Bay Area Dance

Places to Dance or Take Lessons

Regular Dance Events

All of these events are great events. Most dances include classes beforehand. Some of my personal favorites are  highlighted .

Day Style Times Cost Estimate Event Location
Last Sundays Lindy Hop noon-2:30pm dance, 1-1:30pm mini-lesson — Summers FREE Lindy in the Square in Redwood City, 2200 Broadway St, Redwood City, CA.
Sundays Lindy Hop 11am-2pm dance, noon-12:30pm class FREE Lindy in the Park, Golden Gate Park (Close to the De Young Museum and Cal Academy of Sciences), SF, CA.
3rd Sundays Vintage Dance 4pm-6:30pm; sometimes workshops at 3pm $15 ($10 for members; $5 for first-timers) Castle House Vintage Dance (formerly Varsity Dance Club) with music from 1900-1935 by the Paul Price Society Orchestra, Palo Alto Masonic ballroom, 461 Florence (off University).
Mondays Lindy Hop 7:30-8:30pm intermediate class, 8:30-9:30pm beginner/fundamentals class, 9:30-11:45pm dance $??? San Jose Swing (Facebook), 3595 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95117-1047. Note: Grand opening on Monday, 6 January 2020!
Mondays Blues/Fusion 8-9pm beginner/intermediate classes, 9pm-midnight dance $15 for class/dance, $8 for only the dance ($12/$5 for students). Shades of Blues (Facebook page), Polish Club, 3040 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA.
Mondays Gypsy Jazz, Swing 7-10pm FREE Mr. Tipple's Recording Studio, 39 Fell St, SF, CA. Live music by Le Jazz Hot.
Tuesdays Varies (see website for details) Five to Seven week 1-hour class series (7pm, 8pm, 9pm), no dance ~$55 for each 1-hour 7-week series (~$40 for students) Couple Dancing! at First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto, CA.
Tuesdays Varies 6-8pm — Summers - Jun through Sep FREE (demos, lesson, dancing) Dancing on the Square on Courthouse Square, Redwood City, CA.
Tuesdays Hustle 8-9pm class, 9pm-midnight dance $10 for class/dance or dance Hustle Dance Club at CPAA Arts Center, San Jose, CA.
Tuesdays Lindy Hop 7-9:15pm classes, 9-11:30pm dance $20 for drop-in class, $10 for dance The Woodchopper's Ball at Verdi Club, San Francisco, CA. Live music.
Tuesdays Lindy Hop 8-11pm ?? Local Edition, 691 Market St., SF, CA. Live music by The Cosmo Alleycats.
Tuesdays Lindy Hop 6:30-8:30pm class, 8:30-11pm dance $8 for dance ($6 for students), $55 for class series ($15 drp-in when available) The Breakaway at the Starline Social Club ballroom, 645 West Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA.
Wednesdays Lindy Hop 7-9pm class, 9pm-midnight dance $16 for drop-in class, $8 for dance ($12 on band nights) Wednesday Night Hop! at First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA.
Wednesdays Blues 7-8pm class, 8pm-11pm dance $6-16 Beat the Blues! at La Peña in Berkeley, CA.
Wednesdays Swing 7:30-9:30pm classes, 9:30pm-midnight dance $15-20 for class and dance, $10 for dance Cat's Corner at Ukrainian American Hall (or Swedish American Hall), SF, CA; check website to verify location.
Thursdays Blues/Fusion 7-8pm social hour & blues tips for Westies, 8-9pm beginning blues class, 9pm-midnight dance $12 for lesson and dance (arrive before 7:30pm: $8), $10 for dance only South Bay Fusion at dance studio above Napa Auto Parts store, 560 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94062.
Thursdays Swing 7:20-9:20pm classes, 9:20pm-midnight dance $14 drop in for class (includes dance), $8 for just the dance 9:20 Special at Russian Center, 2460 Sutter St, SF, CA 94115.
Thursdays West Coast Swing 7:45-9:45pm class only, No Dance $36 for the 4-week series Michelle's Swing Dance WCS classes at New Century Dance Studio in Mountain View, CA
Thursdays Swing 7:30-9pm classes, 9pm-12:30am dance with live music and DJ $5; Note: Must be age 21+. Swingin' at the Rack, The Saddle Rack, 42011 Boscell Road, Fremont, CA. 21+. Run by the San Francisco Jitterbugs.
Fridays Social Ballroom, Vintage Dance 7-9pm (class), 9pm-midnight dance $12 for class/dance, $8 for just dance Friday Night Waltz (FNW), First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA. Friendly, casual dress.
1st/3rd Fridays; 5th Fridays: Balboa focus Swing, Shag, Balboa, Blues 8:30-9pm lindy lab, 9pm-midnight social dancing $8 For Dancers Only, Sunnyvale Community Center, 950 Michaelangelo Drive, Sunnyvale, CA
2nd Fridays Swing 7-9pm classes, 9-11:30pm dance $20 for 1 class; $25 for 2 classes (includes dance); $15 for dance only The Dancers' Den at Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, #290, Oakland, CA.
Fridays Blues 8-10pm classes, 10pm-2am dance $15 for class/dance, $10 for dance only ($11/$7 for students) Friday Night Blues at Studio Gracia, 19 Heron St, SF, CA. No partner needed; all ages.
2nd/4th Saturdays Blues/Fusion 7-9pm (class), 9pm until late (dance) Donation based: $12-20 for class/dance ($8-12 for students) FBomb Fusion Dance (Facebook page), Ariel Dance Productions, 2385 S. Winchester Blvd, Campbell, CA 95008
Saturdays (once a month) Swing 7-9pm (class), 9pm-midnight dance $8-$18 estimate The Rhythm Lounge, The Burlingame Woman's Club, 241 Park Rd, Burlingame, CA 94011 (near the Burlingame Caltrain station).
Saturdays Lindy Hop 11:45am-2pm, 11:45am-12:15pm class FREE Lindy on Sproul, UC Berkeley's Upper Sproul.
2nd Saturdays Social Ballroom 7-9pm (class), 9pm-midnight dance $12 for class/dance, $8 for just dance East Bay Waltz, Oakland Veterans Hall, 200 Grand Avenue (cross street is Harrison), Oakland, CA. Friendly, casual dress.
Saturdays (once a month), except November/December Lindy Hop 8:30-9pm drop-in class, 9pm-midnight dance $15 for class and dance The Bootleggers Ball at the SF Community Music Center, 544 Capp St., SF, CA

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Most of the dances around the area also seem to include inexpensive lessons before their dances. Attend the group class and stay for the dancing.

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