West Coast Swing in Denver & Surrounding Areas

(Last updated: 6/7/22)

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:

Featured Event

ELEVATION WCS Dance (2nd & 4th Sat) *Vax Optional*

Saturday 6/25/22:  NO DANCE.  Attend the Colorado Swing Classic in Colorado Springs

Elevation WCS

Did you hear the news?  5G is now…..Elevation WCS!  Same location, same days, times, format, etc.  Everything is the same.   I never liked the name 5G and figured it was time for a change.  🙂

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

  • When:  2nd & 4th Saturday’s.  Note: 1st Saturday dance is Jonathan’s Free Late Night which is ALSO at Colorado Dancesport.

  • Upcoming Events: 

    • Saturday 6/25/22:  NO DANCE.  Attend the Colorado Swing Classic in Colorado Springs

    • Saturday 7/2/22: Jonathan’s Free WCS late night.  DJ Marsha Carnahan.  100% free WCS dance from 8pm to Midnight at Colorado Dancesport in Littleton.  Jonathan covers the ballroom costs for you and all DJs are volunteers.
    • Saturday 7/9/22:  Elevation WCS Dance with DJ MaryKelley (MK).  Instructor TBD.   7pm lesson and dancing from 8pm to Midnight at Colorado Dancesport in Littleton.
    • Saturday 7/23/22:  NO Dance.  Attend the WSDC event SwingTime.
Dancesport

What: Effective 4/23, Elevation WCS is now vax optional.  BYOB and bring your own food (please clean up). Free parking.

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

Thursday

    • AvalonThursday WCS at the Avalon in Boulder
    • Rotating Instructors: Lizzy Spann, Gabi Wasserman, Briana Gibson, and Anthony Lipscomb Jr
    • Where: The Avalon 6185 Arapahoe Rd. in Boulder
      When: Thursdays.  7:30pm 2 levels of WC Swing workshops.  8:30-10pm dancing
    • What:  WCS classes and dance (must be fully vaccinated)
    • Cost: $10 cover | $2 student discount.  Free parking.
    • 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:

    • 5G on 2nd and 4th Saturday:  Effective 4/23/22, 5G is now vax optional.  You can read more about why we made that change here.

Sundays:

    • TurnvereinRMSDC Weekly Sunday Dance in Denver
      Where: 
      Denver Turnverein, 1570 N Clarkson St, Denver, CO 80218
      When: 
      Every Sunday.  This dance runs from 630-930pm except on Late Night (3rd Sunday) which runs until 1130pm.  There will be a beginner and intermediate class at 530pm (no bridge class).  
      What: The longest running WCS dance in Colorado!  Note: The Turnverein Board is requiring all dances held at the venue to be 100% vaccinated + 2 Weeks.  Masks optional.    
    • Note: 3rd Sunday’s is Free Late Night!  Get in free after 9pm and the dance goes til 1130pm.  Sponsored by Goga and Claude Fortin!  
      Who:  
      Rocky Mountain Swing Dance of Colorado
      How: Pay $8 at the door.  Must have an annual membership (only $12) to attend.  Join in person or online at https://denverturnverein.com/membership/
      Contact: Website

Vaccine Optional

Wednesday

    • Mercury CafeDenver 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:

    • OmniTerra’s Last Thursday WCS in Denver/Englewood Last Thursday of the month.  However, Terra teaches classes weekly.   Please email Terra (see below) for details).
      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

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:

    • Jonathan’s Free Late Night (1st Saturday’s) at Colorado Dancesport.  There is no cost to attend this WCS dance and it’s vax optional.  Begins at 9pm and goes till around midnight.  DJs are usually LaWanna, Marsha, MaryKelley, or Lizzy Spann.  Where: Colorado Dancesport, 5120 S Lowell Blvd, Littleton, CO 80123
    • 5G (2nd and 4th Saturday’s) at Colorado Dancesport. For more info, scroll up to the top of this page (it’s the “featured” event).  
    • Freedom Dance (3rd Saturdays)
      Where: 
      Zenergy Dancesport, 6830 Broadway, Denver, CO 80221
      When: Every 3rd Saturday.  7pm lesson, 8-11pm dance.
      Who:  Steve Felderman DJ.  Past instructors have included Kristin Geil, Tashina Beckmann King, Terra Summers, and Laura Koch.  
      Cost: $5 lesson and $5 for the dance.
      How: Pay at the door.  Website:  zenergydance.com
      Contact: stevefelderman [at] gmail [dot] com

Vaccine Optional WSDC Event:

SwingtimeSwingTime will also be running in July 22-24th 2022.  For More info, visit https://swingtimewcs.com/  and sign up for their event in vite Facebook Event invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/545744989799357/ 

Currently on Pause/Hiatus:

  • Devin Raymond’s 2nd and 4th Thursday in CO Springs  (Currently on hiatus)
    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
  • 1st Saturday Dance in Colorado Springs (Currently on hiatus)
    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.
 

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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