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Where can I go dancing?


Lucky you!  Seattle is a mecca for social partner dancing.  You can find almost any kind of dancing happening every day (or night) of the week in and around Seattle.  Here’s a few places to get you started.  

Start in your own neighborhood.  There are pubs, clubs, taverns and community watering holes all over town that have dance floors from tiny to pretty good sized.  You might find a favorite just around the block.  

Then be sure to check out venues outside your area, too.  There’s lots of great dancing out there and each venue has its own personality, style, and “flavor” of music and dancing, no matter what they are playing.  You’re sure to find several favorites. Click on the logos to link directly to these websites.


Neighborhood Dance Halls


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Lake City



Great dancing on Monday nights on a huge wooden floor, in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere where we play lots of music for waltzing, plus swing, blues and latin dances, from right here at home and around the world — and from both halves of the last century and right up to today. We teach a beginning lesson before each dance. It’s drop-in and progressive, no previous experience needed and no need to pre-register. Start any time.  Come for the lesson or the dance, or both.

We have an egalitarian approach to partner dancing that’s innovative, unique and ‘enlightened’ even! Nothing hard, nothing scary, we’re here for the fun! Click on the logo above for more information.


Ballard

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Zachariah holds two dances in the upstairs ballroom of the Salmon Bay Eagles — waltz and other dances on Mondays, tango and other dances on Wednesdays — on a beautiful hardwood ballroom floor. He caters to experienced dancers and welcomes everyone. While many in this group have danced together for as long as 20 years — they’re an open and friendly group, willing to experiment and try new things. There’s more on his website. Click on the logo, above.



Bothell

Jodi Fleischman (the queen of LFB) is a sweetheart and a fire-ball. And she puts on a great dance with some of every kind of music, especially country, a friendly crowd and good pot-luck snacky food.  She holds her dances monthly, very often with great live bands.  This is an all-ages venue.  Click on the logo to go to the website for dates and current band info.



Greenlake and Capitol Hill 


The focus here is on East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Balboa and Blues.  They have semi-monthly and weekly dances in several locations around town.  Click the logo to get the scoop directly from their website. 


 

Capitol Hill


This place is huge and it’s always hopping.  Two beautiful dance floors and a restaurant, dances happening every night (and day) of the week — sometimes two or three.  You can find some of really everything here in a mixture of recorded and live music dances. This venue has some all-ages dances.  Check the calendar. Click the logo for more information.



West Seattle

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This is a membership club but you don’t need to be a member to attend their dances.  They focus exclusively on west coast swing and while their main location is the Alki Masonic Hall in West Seattle, you can find out about several west coast swing dance locations on their website.  Note: the Alki Masonic Hall is not down on Alki. It’s on Fauntleroy Ave near the Junction, so check the address and a map before you go.) Click the logo for more information.



Queen Anne

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These dances are held twice monthly with live music from a variety of different bands.  Some of everything here, though the emphasis at each dance depends on the band.  Lots of swing-able music.  This is an all-ages venue.  Click the logo for details.



Central District


Pam Johnson holds a monthly salsa party in this beautiful new studio.  She’s a bundle of smiling, friendly energy, the dancers are welcoming, the music is great and her dances are loads of fun.  If you’re newer to Salsa this venue may be more inviting than a huge, anonymous club full of strangers.  This is an all-ages venue.  To learn more, click on the logo and scroll down to “Salsa dance party.”




Capitol Hill 

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Tony Fan and Ilana Rubin hold a weekly tango dance at their studio, Dance Underground.  It’s always a lovely affair with great tango music -- sometimes live -- bistro tables, table cloths, lighted candles and delicious refreshments. Ilana transforms the studio into a wonderful tango club atmosphere.  Click the logo to find out more.



Clubs & Restaurants


Pioneer Square


This great restaurant and bar sits in the heart of old town, Pioneer Square, (under the “Rooms 75¢” sign).  It sports a cozy and funky old wooden dance floor, and offers live blues and jazz music nightly, played by local, regional and national musicians.  It’s a local hot spot for seasoned dancers who love the music, so come for dinner & drinks and the impromptu “show,” come to dance, or come for some of it all.  This is an all-ages venue in the dining room where the dance floor is.  Click the logo to see who’s playing, when.



Seattle Waterfront


If you love the blues, this is the place in Seattle.  Inspired by the juke joints of the south and the blues clubs of Chicago, they offer real-live, down-to-earth blues almost every night of the week.  And you can get it here in any style that you like.  Click the logo for a tour of the club and a calendar of events.



Ballard

The tractor is an icon in Ballard.  A wonderfully funky venue in historic old-town Ballard, they book music for concerts as well as for dancing in a wide variety of genres.  You’ll find music from rock, country, alt/country, rockabilly, groove, psychedelic, Celtic  folk, blues, jazz and more, and as taverns go, their dance floor is huge.  Click the logo to check out their calendar before you go.





Located at 5216 20th Ave NW in Ballard, this is a great blues venue, the Salmon Bay Eagles claim their fame as the longest continuous blues venue in town, and winner of multiple “Best of the Blues” awards from the Washington Blues Society.  They are open to the public for dancing on Thursday  Friday and Saturday nights, and they offer the best blues musicians “you may never have heard of” if you’re a newbie to the blues scene.  The old pros already know about these guys.  Great neighborhood atmosphere, great music and dancing, and they offer a teen night.  Click the logo for their calendar.



Greenlake

 

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Located at 7115 Woodlawn Ave NE in the heart of Greenlake, this place jumps, and it’s always crowded with happy country dancers.  The dance floor is decent size as tavern dance floors go and always full, the music rocks.  And they have an extensive food menu for refueling while you dance.  Whether you think you like country dancing or not, try it.  You’ll probably like it!  Click the logo for more information and a calendar.

 

 


Regional Venues

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Whidbey Island and Ballard

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This one was started by Walter Dill, the “Pied Piper of Dance” in the Seattle area.  He is the real life father of social dancing in the Pacific Northwest, and the reason Seattle is a mecca for dancers from all over the world.  If you live near Whidbey or on the island, have reason to visit this lovely island, or would like a reason to visit this lovely island -- check out the website and plan your trip out there to dance.  You’ll have a wonderful time. 

PS Walter and his daughter Celina are teaching in Ballard, now, too, so you can meet him right here in town and take a class.  Click the logo to learn more.




Portland, Oregon

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Visiting Portland or want a weekend away?  Check out what’s happening at our namesake in Oregon and plan to go dancing with them. They meet regularly to dance waltz, blues, swing, latin and other dances.  You’ll have a great time.  Click the logo for more information.




Special Links


Dance Classes for Engaged Couples



Angela teaches classes designed specifically for engaged couples who want to learn to dance for their weddings.   She is a beautiful dancer, an empathic, caring person, and a highly skilled teacher.  She’s an excellent resource for lessons before your wedding.  Click the logo to learn more.





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