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Who We Are

Our Story

Our Mission
Fostering community enrichment through dance and the cultural arts in our elegant historical venue.
Our Vision
To be the prominent cultural center for the Colorado front range, focusing on community well-being through the cultural arts including activities, events, and education for dancing, visual arts, and other personal and social beneficial programs.
Who We Are

Founded in Denver in 1865, the Denver Turnverein is the oldest organization of its type in Colorado. We are affiliated with the national American Turners organization, started by German immigrants fleeing war torn Europe in 1848. Building on their core principle of “A Sound Mind in a Sound Body,” 

Turnverein clubs sprang up around the U.S. to promote social activities, physical fitness, and healthy minds. The Denver Turnverein is proud to have celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015.  In August, 2022 the Denver Turnverein celebrated its 100th anniversary in our historic building at 1570 N. Clarkson, Denver.

What We Offer

The Denver Turnverein is dedicated to promoting dance and the cultural arts as well as preserving our historic building for the benefit of the community. We provide a friendly and welcoming forum for affordable social dances, classes, workshops, and events.   Dances accompanied by introductory lessons are available every night of the week to get you started in Ballroom, Argentine Tango, Country, Lindy Hop, and West Coast Swing.  Our dances are attended by dancers of all levels.  You do not need a partner, singles and couples are welcome. We have plenty of free parking onsite in our lot, as well as an overflow lot at the bank one block north of us for our dance event nights. 

Our History

Our elegant and historic building was built in 1921 and features two dance floors, a large 4,000 square foot main ballroom with high ceilings, and chandeliers.  The lower-level ballroom, called the Rathskeller, offers a 2,500 plus square foot dance floor, historic 30 foot wood bar, and historic German murals.  For 75 years the building was used exclusively as a German club.  Since the mid-90's dancers have called this historic building home. 

Help us keep this Denver treasure available for generations to come, become a member or donate today.

Turnverein Chandelier Main Ballroom
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