Social dancing is great whether you are an experienced dancer or a first timer. It’s a wonderful way to meet new people and will greatly increase your leading and following skills. Later I’m going to do a whole post dedicated to the benefits of social dancing, but for now let me give you my favorite places to go out dancing in the Dallas Fort-Worth metroplex!
Red River Dallas – I love the atmosphere of this place, it has a race-track dance floor with a bar in the middle and a bedazzled saddle hanging from the ceiling like a disco ball. They offer two-stepping lessons Thursday and Friday nights as well as west coast swing lessons on Wednesdays. It’s usually free cover if you arrive by 8 or 9pm (depending on the night) and like $8 after that. They even have a mechanical bull if you want to take a break from dancing
Billy Bobs – Iconic “World’s Largest Honkey Tonk” located in Fort Worth. Just like the name suggests it’s hugggeee. There are multiple dance floors and stages for live performers, plus it has an adjacent area where you can watch real bull riding on some weekends #SoTexas. They bring in a ton of country performers which is great, but can increase the cost to get in so be sure to check their website. They offer not only two-stepping classes, but also line dancing classes earlier in the evening (think Footloose style).
Blue Mesa Grill – The location in Addison transforms the restaurant into a dance club every Saturday night. The real dancers go here. Dance floor is always packed. Very short lesson offered beforehand. DJ plays a mix of salsa, bachata, and merengue. Dancing goes until 3am and they serve a free buffet at 2am (if you can make it that long and aren’t a grandma like me). The only thing I don’t like about dancing here is that you have to buy water. Despite being a restaurant, they won’t give you a glass of tap water for free. When you’re dancing up a storm in a crowded room, you need water.
Pura Salsa– This is an organization, not associated with any one dance studio.Socials occur twice a month in both Dallas and Fort Worth in dance studios. You can BYOB. You’ll find a mix of skill levels here, but most actually bring dance shoes to change into. They offer a lesson beforehand too, and break in the middle of the social for performances from local troupes. Sometimes the location will have more than 1 room and dedicate them to different styles of dance (Salsa room, Bachata room, Zouk room, etc.). Check out their facebook group to stay in the loop.
Sons of Herman – Come out on Wednesdays for swing dancing (mostly east coast and lindy hop). I’ve only been here once but had a fabulous time. Huge crowd, mix of all skill levels. Located in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas, so walking distance from lots of bars and restaurants. Historic old building. Lesson from 8-9pm and then social dancing 9pm-midnight, $12 cover.
USA Dance– this recommendation isn’t just for DFW residents, there are over 150 USA dance chapters all over the country. I often go out to the socials that USA Dance Dallas does on the first Saturday of the month. They play everything from waltz and tango, to hustle and chacha. The night starts with a free lesson from 7:30-8:30pm, and then social dancing runs 8:30-11:30pm. There are often well over 100 people in attendance and I love the big dance floor.
What are your favorites? Any new places I should check out? Let me know in the comments below. And contact me if you want to write a guest post about the best places to go out social dancing in your town!