. Sunday 5/15 will still be vax mandatory. A dance on Sunday night has been added as well and that will be vax mandatory.
Must be fully vaccinated from Covid with Pfizer, Moderna, or J&J to attend all parts of this event. We will only accept your physical vaccine card or the ColoradoID app. Booster shots and wearing a mask are strongly recommended but not required at this time. We may change those requirements as we get closer to the event.
Note: We are no longer requiring a rapid be taken for the workshops!
A negative rapid or PCR test, taken and verified the day you arrive at the event is required for both Sat & Sunday (ie test both days). If you take the test at home, please take a picture of the test that includes your photo ID. Tests will not be provided by WCS Masterclass.
We will also be offering a full refund in the event that you contract Covid leading up to the event or during the event. Or if the state shuts venues down due to Covid.
Update 1/7/22: The state of Colorado was offering free rapid tests but they just shut down their order form today after getting inundated for requests. If you don’t have rapid tests in your possession right now, you should order some ASAP as they’re in short supply. Here is a page with some places you might check for availability.
Update 1/6/22: With how things are progressing (the positivity rate is currently 24%), we may be requiring masks during the event. We’ll make the decision a few days before. Also, if you’re struggling to find rapid Covid tests (they’re in very high demand), we’ve put together a page with some suggestions.
At most WCS workshop weekends, you would spend around $129 to get that many hours in a room with Ben Morris. However… BenMo is bringing the cost down as a bonus incentive for those who buy early.
To keep adequate spacing (thanks Covid!) we’ll only have 100 weekend passes available and here are the costs:
- $69 for the first 20 buyers (that’s almost 1/2 off!) TIER 1 IS SOLD OUT
- $79 for the next 20 TIER 2 IS SOLD OUT
- $89 for the next 20 TIER 3 IS SOLD OUT
- $99 for the next 20 3 tickets left at this price!
- $109 for the next 20
- $129 at the door (if spots are still available)
Will you be selling individual workshops? Also, can we just attend Saturday 5/14/22?
You can purchase a ticket for the saturday night kick off workshop and dance at the door but the workshops on Sunday are only available to those with a weekend pass.
Am I "good enough" to attend these workshops?
Maybe you’re thinking, “This all sounds great, Jonathan, but do I need to be an advanced dancer to take these classes?” Absolutely not! If you’re comfortable with your 6 & 8 count basics (sugar push, left & right side pass, tuck, whip, reverse whip), then you’re good! Don’t know one of those yet? Find a place that has beginner WCS classes prior to the event!
No matter if you’re a novice or an all-star, everyone can get something amazing from Ben Morris.
Do you have anything special planned for WCS competitors?
90 Minute Competitor’s Intensive ($25)
Saturday May 14th at Colorado Dancesport
Are you a WCS competitor? Learn some tips, tricks, and skills that can help you make finals (and win!). Cost is only $25 (ie it’s not included in the weekend pass).
4pm-530pm: Session A. Advanced/All-Star Competitors Intensive:
Note: You must have Advanced or All-Star WSDC points to be in session A.
530pm-7pm: Session B. Novice/Intermediate Competitors Intensive: You must know WCS basics to attend. This intensive will speak to both Novice and Intermediate levels.
Workshop Weekend Schedule
Saturday, May 14th
5120 S Lowell Blvd
Littleton, CO 80123
(SATURDAY IS VAX OPTIONAL)
Note: Since Saturday night falls on 5G which is normally vax optional, both the 7pm workshop, the 8pm dance, and the competitor’s intensives (mentioned above) will be vax optional. Sunday, however, will be vax mandatory (see Sunday schedule below).
- 7-8pm: Kickoff workshop, Bad A$$ BenMo Signature Moves & Styling (if you don’t have a weekend pass, cost is $25 either online or at the door)
- 915pm: Improv Demo with Ben Morris & All-Star Lizzy Spann
- 8pm – 1230am: 5G WCS Social Dance (FREE with Full weekend pass) with DJ’s LaWanna Larson, MaryKelley (MK), Marsha Carnahan, and Lizzy Spann.
Sunday, May 15th
5120 S Lowell Blvd
Littleton, CO 80123
(SUNDAY IS VAX MANDATORY) I was really hoping to be able to open this up to everyone but the polling results indicated that people who already bought a pass would prefer to keep it vax only. Future workshop weekend events that I run will likely be vax optional.
- 1pm-2pm: How to Jedi Mind Trick Your Dance Partner
(15 minute dance break)
- 215-315pm: The Lost Art of Dancing Fast
(15 minute dance break)
- 330pm – 430pm: Recurring Musicality – The Friend Who’s Always There For You
(End of workshops)
- 4:30pm: FREE BIG DADDY PIZZA + Improv Demo with Ben Morris & All-Star Lizzy Spann! Free with Full Weekend Pass Purchase! Provided by Jonathan (gluten free pizza & salad will be available).
- 5pm to 9pm: Social Dancing with DJ LaWanna, Lizzy, and possibly MK and Marsha if they’re both available. Included in weekend pass or $10 at the door for those who don’t have a pass. This Sunday dance is vax mandatory. Please be prepared to show proof of vax status at the door.
Note: The Rocky Mountain Swing Dance Club will be having their normal 5:30pm workshop (separately ticketed at the door) with a local instructor followed by their regular social dance with DJ LaWanna from 6:30pm-9:30pm (also separately ticketed at the door).