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.
Mile High Blues inspires dancers and Blues enthusiasts in Colorado to appreciate, seek out and dance to live Blues music and establish relationships with local musicians and dance communities. Our dancers and musicians intimately inspire one another, leaving live music nights feeling energized and in love with the Blues. Workshops are co-instructed by musicians and dance teachers in which relationship(s) between music and dance are explored musically, culturally and kinesthetically.
Publicly and durably acknowledges and celebrates individual contributions and commitment to the development of Blues dance community, personal skill, education, performance and competition.
Mile High Blues acknowledges and honors the commitment of individuals who make significant contributions to the advancement, development, and preservation of Blues dance. In addition, we host performances and competitions to showcase the highest artistic standards of Blues movement, musicality, and expression. Dancers in Colorado study the Blues through participating in workshops, concerts, social activities, lectures, reading, dialogue, and studying with subject-matter experts.
Fosters the appreciation for and development of a transformative relationship with the Blues in all of its rich history, context, and legacy.
Dancers in Colorado honor Blues as a living and evolving tradition originating in African-American culture and lived experience. They acknowledge, study, and embody the wisdom, artistic contributions, and legacy of individuals who have shaped Blues and seek to develop a nuanced understanding of and relationship with the art form. Grounded in the spirit of and lessons taught by Blues, they engage with others from a place devoid of stereotypes and assumptions, intentionally work to right prejudice and discrimination, and work to foster a better world of mutual respect and understanding.
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.
Mile High Blues facilitates spaces and dialogue where individuals build awareness of and explore their relationship with social justice causes in racial equality, gender equality, and sexual orientation. Dancers in Colorado contribute to building a diverse, welcoming, and accountable community examining their privilege and how various backgrounds, such as being white, cis and privileged, may contribute to and blind them to larger issues of equality. They choose to develop and use tools to dismantle oppressive systems in and outside of dance to create a more just, empowering and inclusive society.
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.
Joe DeMers moved on to other projects and Aimee Eddins continues to lead the team. In 2017, the Mile High Blues team implemented a comprehensive Safer Spaces policy and continue to focus on providing engaging workshops, live music, and competitions for every level while also facilitating conversations about racial equity at and outside of the event. Still one of the leading Blues dance events in the world for its thoughtful vision, good organization, and loving community, Mile High Blues invites you to come see what it’s all about!
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! All information below is from 2017.
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. Visit the Workshop Information Page to: find out how to audition; read more about Beginner 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 (2017), we have a dedicated Fusion track and Fusion music Friday-Sunday. In 2018, there will no longer be a Fusion component to the weekend. But join us for Mile High Fusion instead! Read more here.
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.