Getting out and about, having the opportunity to wear something James-Bond-syle for the guys or with a hint of movie-star style for the ladies, the music, the low lights, the glamour… what’s not to like about dancing? And what’s better than free lessons across the city for every night of the week? Check out this list for the skinny on how to get your groove on – beginners welcome!
Hollywood Ballroom, Silver Spring, MD
Looking to spice up your Sunday? It may be the traditional day of rest, but really – what could make one make more of a joyful noise than a spacious dance floor – the largest floating dance floor in the area, as a matter of fact – coupled with a free dance lesson? At Hollywood Ballroom, they have a rotation of free dance lessons for beginners, ranging from Foxtrot to Tango (fair warning, though, cover for the whole shebang is about $15). So if you’re looking for a little variety and a lot of room, this inconspicuous gem in the middle of the Silver Spring warehouse district a nice surprise.
The Jam Cellar, Washington, DC
The Jam Cellar is a place like no other, and you won’t find more quick-steppin’ fun on a Tuesday. Not only do they have a free hour-long lesson for beginners, it usually bleeds into a (paid) social dance party so you can try out your newly-learned moves real time. It’s the perfect place to get some basic moves, then go out on the dance floor and boogie – in an old-school mansion-like setting, to boot!
El Centro, Washington, DC
Wednesday night is always a good night to go blow off that mid-week steam with a little salsa – and there’s no better place than El Centro in Georgetown. Whether you’re up for walking along the Georgetown waterfront before their 9:00 pm lesson to watch the sunset, or at the end of the night to cool down like the rock star you are, the hour-or-longer salsa lesson is the best deal to be found in the city on hump day. Combine that with their $5 margaritas that run through the night, and no one has an excuse not to dance!
Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD
Just to mix it up, Thursdays are Blues day at Glen Echo, the iconic theme park-turned-dance-hall-and-art-gallery. This old school venue still retains all the retro charm of its construction from the early 1900s as an amusement park, but now it’s ten times classier. There are blues dance lessons on Sunday ($8 cover, but so worth it), but the venue itself offers everything from contra dance, to ballroom with a full band, to open entrance to view in-house artists’ latest pottery creations and more.
Cafe Citron, Washington, DC
If you’re a Latin dance aficionado, you can’t miss out on Cafe Citron’s free salsa dance lessons on Friday night – after all, what better way to start the weekend than with a little hip-shakin’ groove? Beginners are always welcome, and the dance party after is for those just being introduced to the smokin’ hot world of salsa and those who are intimately familiar with its seductive ways. It is, hands down, the best way to kick off your three days of bliss.