Goblin Give out in Historic Downtown Littleton with Flash mob by Adventures in Dance

Goblin Give out in Historic Downtown Littleton with Flash mob by Adventures in Dance

William and Holly from Adventures in dance at Details in Historic Littleton
William and Holly from Adventures in dance at Details in Historic Littleton

It was a sunny Saturday in downtown Littleton as the gay little goblins gobbled treats on the streets of Historic Downtown Littleton. Masses of Elsa’s from Frozen high fived each other as they passed and merchants merrily passed out treats to all the gaily costumed customers.  Although Adventures in Dance is down the street in the Woodlawn shopping Center,so we joined in the fun with our little flash mob. Our regular youth were swept away in the masses of children trick or treating from shop to shop, so Craig, William and I danced on! We monster mashed in front of Reinke brothers. Then we went down to Details Botique and did the “Addams family” theme and concluded with a little Michael Jackson “Thriller”!  We had a howling good time!

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Dances of Love a joint choral concert with Voices West and ballroom dance performance by Adventures Dance

Dances of Love a joint choral concert with Voices West, and ballroom dance performance by Adventures Dance from Littleton.

Ballroom and Latin dance performance With Adventures in dance and voices west
Ballroom and Latin dance performance With Adventures in dance and voices west

Last Year Michael Todd approached me in regards to producing a joint choral and ballroom show with Voices West. I thought it was a great idea and accepted his invitation. We kept in touch periodically. When Michael Todd picked the music then I got to work putting the dances together, rehearsing dancers, and making costumes.

Robyn, Bill, Holly,Craig Ballroom dancers from Adventures in dance for Voices West
Robyn, Bill, Holly,Craig Ballroom dancers from Adventures in dance for Voices West

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first set was Nue Lieversliedre Walzer, Op. 65 (New Love song Waltzes) by Johannes Brahms movements 1-15. It was a challenge coming up with different waltzes for the 7 songs we danced to. It was like trying to find a way to sing the same song 7 different ways. Fortunately there were two slow waltzes among the Viennese Waltzes and one Grand March. I was happy with the challenge and the results.

The next set was Lieversliedre Polkas P.D.Q Bach. These were tongue in cheek polkas written by Julliard professor Peter Schickele under the pen name P.D.Q. Bach. For these I drew on traditional polkas and some non-traditional moves to reflect the tongue in cheek nature of the music. On the song to Celia, we took pieces of a minuet and integrated the contemporary electric slide. In Farewell ungrateful Traitor we used a classic princess polka and accented the word pain by stepping on each other’s feet, and choking each other at the end. On who is Silvia we drew on period polka moves and added some patty cake hands and train movement. We had a good time working on these pieces.

After the intermission we took off our ties and loosened our collars for the Latin set. We started with, ”Cheek to Cheek ( A nocturnal Tango)” by Gwyneth Walker. We began back to back ( cheeks touching), and dancing an Argentine Tango to this short number. Craig and I stayed on the floor for the next number, Save the last dance for me by Pomus/Sherman. This was a lively American Rumba, and we had a lovely time dancing to it. Last was the Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson. I had the opportunity to have fun with Bill and Robyn. We started with their American rumba, moves into new variations just for this number, and finished with their international Tango. Three types of Tango in one song.

The Last set was big band, blues and operetta. They kicked off with Cheek to Cheek by Irving Berlin. Robyn and Bill took to the floor with spin off foxtrot and swing moves from Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Next a bluesy number Don’t get around much anymore by Duke Ellington. Craig and I took advantage of this slow number to weave open American smooth foxtrot with international slow foxtrot to get around the floor. We stepped it up with T’aint what ‘cha do by Young/Oliver. I asked Todd to bring the tempo up to an international Quickstep. Craig and I then tripped the light fantastic with our open international quickstep sprinkled with some Charleston. In closing we moved to Operetta with The Finale from the Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan. I put the whole troop on the floor for this rousing Viennese waltz. We used portions of classic minuets, and wove some American Viennese waltz into the middle. I am proud of how all my dancers did, and thrilled that we had the opportunity to perform with Voices West. I hope to do it again soon.

 

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Adult dance lessons lead to family being licensed to dance for their wedding

Adult dance lessons lead to family being licensed to dance for their wedding

I had the pleasure of teaching the whole family to dance, from the first dance through the father, daughter dance and the mother son dance. I look forward to hearing how the wedding goes this weekend.

