West Coast Swing in Denver & Surrounding Areas

(Last updated: 12/29/21)

Let’s face it. When it comes to Covid and West Coast Swing dancing, it’s a weird time right now.

We all have different opinions and comfort preferences around masks, vaccines, rotating partners, brushing your teeth, bathing, Chick-Filet vs Popeyes, etc. 

We’re all different!  The good news is, there’s something for everyone right now.

Here’s an up to date list of all the WCS dances and events in Denver and surrounding areas (Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Lakewood, Littleton, Englewood, etc) along with vaccine and mask requirements:

Must be 100% Vaccinated + 2 Weeks Post Final Shot : Mask Optional

Featured Event

The 5G Dance

  • Where: Colorado Dancesport, 5120 S Lowell Blvd, Littleton, CO 80123

  • Upcoming Dates: 

    • Sat, Jan 8th, 2022:  Gabi Wasserman is teaching intermediate and Lizzy Spann is DJing

    • Sat, Jan 22nd, 2022:  The Ben Morris WCS Workshop Weekend Begins (you must preregister)!  *Must be fully vaccinated*  The kick off workshop is at 7pm and the Dance with DJs LaWanna, MaryKelley, and Lizzy!  Note: For this event, you’re required to take a rapid test prior to attending (ie at home) and bring in your negative results to the registration desk.  You can order free Binax tests through the state of Colorado here.   Order at least 2-3 weeks prior to the event to ensure you’ll get them in time.  

  • Time:  7pm Intermediate lesson and dancing begins around 8pm.

  • Who’s teaching/DJing the next dance?  Instructor TBA.  Lizzy Spann will be co-DJing!
  • What: Just like the name sounds, you must have the “5G” in order to attend (ie must be 100% vaccinated + 2 Weeks).   Note: Colorado Dancesport has a mask waiver from Tri-County health.  Masks are optional but highly recommended.  BYOB and bring your own food (please clean up). Free parking.
  • Cost:  $10 for the dance & $5 for the class.
  • How:  You can pre-register online or you can pay at the door when you arrive.  You must be comfortable submitting proof you’ve been vaccinated (ie your vaccine card or a photo of your card).
  • Contact Us   Note: At the moment, those with Covid antibodies but unvaccinated are not eligible to attend but that may change for future 5G dances.

Wednesday

    • Denver Westies (100% contemporary WCS music)
      Where: Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205
      When: Every Wednesday.  7pm Beginning and Intermediate lessons.  Dancing from 8-1230am
    • What:  WCS classes and dance (must be fully vaccinated).  This has been one of the most popular West Coast Swing Denver dances for over 5 years.  Expect it to be packed with 100% vaccinated dancers.  It’s officially restarting weekly on 7/7/21.
    • Cost: $10 for dance only.  $12 for lesson + dance.
    • Who:  Denver Westies
    • Contact: Facebook Page
    • Covid Policy:  
      This event will be for FULLY VACCINATED COVID-19 GUESTS ONLY.
      In order to do our best to protect our dancers and make everyone feel safe, our Wednesday dances/lessons will REQUIRE PROOF OF VACCINE (2 weeks post last dose) until further notice. Please be prepared to show your vaccination card (or photocopy/photo) and a matching photo ID upon entrance.

Thursday

    • Thursday WCS at the Avalon in Boulder
      Where: The Avalon 6185 Arapahoe Rd. in Boulder
      When: Every Thursday.  7:30pm 2 levels of WC Swing workshops.  8:30-11pm Dancing
    • What:  WCS classes and dance (must be fully vaccinated)
    • Cost: $10 cover | $2 student discount.  Free parking.
    • Who:  DanceLaughLove.com
    • Contact:  Contact form
    • Covid Policy:  COVID POLICY FOR AVALON: In order to comply with the CDC and Boulder County’s recommendations as well as The Avalon COVID-19 policy, until further notice, this event will be hosted for fully vaccinated COVID-19 guests ONLY, to allow for safe and enjoyable dancing without masks. There will be no exceptions!  Please be prepared to present your vaccination card (or photo of) and a matching photo ID upon entrance.  In addition, please bring your mask with you as it is required to wear a mask in all common areas outside of The Avalon Ballroom and Sodal Hall dance floors (entrance, hallways, restrooms, etc).

