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Community-Minded Dance hosts annual Lindy Diversion event, February 19-21

by Gloria Shanstrom
February 15, 2016
The Denver Turnverein
1570 Clarkson St.
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 831-9717
www.denverturnverein.org
Instructors and musicians come to Denver from across the globe for classes, performances and live music to support arts programs in local schools.

The 16th Annual Lindy Diversion, an event that celebrates the spirit and history of American social dance, takes place February 19-21 in Denver. Internationally acclaimed instructors, performers and musicians will bring a flavor of jazz history rarely seen in Denver. CmDance launched Lindy Diversion in 2000 to offer a fun social dance event to Denver, while supporting arts and dance education programs in Colorado schools.

During the weekend, classes in lindy hop, tap, jazz and blues are available for every level of dancer, including those with two left feet. This year international instructor, performer, choreographer and Colorado native Michael Jagger joins cmDance for the weekend. Michael teams up with Evita Arce, Executive Director of Syncopated City Dance Company and a founding partner of Syncopated City Dance School and locals Joe DeMers and Shauna Marble round out the Lindy instructors. Blues dance instructor Jenny Sowden is award winning, full-time, international dance instructor based in New York City, where she is the managing director of Brooklyn Swings and nycBABBLE.com teams with Dan Repsch known for his unique style, spinning and connection. They are joined by Denver's Blues dancers/instructors Aimee Eddins and Joe DeMers.

Pianist and band leader Gordon Webster brings his NYC based rhythm section to Denver (one of which is bass player Ian Hutchinson, a former Denverrite).Gordon is one of the most sought after musicians in the Lindy Hop world. His tremendous musicianship and passion, supported by his first-hand knowledge of social dancing, have inspired lindy hoppers at hundreds of dance events worldwide. Drawing on influences as diverse as Fats Waller, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris, Webster serves up a smorgasbord of styles unified by one characteristic: irresistible danceability. Gordon will also be providing Swing era Jazz music training at Smoky Hill High School and Long View High School during his visit to Denver.

All classes and dance events are held at The Denver Turnverein, 1570 Clarkson St., Denver 80218. Buy Tickets: Register online at www.lindydiversion.com/registration
For More Information & to view video archives: Visit LindyDiversion.com

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Community-Minded Dance (cmDance) is a Denver-based 501©3 non-profit organization that provides educational dance programs taught by expert local and guest instructors to prekindergarten through 12th grade students in Colorado schools. CmDance’s mission is to promote and preserve vintage dances of the Americas while promoting self-confidence, healthy lifestyles and musical appreciation among children. For more information, please visit cmdance.org.
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