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Diversion Weekend is a 3-day festival including live jazz music, dancing, performances, and classes in vintage blues, soul, and swing dances. Diversion Weekend hearkens back to old-school exchange-style events. There are no competitions at Diversion. The focus is on social dancing, learning, and music in swing, blues, and soul.

So excited to bring Taryn Newborne and The Real Deal back to Diversion Weekend in Denver for two whole nights of Swing & Blues! Louis Heriveaux on keys, Tommy Sauter on bass, Joe Smith on trumpet, Matt Burchard on reeds, Decker-Thomas Babcock on trombone, and Robert Boone Jr. on drums!! Let’s dance!


Our Diversion Weekend blues instructors, Mike & Dan aka the Legenthals, are also teaching at the pre-party Shimmy Shakin’ Blues!

Soul Classes w/ Connie Love — Connie Love is the alter ego of Constance Harris. She is a Denver-based graduate of the Masters in Fine Arts Dance program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her fusion dance style is the result of over 20 years of combined experience in a variety of dance experiences ranging from Modern, Middle Eastern, nightlife entertainment and Africanist aesthetics. Her professional career began as a chorus dancer for Jillina Carlano’s Belly Dance Evolution. She would later go on to co-found a fusion dance company, Be. Coming Movement . One of Constance’s biggest passions is freestyle/go-go dancing and she has been honored to dance at some of the country’s liveliest nightclubs and festivals, including Mile High Soul Club, and Global Dance Festival.

Blues w/ Mike Legenthal — Mike Legenthal became a full-time student and teacher of blues dancing in 2007. She has taught at events all over the world, from Boston to Milan, and Seoul to Sidney.  She is considered a teacher’s teacher: she often serves as head judge, teaches the instructor-training tracks, and pushes dancers to learn more about the roots of the dances and music we love so much. In her dancing, she seeks to be distinctive and creative and to always drive towards the heart of blues aesthetic and culture.  She immerses herself in the music and in a playful, dynamic partnership.  As an instructor, she offers both detailed technical descriptions and imaginative metaphors, to reach a wide range of minds. She is clever and respectful and hopes to leave her students engaged in nuanced critical thought.

Blues w/ Dan Legenthal — Dan Legenthal is a blues idiom, vernacular jazz, and swing dancer currently living in Boston, MA.  He specializes in early-to-mid 1900’s era African-American improvised partner dances done to blues and jazz-blues music.  Since 2012 Dan has taught, DJed, and performed around the world at events like Lindy Focus (USA), Korea Blues Camp (South Korea), and Swingin’ the Blues (Australia).

Lindy Hop w/Andrea Gordon — Andrea Gordon is a social dancer’s dancer. Lover of music, rhythm, connection, and the ability to express your individual style, Andrea started dancing in 2006 to supplement her need – not desire – for human connection. From that time until 2013, she traveled to dance and occasionally compete, placing at a number of Lindy Hop events across the country including first place in the 2013 ILHC Pro-Am with Mikey Pedroza, first place in the ILHC Strictly Open of the same year with Jack Chen, and first place in the 2014 Inspiration Weekend Lindy Hop Tournament with Matt Richey, where she exclaimed victoriously “…damn, this is about to get real hard…” and left on a pretty high note if you ask her. Now, she’s returned to the community to teach Lindy Hop at Atomic Ballroom with her award-winning partner Matt Richey. Best known as your favorite friendly registration lady and “that one girl from the video”, let Andrea regale you with stories about how she almost took a class with Frankie Manning, what she almost learned, and how she almost placed at Camp Hollywood, a story better than the one about actually placing at Camp Hollywood.

Lindy Hop w/ Matt Richey — Matt Richey has been dancing Lindy Hop since the tender age of 11. His dance career started with a performance team, including dancing on cruise ships and at Disneyland. In 2004 Matt attended Camp Hollywood for the first time and he quickly fell in love with what swing dancing can offer; not just Lindy Hop but all swing.

Tap Dancing w/ Matthew Pait — Matthew Pait is an avid jazz musician turned lindy hopper from the age of fourteen. Over a career spanning over 15 years of experience, he has taught throughout Germany, Italy, and Switzerland mentored many up-and-coming dancers and performed with many of the world’s top Lindy Hoppers.  After years of dabbling, his love of tap was fully realized under the tutelage of World Champion Jutta Maas while working in Germany. He has since consumed the majority of his practice time on diversifying and developing his advanced tap skill that flows wonderfully into his effusive and musical dance style. His favorite dancers and inspirations include Gregory Hines, Sammy Davis Jr, and the untouchable Jimmy Slyde. He won his first local competition at age 14 hosted by Nevada County Swing Society and was asked to dance for the local TV station to promote NCSS. He is currently teaching at Atomic Ballroom in California with Andrea Gordon and travels to many events around the world to teach, compete, and dance.

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Swing! Blues! Soul! Diversion Weekend


February 24, 2023 @ 8:00 pm
February 26, 2023 @ 8:00 pm
$75 – $219


Denver Turnverein
1570 Clarkson Street
Denver, CO 80218 United States
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