One of the best international Blues dance events!
Dance, Learn, and Find Community at Mile High Blues
Mile High Blues is a 4-Day Blues-Focused Weekend featuring live music, classes, dancing, performances, competitions, and more! Join us to have a great time all weekend long!
On Saturday and Sunday and before the dances Friday and Saturday, we feature International and Top Notch Instructors teaching beginners to masters level Blues Dance classes plus a Fusion Track. Visit the Workshop Information Page to: find out how to audition; read more about Beginner Classes and Fusion Classes; and read all the class descriptions.
Live Blues Music and Dancing
Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, we have Live Blues Music from 9pm till 3am with Ronnie Shellist, Anthony Russo, G’Jai’s Jook Joint Band, Moses Walker, Johnny Long, Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles, and Sean Morse! Read more about our musicians, look up where to join us for dancing, and check out our price list for each show and dance.
Community Celebration, Performance, and Dancing
Thursday night, join us to celebrate our Community Leaders, watch inspiring performances, and dance with us until Midnight. Get your weekend started off right!
Are you new to Blues Dancing and don’t really know much of what it’s about? Read about and sign up for our Beginner Intensive here. Join us to have a great time, make new friends, and learn about the African American vernacular dance form called Blues!
Fusion Curious or Focused?
Want to join us to learn more about the Fusion dance community many of our participants are also a part of? This year, we have a dedicated Fusion track and Fusion music Friday-Sunday.
Make New Friends
Join us for the Thursday dance to warm yourself up for the weekend and the Welcome Party at 7pm on Friday night. Then, spend some time enjoying breakfast and the fabulous tunes of Ricky Earl on Sunday morning at Breakfast and Blues! Check out the Weekend Schedule here.
Read below to learn more about the vision we have at Mile High, our mission, the history of the event, who’s running it this year, and some of our community supporters.
Mile High Blues…
Is the bridge between the greater Colorado Blues music scene and the Colorado Blues dance scene.
Publicly and durably acknowledges and celebrates individual contributions and commitment to the development of Blues dance community, personal skill, education, performance and competition.
Fosters the appreciation for and development of a transformative relationship with the Blues in all of its rich history, context, and legacy.
Works to dismantle oppressive systems and prejudicial treatment of others due to one’s race, gender, and sexual orientation, in order to develop a safer more empowering space in which to dance.
Acknowledges, respects, and celebrates commonalities and differences in Blues and Fusion dance by concurrently engaging both communities in space and energy.
To promote and reinvest in the Colorado dance scene by inspiring Colorado dancers and members of the national community to come together and engage in a friendly, welcoming, and equitable education of Blues dance history, culture, music, movement, and connection, while developing strong and long lasting relationships with Blues dance and its community.
Blues Summit 2009
It all started with this funny guy, Scot. In 2009, Scot Mattson, Joe DeMers and Nelle DeMers started a weekly social dance, called the Blues Room. It was the hottest night of Blues social dancing in all of Denver (mostly because it was the only established night at the time)! Scot not only helped to manage the Blues Room, he lived at the most popular Blues dancers’ house. For most of us, getting together was just an excuse to turn the lights down low, the music up, and dance away the night. Scot had the crazy idea to bringing all of Colorado’s Blues dancers, as well as regional dancers, under one roof for an immersive experience of Blues. Thus, we begin our Mile High Blues journey!
Mile High Blues 2011
In 2011, Blues Summit had re-branded to become Mile High Blues. The vision changed to increase our emphasis on instruction, social dancing, and live music. By this time, we had developed a full team of volunteers and were driven by our passions to share Blues dance, music, and culture with more dancers. Dancers from all around the country began traveling to Mile High Blues to partake in the festivities. This was also the first year with a strictly.
Four years later
In 2015, leadership of Mile High Blues was passed to Joe DeMers and Aimee Eddins. They took the lead to continue the impact and legacy Mile High Blues has had on the Colorado Blues dance scene, as well as the national dance scene at large. Mile High Blues is recognized as one of the leading Blues dance events in the world for its thoughtful vision, good organization, and loving community.