Make plans to attend the fifth annual New Year’s Eve event where FAC will be transformed into a partying cruise ship and the evening's festivities will include dancing, karaoke, performances, contests, dance lessons, art galleries, cash bars, a midnight champagne toast and more! Singles & couples welcome! Black tie optional; Dress-to-impress!


*UPDATE: PHOTOGRAPHY!* Be sure to get your picture taken by Adrian T. Baird photography. Adrian will be available to take professional portraits, starting as early as 6pm for early arrivers. Click on this link to Adrian's website to see prices for this event:!new-years-eve/c1eat

*UPDATE: HAIR STYLING BY JOSE!* Jose, along with additional hair stylists from Veda Salon, will be offering free, 'fun & quick' 10-15 minute, hair styling from 6pm-8pm. Walk-ins welcome, but please note, preference for the early slots will be given to those that will follow their hair styling with getting their portrait taken by Adrian T. Baird Photography; then, have reservations for dinner at 7pm in the Candlelight Ballroom (aka Cafe 36).

*UPDATE: HORS D'OEUVRES PARTY & WINE TASTING CANCELED* This has been canceled due to not enough people signing up in advance, but there are still seats available for the Three Course Dinner & Wine Tasting with a tango theme in the Candlelight Ballroom (aka Cafe 36) for an additional $50 per person (details below). Note: For the dinner, we have a special table that seats 6-8, reserved especially for singles! (Seating preferences for everyone will be on a first-come, first-served basis.)

*UPDATE: THREE COURSE DINNER WITH WINE TASTING: SPACE AVAIILABLE!* Extra $50 per person; Three course dinner and wine tasting with a tango theme starting promptly at 7pm in the Candlelight Ballroom (aka Café 36). Dinner will include a salad and dessert; plus, you be able to choose a beef, fish or vegetarian main dish. During the evening, prominent Argentine tango DJ & performer, John Miller, will provide a variety of tango, neo-nuevo, & alternative music for our listening and dancing enjoyment! Additionally, John will share with us the history of tango using music & commentary; plus, he will give us a special mini-dinner show by performing with his beautiful girlfriend & dance partner, Jesica!

COST FOR THIS EVENT: Payable to FAC. Credit cards accepted. Call FAC at[masked] or go online to make arrangements for payment.

$69 per person: Includes all entertainment and the midnight champagne toast.

$50 per person extra: Option to add the three-course dinner & wine tasting to the above cost (reservations required / limited availability for this option).

For more info, including a schedule of events for the evening, click on the following link:


*UPDATE: COMEDY SHOW!* Live comedians entertaining you in the NYC Theater District (aka The Movie Screening Room) from 10:30pm-11:30pm!

Argentine tango performers: John Miller & Jesica Cutler. See John and his dance partner, Amy, dancing a tango performance at last year's event:

Three separate rooms for dancing with the following DJs: John Sinnott (Black Box Nightclub/Music Room), Dean Baumann (Fire & Ice Tango Club/Deco Lounge), Steve Cary (Candlelight Ballroom/Cafe 36) and John Miller will be the DJ for the gourment wine tasting & sit-down dinner in the Candlelight Ballroom/Cafe 36.

Karaoke host & master entertainer: Tim McKenna will be your energetic and entertaining karaoke host in the fabulous New York City Karaoke Club (Glass Corridor). Come to sing and shake your booty in McKenna's NYC Karaoke Club!

Caricature artist: Artist, Kevin Cordtz will be in the Tropical Corridor (El Pomar Corridor) ready to draw a caricature of you and your date/friends. He will be drawing for most of the evening, but be sure to get your caricature drawn asap, so you don't miss the opportunity! Caricatures cost $5 a head and Kevin accepts cash only.

Art galleries: You may tour the FAC art museum between 7:30pm-9:30pm.

YouTube video of our 2012 New Year's Eve event at FAC:

Dance Contest

These are a list of the songs that will be used in the dance contest and they are all available for downloading on iTunes. You may choose any style of dance that you want for each song; furthermore, you may compete in all three songs, or just pick one or two. On the night of the event, be sure to sign-up with your partner 15 minutes before the contest begins. At that time, leaders will be given a number to wear. (Be sure to return your numbers after the contest.)

Judges for the contest will be John Sinnott, Jacqueline Keller, and (3rd judge tbd.) Prizes will be given to the winning couple for each of the three contest songs and runners-up will be announced too.

Freedom by Akon (Album: Freedom)

Tango by Jaci Velasquez (Album: Love Out Loud)

Unchained Melody by Tanz Orchester Klaus Hallen (Album: Elvis for Dancing, Vol.1)

Mini Dance Lessons

8:30pm-9:15pm Tango lesson with Dean in the Fire & Ice Tango Club (Deco Lounge); Beginning-to-intermediate level

9:30pm-10:00pm West Coast Swing lesson with John Sinnott in the Black Box Nightclub (Music Room); Intermediate level

Thank you in advance for supporting the Fine Arts Center of Colorado Springs by attending this fantastic New Year's Eve event!

Your New Year's Eve at FAC Event Organizers:

Richard & Debbie Love



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  • Ann

    Debbie and Richard, thank you again for hosting such a classy event! The FAC is always a lovely place to spend an evening. The dinner was excellent, as were the wine pairings. I'm still in heaven from the Carmel apple cheesecake and port! It was also truly great to meet and reconnect with meetup members. Wishing you the happiest of New Year's.

    January 1

  • Richard & Debbie L.

    For the dinner and wine tasting, please arrive promptly at 7pm! You will be greeted with a champagne teaser and, shortly afterwards, salads with wine pairings with be served.

    December 27

  • Richard & Debbie L.

    For the dinner and wine tasting, a table will be reserved for singles. It will be marked with a sign that says, 'Singles!'

    December 27

  • Richard & Debbie L.

    Hi Melissa, In the past four years that we have hosted this event, there have been a lot of singles, both men and women. We hope to see you on NYE! Debbie & Richard

    December 25

  • Richard & Debbie L.

    Ann, yes, quite a few people from our meetup group will be attending the wine tastings, hors d'oeuvres party and dinner events! Do you think we should reserve a table for singles?

    December 10

    • Ann

      Reserving a table/tables so that we may sit together as a group (couples and sinles) sounds like a great idea! :-)

      December 13

  • Melissa L.

    Are there plenty of single men at this event? I'm so tired of going out and being among only couples...

    December 10

  • Ann

    Hello Debbie and Richard! Work has kept me so busy this year, I've had little time for dancing; so i am truly looking forward to this event and reconnecting with everyone :-) Are there plans for the group to attend the additional wine tasting / dinner events?

    December 6

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