Saturday:

    • See the featured “5G WCS Dance” mentioned at the top of this page.
    • 1st Saturday Dance in Colorado Springs
      Where: 
      5670 N Academy Blvd.
      Colorado Springs, CO 80918
      When: 
      1st Saturday of the month.  Class 630pm (arrive by 620pm).  Dance 730pm to 1020pm
      What:  Intermediate Workshop and Dance – $12 per person (CASH Only – please bring some $1’s).  Newcomer Lesson for Dancers brand new to WCS – NO PARTNER REQUIRED!
      $5 for the Dance (includes Newcomer Lesson) – CASH Only Please!
      Singles welcome, no partner required.
      Who:  
      Kanit Dararutana, Jim Sisneros, and Dance Wonderland
      How: Pay at the door.
      Contact: (719) 362-7027 (Dance Wonderland) or pm Kanit or Jim on Facebook.
      Covid Policy: 
      – Effective Nov 6th 2021. Must be 100% vaccinated (2 weeks past final dose of Pfizer, Moderna, or J&J).  Mask is optional.
      – Hand sanitizer will be provided at the door, DJ booth, and all tables.

Sundays:

    • RMSDC Weekly Sunday Dance in Denver
      Where: 
      Denver Turnverein, 1570 N Clarkson St, Denver, CO 80218
      When: 
      Every Sunday beginning on June 6th 2021
      What: The Turnverein Board is requiring all dances held at the venue to be 100% vaccinated + 2 Weeks.  Masks optional.   This dance runs from 630-930pm except on Jonathan’s Late Night (TBD) which runs until 1130pm. There will be a beginner and intermediate class at 530pm (no bridge class).  The kick off dance on 6/6, which was also a Jonathan’s Late Night, had almost 100 fully vaccinated dancers in attendance.
      Who:  
      Rocky Mountain Swing Dance of Colorado,
      How: Pay at the door.
      Contact: Website

Vaccinated WSDC Event:

5280 Westival should be running again this spring (2022)!  This is a WSDC event which will have workshops, competitions, social dancing, and they’re popular late night smore buffett.  This is a fully vaccinated event. 

For more details visit: https://5280westival.com/ 

Vaccine Optional + Mask Optional

Thursday:

    • Terra’s Thursday WCS in Denver/Englewood
      Where: 
      Omni Ballroom, 3800 S Jason St, Englewood, CO 80110
      When: 
      Thursdays.  8-1130pm Social Dance
      Who:  
      Terra Summers is organizing
      Cost:  
      $8 dance
      How: 
       Purchase at the door 
      Contact Terra: tsummers6162 [at] gmail [dot] com 

    • Devin Raymond’s 2nd and 4th Thursday in CO Springs
      Where:
       International dance club, 2422 Busch avenue Colorado Springs, CO 80904
      When: 
      2nd and 4th Thursdays.  7pm lesson (45 min) & dancing till 11pm.
      Who:  
      Devin Raymond
      Cost:  
      $15 for dance and the class or just $10 for the dance.
      How:  
      Purchase at the door 
      Contact Devin: Facebook

Friday: 

    • Friday’s FC Swing in Fort Collins
      Where: 
      Genesis-Fort Collins’ Club, 1307 E Prospect Rd, Ft Collins, CO 80525
      When: Friday nights.  7-8pm lesson, 8-10pm dance.
      Who:  Run by Laura Koch and Jim Baker
      Cost: $5/person club members and $10/non-members. 
      How: Pay at the door.
      Contact Laura: lkoch [at] qwestoffice [dot] net 

Saturday:

    • Freedom Dance (3rd Saturdays)
      Where: 
      Zenergy Dancesport, 6830 Broadway, Denver, CO 80221
      When: Every 3rd Saturday.  7pm lesson, 8-11pm dance.
      Who:  Steve Felderman & Ashley Melville
      Cost: $5 lesson and $5 for the dance.
      How: Pay at the door.  Website:  zenergydance.com
      Contact: stevefelderman [at] gmail [dot] com

Currently on Pause/Hiatus During Covid until further notice:

SwingTime (on hiatus until 2022)

If you know of a public WCS social dance that isn’t on this list, please fill out the contact form on this site and let me know!

We all miss dancing with each other. It kind of “is what it is” and we hope we can all dance together under one roof some time in the near future

Miss you all,
Jonathan

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