Edgar and Katharine with parents after adult dance lesson for wedding
Edgar and Katharine with parents after adult dance lesson for wedding

Couple : Edgar Warf and Katharine Napolitano

From: Aurora Co. and Littleton Co.
Wedding Date: Oct. 19th
Venue: Arrowhead Golf Club
Wedding Colors: Burnt Orange and Amber
Song: “At Last” Etta James
Dance: Foxie
Proposal: in a hot air balloon
Father, Daughter, Mother, Son Dance: “That’s Amore” Dean Martin
Special notes: Katharine brought her dad and mom in for the last lesson and we organized their dance. They all were so happy with the result!

Thank you all for being a blessing in our lives! Dance with happy feet now and forever. Do feel free to leave a comment, or let us know how your wedding went. I love hearing about in and seeing the pictures after! Always feel free to send pictures.

Adult wedding first dance ballroom lesson special at Advenutures in Dance
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Pumpkin pole winners for the Pumpkin follies and Goat show!

As the leaves turn gold, merchants in historic downtown Littleton gather in pods to discuss pumpkins. The annual Pumpkin follies and goat show

building the pumpkin pole in historic littleton
building the pumpkin pole in historic littleton

has begun. With one week to plan, pods like mine with the Center for the blind, the Crazy merchant and Adventures in dance gather together to plan a winning pumpkin pole.

With only one week to plan, gather supplies, and build out 14 ft. pumpkin sculpture, the heat is on. We planned a headless horseman. The center for the blind got to it and designed, built and painted the silhouette of a horse. The Crazy merchant got cobwebs, tombstones, and painted pumpkins. And Adventures in dance built the headless horseman.

judges Greg Moody and a Mayor Dallas Hay from Sheridan
judges Greg Moody and a Mayor Dallas Hay from Sheridan

 

 

With a chill in the air and rain on the horizon we gathered on Thursday morning to put together our creation. We even added light up eyes, and cried, “It’s alive” when we finished.   After a stormy night we gathered again to touch it up and meet and greet the judges. We met Greg Moody and a Mayor Dallas Hay from Sheridan. We tempted them with treats from the Crazy merchant. Things like cupcakes, pretzels and vitamin water, dance lessons and hugs from the center for the blind.  Later that night the results were posted on facebook.

 

The results are…

Wizard of oz pumpkin poles historic littleton
Wizard of oz pumpkin poles historic Littleton

 

 

 

1st- The wizard of Oz by Grandpa’s attic,

 

Game of thrones Historic Downtown Littleton
Game of thrones Historic Downtown Littleton

 

 

 

2nd- Game of thrones on the corner of Sheridan.

 

 

 

Headless horseman pumpkin pole historic Downtown Littleton
Headless horseman pumpkin pole historic Downtown Littleton

3rd- The headless horseman by the Center for the blind, the Crazy merchant and Adventures in dance.

 

 

 

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Adult couples showcase their Ballroom dance moves at the annual dancing with the mon-stars.

 

monstars Ballroom Latin & Swing Dance showcase
monstars Ballroom Latin & Swing Dance showcase

Adult couples showcase their Ballroom dance moves at the annual dancing with the mon-stars.

Screech, cackle, howl! Adult students at adventures in dance gathered to share what ballroom, Latin, and swing dances they had been learning at the annual dancing with the Mon-stars showcase and dinner dance at Adventures in dance. This party was frightfully fun with gallant ghosts, and sensuous ghouls. The annual Dancing with the Monstars from which Adventure’s in Dance’s students sprung from there shy human shells to terrifically terrify and awe the audience with their dancing. But fear not, there was a professional Ghost Buster on the scene to make sure the bystanders were safe in all the fun and screams. As each ghoul performed their dance the audience was stunned, and other’s they laughed and had a bewitching good time

Niloo and Craig ballroom dip
Niloo and Craig ballroom dip

Student: Niloofar Khalili with Craig Tomazin
City: Boulder
Song: Santa Maria
Dance: Argentine Tango

 

 

Shayao and Sabrina Ballroom Peabody dance
Shayao and Sabrina Ballroom Peabody dance

Student: Shayao & Sabrina Mc Farland
With Craig Tomazin & Holly Collins
City: Littleton
Song: Jumping Jack
Dance: American Peabody

 

 

 

 

Robert and Cate monks waltz dance
Robert and Cate monks waltz dance

 

Student: Robert & Cate Monks
City: Denver
Song: Sun & Moon
Dance: American Slow Waltz

 

 

 

Melvyn and Niloo dance corte dip
Melvyn and Niloo dance corte dip

Student: Melvin Marcusson
City: Littleton
Song: Daddy
Dance: American Cha cha

 

 

 

