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cmDance's Hot Nights are Colorado's premier Tango Blues Fusion Night. They have been running since 2004 and are a great way to kick back, relax, and have a good time dancing to traditional tango, blues, and alternative music.
Whether you're new to dancing or a master of several styles, hot night has something for you.
Upcoming Hot Nights
July 25, August 8 , September 19 , October 10 , November 8 , December 12
McNichols Civic Center Building 144 West Colfax Downtown Denver.
Parking is available on the street or at the Denver Post parking garage.
Just another sultry Hot Night oTango~Blues~Fusion
Featuring instruction by:
Blues: Nickolas Buchanan and Sara Deckard
Tango: Tara Fortier and Carol Morris
Intro: Ron Johnson and Caryn Carrasco
DJ's: John Miller and Nathanael Volckening
Sara Deckard, though never classically trained, has been dancing since her mother taught her how to "mash potatoes" as a little girl. In 2004, she fell in love with the dances of the Jazz Age. As a teacher, Sara is spirited and encouraging. She emphasizes staying true to the spirit of the dance and creating authentic, organic movement while maintaining one's own creative voice and, of course, having as much fun as possible. She strives to give her students the confidence to get out and let their spirit move, experiment with new steps and celebrate happy accidents.
Was born... Then he grew up in Michigan listening to Polkas, Motown, Metal, R&B,Gangster Rap, and Hip-Hop. He discovered Jazz one day while listening to NPR! Falling in love with the music, it was only a matter of time before he found Lindy Hop. Nickolas has been a student of American vernacular dances for 10 years and teaching for about 7. His passion extends to all of the "Swing Era Dances" including but not limited to Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, East Coast, Collegiate Shag, Solo Jazz, a tiny bit-o Hoofin' and last but certainly not least yummy yummy Blues! Nickolas loves that old timey stuff!
Current Jam: Yellow Dog Blues 6 minutes of whatever you want!
Tara Fortier is a very beautiful, elegant and yet an extremely powerful dancer. Known as an excellent leader and follower, she has been teaching tango internationally since 2003 and is one of the few North Americans who has taught at a major festival in Buenos Aires. With a clear and precise perspective on the dance, Tara emphasizes natural movement and clear body mechanics in her teaching and her dancing.
Carol Morris has been doing Argentine tango for over 10 years and a member of the blues community in Colorado for several years. She is a big supporter of the arts in Colorado and the producer of “Behind the Ogden”, a small music venue in downtown Denver.
John began dancing at the age of 18, never suspecting that Tango would eventually take over his entire life. When that realization struck, he decided to pursue Tango as a career and has been teaching full time since 2009. John is regularly invited to teach and DJ at numerous dance events across North America, including Denver’s Natural Tango Festival, Burning Tango in McCloud, CA, the Albuquerque Tango Festival, Mala Leche in New York City, and the Toronto Tango Experience.
Nathaniel is a Blues/Fusion enthusiast who has been exploring and pushing the boundaries of partnered dance for over five years. As an instructor and DJ he has worked both nationally and abroad to find ways of bridging tradition and contemporary movement. When DJing, he enjoys drawing from a multitude of musical genres to inspire greater creativy and connection on the dance floor.
Doors open 6:30pm
3 Classes for all levels: 7:00pm and 9:00pm
Blues: Rhythm variations and cool Blues basics
Tara Fortier and Carol Morris: 8-9pm
Caryn Carrasco and Ron Johnson: 8-9pm
Introduction to social dance: For those new to partner and social dancing
and Dance: 9:00pm - 1:45pm
When & Where
cmDance Hot Night Fusion
What is a Hot Night?
The Hot Night is an idea of our founder Caryn Carrasco. As a lifelong dancer in many styles, she wanted a place where people could just dance and focus on connection rather than whether a move is "officially" part of a particular dance.
What is Fusion?
Is it relates to dance, fusion could most easily be summed up as follows:
When in a partner dance, the dancers use movement and techniques from more than one dance, while dancing to music not necessarily associated with the dances being mixed.\\