One of the best international Blues dance events!
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.