Our informal poll revealed that people who dance have more fun. In fact, even watching other people dance improved overall happiness. Here are some excellent Denver dance resources to help get more dance into your life:
The Mercury Café (2199 California St.)
Best for: Tango, Belly Dance, Blues Dance, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop
What We Love: Dance classes at the Merc are very affordable ($5-$10/class) and most are drop-in, so it’s easy to try something new without a big commitment. Plus, the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.
Colorado Ballet Academy’s Open Program (1075 Santa Fe Dr.)
Best for: Ballet
What We Love: The Open Academy’s drop in format, combined with the variety of time slots offered (daytime, evening, weekday, weekend) and different levels (including “absolute beginner”) make it easier than ever to try ballet.
Denver Turnverein (1570 Clarkson St.)
Best for: Ballroom, Country, Argentine Tango, Salsa, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop
What We Love: Founded in Denver in 1865, the Denver Turnverein is a nonprofit social club dedicated to bringing people together through social dance nights. There’s a dance every night and all include a dance lesson.
Grizzly Rose ( 5450 N Valley Hwy.)
Best for: Country Line Dancing, Two-Step
What We Love: The Grizzly Rose is a Denver institution and true honky tonk. You’ll find live music 6 nights a week, concerts by top Country acts and free dance lessons every Wednesday night. Additional dance lessons are offered throughout the week for $3 – $25/class.
Wonderbound (1075 Park Avenue West)
Best for: Watching Contemporary dance
What We Love: Wonderbound invites everyone to come see what they’re up to. Rehearsals are open to the public, so come watch through the garage door windows or sit on one of their couches inside, Tue-Fri 11:15-1:45 and 2:30-5:30; and Sat 11:45-2:15 and 3:00-6:00. Call ahead to confirm rehearsal time for that day.