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, 12:30pm-1pm class FREE Lindy in the Park, Golden Gate Park, SF, CA.
3rd Sundays Vintage Dance 4pm-6:30pm; sometimes workshops at 3pm $15 ($10 for students) Varsity Dance Club (Facebook group) with music from 1900-1935 by the Paul Price Society Orchestra, Palo Alto Masonic ballroom, 461 Florence (off University).
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.
Tuesdays Varies (see website for details) Five 1-hour class series (7pm, 8pm, 9pm), no dance ~$40 for each 1-hour 5-week series (~$25 for students) Couple Dancing with Richard Powers 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 7-9:30pm class, 9:40pm-midnight dance $20 for drop-in class, $10 for dance Tuesday Night Jump! at Verdi Club, San Francisco, CA. Live music by Stompy Jones
Wednesdays Lindy Hop 7-9pm class, 9pm-midnight dance $14 for drop-in class, $7 for danceWednesday Night Hop! at Cheryl Burke Dance (formerly Starlite Dance Club), Mountain View, CA.
Wednesdays Blues 7-8pm class, 8pm-11pm dance $6-16 Beat the Blues! at La Peña in Berkeley, CA.
Wednesdays Swing 7-9pm class, 9pm-midnight dance $15 for class and dance, $8 for dance (+$5 on band nights) Cat's Corner at Savanna Jazz Club, 2937 Mission Street @ 25th, SF, CA.
Wednesdays Swing 6-8pm classes, 8-10:45pm dance $15 for 1 class; $18 for 2 classes (includes dance); $8 for dance only The Dancers' Den at Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704.
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 7-9pm (class), 9pm-midnight dance $12 for class/dance, $8 for just dance Friday Night Waltz (FNW), First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto, CA. Friendly, casual dress.
1st/3rd Fridays, typically Swing, Shag, Balboa, Blues 8-8:30pm lindy lab, 8:30pm-midnight social dancing $8 (before 8:30pm: $5) For Dancers Only, Sunnyvale Community Center, 950 Michaelangelo Drive, Sunnyvale, 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.
2nd Saturdays (usually) Lindy Hop 6-9pm-ish (class/lecture), 9pm-midnight (dance) $7-25 estimate Epic Swing, On hiatus?
3rd Saturdays Lindy Hop 8-9pm drop-in class, 9pm-midnight dance $12 for class and dance The Bootleggers Ball, On hiatus?

Upcoming Dance Events

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September 2014

October 2014

November 2014

December 2014

January 2015

Danse Libre performs Music & Dance of the Golden Age of Hollywood with the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra.
16 January 2015 at San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N Delaware St, San Mateo, CA 94401.
17 Janury 2015 at Flint Center for the Performing Arts, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA.

February 2015

June 2015

Danse Libre performs Ragtime era dances at the 2015 Panama-Pacific Centennial Celebration, June 2015 (two weekends), San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco, CA.

July 2015

Some Recurring Events

Regular Lessons

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.

  • Tuesdays, 7-10pm, three 1-hour class series, monthly series, ~$40 for each series (~$25 for students), First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA, Couple Dancing Classes with Richard Powers.

Local Dance Instructors

  • Jeff Kellem — private coaching: social and vintage dance, focusing on connection and helping students feel comfortable dancing, and wedding preparation. Also the maintainer of dancecircle.org.
  • Richard Powers — social and vintage dance at Stanford and around the world.
  • Joan Walton — Vintage dance, tap dance, social/ballroom dance.
  • Carla Heiney — Carla runs Lindy Central and The Rhythm Lounge and teaches Lindy Hop around the world.
  • Anna Botelho (taking a break from teaching)

Dance Supply Shops

  • Ballroom Connection - good shoe selection, +1 408 773 8833, 1111 W. El Camino Real, Suite 219, Sunnyvale, CA 94087 (near Fresh Choice and Longs Drugs)
  • CLOSED: Dance Attire, +1 650 965 4282, 1350 Grant Road, Suite 8, Mountain View, CA 94040

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