Jim and Linda romantic ballroom Waltz dance
Jim and Linda romantic ballroom Waltz dance

Student: Jim & Linda Dunbar
City: Littleton
Song: When will I hold yoiu again
Dance: American Slow Waltz

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim and Kari historic viennese Waltz
Tim and Kari historic viennese Waltz

Student: Tim & Kari Berglund
City: Littleton
Song: Tennesee Waltz, Blue Danube segue
Dance: American Slow Waltz & Viennese Waltz

 

Larry & Sheryl dance drop
Larry & Sheryl dance drop

Student: Larry & Sheryl Gray
City: Centennial
Song: Ghostbusters
Dance: American Cha cha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig and robyn romantic Viennese Waltz Dance
Craig and robyn romantic Viennese Waltz Dance

When night cast her shadowy cloak we wrapped up with I know you from Malicifent, Ding Dong the witch is dead and this haunting performance with a cheeky pink lady and her handsome shadowy man as they pranced across the dance floor to the “Pink Panther” our final before we deterred to our grave selves and dismissed the humans with a, “Goodnight. Sleep tight.” And screeched the night away with a hearty dinner for all and much merriment and laughing till sun stroked the sky with golden fingers and we pulled our coffins closed. To wait, to rest, and dance again…next year.

Robyn and Bill Ding dong swing dance
Robyn and Bill Ding dong swing dance

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Littleton’s own Zombie crawl where Zombies learn to dance the monster mash at Adventures In Dance.

Littleton’s own Zombie crawl where Zombies learn to dance the monster mash at Adventures In Dance.

Holly teacher Thriller line dance at Adventures in dance Littleton Co
Holly teacher Thriller line dance at Adventures in dance Littleton Co

Zombies from all over gathered at Adventures in Dance for the annual Zombie Crawl. Robyn Collins and William Hooker took them in and taught them a move or two. They got down with some cool line dance moves. They did the monster mash, and the electric slide. The blood oozed as they got their moves before crawling down Littleton blvd. into downtown Littleton where they tore into some roast pig. Thank you to the Adventures in dance youth squad for assisting in demonstrating dances to the living dead. It just proves dead men can dance, and so can you at Adventures in dance.

Robyn and Bill ding dong witch jive ballroom dance
Robyn and Bill ding dong witch jive ballroom dance

Here is Robyn’s review of this event Zombies, decayed walking and flesh craving bodies that wander the side walk. That’s definitely not normal. Maybe on TV shows like The Walking Dead but in Littleton? Now that is a shock on an early Saturday morning. But these zombies weren’t out on the hunt for humans. Sure they wanted flesh but they also wanted fun too! Who doesn’t want to shamble down the street with a big pack of other un-fresh pals and scare the daylights out of the average Joe? With gruesome costumes to boot too! Pass the blood please my skin keeps falling off. At 12 they started their gruesome tour down the hill from the Woodlawn shopping on their, not so long, trek down to Reinkies parking lot. Fortunately there was only one fatality from this onslaught of dead onlookers. Poor guy didn’t stand a chance…but one wouldn’t expect a roasted pig to be able to run and escape when he’s skewered and toasting deliciously over a fire. Mmmmmm! Pass a leg please. With their common craving for flesh satisfied, for now, the zombies are far from finished. They listen to music, providing they still can hear, and complement each on their state of decay. Oh please, you know you’d want to ask one where they got that perfectly wonderful intestine from, and how it tastes! Curious onlookers keep careful watch from afar, some more brave even stride out and mingle amidst them, while the rest keep careful distance and skirt as far away from them as they can. Unfortunetly the fun can’t last forever and the dead do need to rest. They groan good-bye and shamble to their grave’s to take a long nap and come again. Maybe next year. Or maybe sooner?

Zombies walk down littleton Blvd for pig roast.
Zombies walk down littleton Blvd for pig roast.

 

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Real fall ballroom wedding routines by Denver, Littleton, and Highlands Ranch couples to overcome stage fright.

Wedding white ballroom dance happily ever after in denver and highlands ranch
Wedding white ballroom dance happily ever after in denver and highlands ranch

Real fall ballroom wedding routines by Denver, Littleton, and Highlands Ranch couples to overcome stage fright.

Fall weddings are lovely, and many couples get into the spirit of the season. I love working with couples on designing their choreography around a theme. Halloween weddings can be chillingly wonderful.

Here is a video of some of our real couples from Adventures in Dance performing pieces of their fall wedding dance routines at our Mon-stars showcase. They have chosen Halloween costumes to fit their demonstration.

