Best Swing Dance Clubs in Washington, D.C.

October 15, 2015 8:00 AM

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Swing dance is a genre of dancing that evolved out of the swing style music in the 30s, 40s and 50s. Swing dance has several subtypes, including Lindy Hop, Shag and the popular West Coast Swing. Growing in popularity over the last few years, swing dance has generated the creation of swing dance clubs and dance parties. If you want to learn how to swing dance or try out the moves you already have, D.C. has several clubs and ballrooms that offer weekly parties along with free dance lessons.
Chevy Chase Ballroom
5207 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 363-8344

The Chevy Chase Ballroom has been serving D.C. for over 45 years. The owners, both world-class dancers, have put together a talented staff that can teach anyone from novices to professionals. In addition to lessons and competitions, the ballroom also hosts the “Gotta Swing Dance Party” a couple of times a month. The event starts off with beginner and intermediate classes from 7 to 9 p.m. and concludes with a dance party from 9 to 11 p.m. The party is produced by Gotta Swing and costs $5. Go to for dates and sign-up information.

The Jam Cellar
Josephine Butler Parks Center
2437 15th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 569-8329

The Jam Cellar swing dance party takes place every Tuesday night at the magnificent Josephine Butler Parks Center Mansion. The party hosts the best swing DJs in town and offers something for dancers of all levels. Free beginner dance lessons are offered before the party at 8 p.m., along with structured classes for more experienced dancers. The cost is $8 for the dance party and lessons start at $15. 

Mobtown Ballroom
861 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21230 
(443) 699-3040

The historic Pigtown neighborhood in Baltimore is home to the classic Mobtown Ballroom. The remodeled church is now a ballroom with a new 3,000-square-foot oak dance floor. Dance parties are held every Monday and Friday night, with the exception of the Christmas and New Years holidays. Before each dance, Mobtown holds a beginner lesson in East Coast Swing style. Dance lessons are $5 and the party is priced at $7 on Friday and $5 on Mondays. Lessons start 8 p.m. and the dance starts at 9 p.m.

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Glen Echo Park Partnership For Arts And Culture
7300 Macarthur Blvd
Glen Echo, MD 20812
(301) 634-2222

The Glen Echo Park Center is a partnership between Montgomery County and the National Park Service. The center’s programming includes music, photography, glasswork painting and an extensive social dance program. In addition to swing dance lessons, Echo Park has a dance party every night in the “back room” behind the Spanish Ballroom. Lessons start at 8:15 p.m. and the dance party portion runs from 9 to 11:30 p.m. The dance party is sponsored by Capital Blues.

Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center
2126 Industrial Parkway
Silver Spring, MD 20904
(301) 326-1181

The Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center is one of the largest climate-controlled ballrooms in the D.C. area. It is also one of the few dance centers that offers refreshments, including beer and wine during dances. West Coast Swing Night is every Friday and runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Lessons start at 7:30 p.m. and can be beneficial to both beginners and experienced dancers. The lessons run in a four-week series, beginning on the first Friday of every month. The cover charge is $15, but first-time students get in free before 7:30 p.m.

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