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9 Places to Go Social Dancing Around DC

Dance around town at a salsa club, swing class, or square dance getaway.

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Find your groove and move your feet at one of these local social dance events. Whether you like to salsa or swing dance, here are some great options:

1. Bossa

location_on Adams Morgan

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If you’re looking for a flexible dance schedule, Bossa may be the place for you—there’s different dance every day. You can visit the Adams Morgan bistro, lounge, and art gallery to shake your hips to the rhythms of live conga drums or DJ-spun Latin pop across the two-level dance floor (free+).


2. New Columbia Swing

location_on Columbia Heights

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You don’t need a dance partner to find your groove at New Columbia Social, held at the Josephine Butler Parks Center. Once a week, there’s a drop-in swing dance lesson where new dancers can practice their Lindy Hop moves; then, they can show them off at the social dance, featuring live band and DJ nights (*$10+ DJ nights, $5+ for live music nights).


3. Cafe Citron

location_on Dupont Circle

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Thursdays – Saturdays

Cafe Citron’s introductory dance class has been teaching salsa newbies the basics of the Latin two-step for a while now. You can prep your twirls and footwork at the restaurant’s Wednesday night lesson, followed by a practice run at the social dance (*$10 cover Thurs, $20 food and beverage minimum Fri-Sat).


4. Casta’s Rum Bar

location_on Dupont Circle

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This free dance lesson comes with all-day happy hour deals. Once a week, salsa instructor Ricardo guides a dance class for all levels, beginners and experts alike, to practice Cuban-inspired routines (free).


5. Capital Blues

location_on Glen Echo

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Capital Blues hosts social dances, workshops, and classes to teach jazz-lovers the art of blues dancing—a slower alternative to swing. Once a week, instructors teach beginner dance lessons. After the class, live DJs open up the social dance floor with a mix of blues, swing, and soul ($8).


6. Sauf Haus

location_on Dupont Circle

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Make new friends, or a new dance buddy, at Sauf House’s Bachata night. Every Thursday, you can dance the night away on the patio with a live DJ, or join the hip-swaying fun in the Foosball room during the Bachata lesson and social dance (free).


7. Monumental Rhythms

location_on Downtown DC

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Select Sundays

Get moving outdoors at one of these downtown dance parties. On select Sundays, you and your friends can dance and mingle at Monumental Rhythm’s Latin meet-ups. Practice your salsa, Bachata, and other energy-filled choreography at picturesque Freedom Plaza or the Lincoln Memorial (free).


8. Chevy Chase Ballroom

location_on Chevy Chase

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Third Fridays

Chevy Chase Ballroom offers a full schedule of various dance classes, ranging from foxtrot to rumba. Once a month, the ballroom invites folks to discover the Argentine Tango and put their new steps into practice ($10).


9. DC Square Dance Collective

location_on Prince William County

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May 10-12

The DC Square Dance Collective throws pop-up dance events throughout the year where all ages and skill levels can come together to do-si-do. The next family-friendly social is Dare To Be Square DMV in collaboration with the Baltimore Square Dance at Prince William Forest Park. Dancers can learn clogging, listen to their favorite oldies, dine with friends, and  more ($90+).


An earlier version of this post did not include Cafe Citron’s Thursday and Friday dance schedule. Also, New Columbia Swing’s latest admission prices. We regret the error.

Briana A. Thomas is a local journalist, historian, and tour guide who specializes in the research of D.C. history and culture. She is the author of the Black history book, Black Broadway in Washington, D.C., a story that was first published in Washingtonian in 2016.