Benefits of a pre-wedding performance:

  1. Learn how to deal with stage fright
  2. Overcome stopping for mistakes
  3. Overcome wardrobe issues
  4. Build confidence
  5. A sense of accomplishment.

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Real fall wedding dance couples graduate ballroom dance at Adventures in Dance

Real wedding couples graduating from Adventures in Dance this fall.

Dustin Emmons and Emily Hamilton of Littleton graduate ballroom dance for their first dance doing a Foxie, and swing
Dustin Emmons and Emily Hamilton of Littleton graduate ballroom dance for their first dance doing a Foxie, and swing

 

 

 

  • Way to go Dustin Emmons and Emily Hamilton of Littleton. They are getting married Saturday September 20th   in Westcliffe Colorado and their colors are turquoise and coral. They are dancing a Foxy and a Swing  for their first dance to “This Girl ” by Punch Brothers. They were a delightful couple with a lot of talent! We look forward to working with them again soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to Ben Haynes and Elise Mariner  of Denver graduating ballroom dance for their first dance to a night club two step, Swing, and county two step.
to Ben Haynes and Elise Mariner of Denver graduating ballroom dance for their first dance to a night club two step, Swing, and county two step.

 

 

Congratulations to Ben Haynes and Elise Mariner  of Denver for preparing their first dance with Adventures in Dance! They are tying the knot at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons Co. on Saturday September 27th  and her colors are navy and yellow. We loved teaching their Night club two step, Swing, Country two step medley  first dance to “The way I am “, Ingrid Michaelson, “You make my dreams come true”, Hall & oats, “The World”, Brad Paisley. I am looking for great things from this couple in the future with their ballroom dancing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Woodley and Hayley Nelson of Denver graduating ballroom dance for their first dance with a rumba box step.
James Woodley and Hayley Nelson of Denver graduating ballroom dance for their first dance with a rumba box step.

 

 

Good job James Woodley and Hayley Nelson of Denver. Thank you James for your service as a Marine-My son was one as well. Sempra Fi.
They are getting married Friday September 26th  at the Evergreen Lake house  in Evergreen and her colors are navy and brown leather. They are dancing a Box for their first dance to their custom song  by her cousin. They also inspired her family Alanson and Ralph to dance for the wedding and to go out country dancing weekly. This was a  delightful family of dancers to work with and I look forward to doing more in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you all for being a blessing in our lives! Dance with happy feet now and forever. Do feel free to leave a comment, or let us know how your wedding went. I love hearing about in and seeing the pictures after! Always feel free to send pictures.

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Congratulations-South Denver, north Highlands ranch couple take top marks at Ballroom dance competition

Congratulations-Adventures in Dance couple take top marks at Ballroom dance competition

Spring Ballroom dance winners Robyn and William from south Denver, north Highlands Ranch.
Spring Ballroom dance winners Robyn and William from south Denver, north Highlands Ranch.

On a sunny Saturday September 20th, couples from all over Colorado (Denver, Highlands Ranch, Englewood,Ken Caryl Valley, ect.), gathered to strut their stuff at the U.S.A. dance amateur couple’s ballroom dance competition. Holly Collins, the owner of Adventures in Dance was invited to judge all of these talented and hard working couples. It was a pleasure to see everyone presenting their best.

 

Fall Ballroom dance winners Robyn and William from south Denver, north Highlands Ranch.
Fall Ballroom dance winners Robyn and William from south Denver, north Highlands Ranch.

Robyn Collins and William hooker from Adventures in Dance were competing in their international style Latin Samba, Cha cha, Rumba, Jive, Ballroom dances, Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, and their American Smooth Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz. They took first in all their international style and most of their American style dances. Many of the dancers commented on how good they were looking at this event. We expect great things from this couple.

 

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Adventures in Dance Waltzes into the Littleton Scavenger hunt by Historic Littleton

Historic ballroom Dance downtown Littleton scavenger hunt
Historic ballroom Dance downtown Littleton scavenger hunt

 

It was a picture perfect Saturday September 13th, when the Littleton scavenger hunt kicked off. Lively tunes were tinkling in front of Town hall thanks to the Rooting Tooting Dixieland Band. At an hour to noon, Robyn & Bill from Adventures in Dance waltzed onto this historic scene. In Victorian garb, they waltzed, fox-trotted and quickstepped in front of Old Town Hall. As they caught their breath they talked to interested sleuth’s looking for clues in this fun downtown event.

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Historic ballroom Dance downtown Littleton scavenger hunt
Historic ballroom Dance downtown Littleton scavenger hunt

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