This webpage offers information on (swing) dancing that is west of Boston with the demarcation line somewhere between Route 128 and I-495, but still east of the 413 area code. I suppose this makes this area Central Massachusetts. Some of the events/places mentioned here are technically outside Boston but they may also appear in the regular Boston listings (mostly because I felt like it). If something that is outside Boston but still close to the city, you might want to check the page for dancing in Boston or the Boston Calendar.

Any events and venues listed on this page can be cancelled without notice. Note that some of them are suspended during the summer. If you teach classes, hold workshops, play in a band, or hold dances, please read the list of frequently asked questions and follow the format guidelines when asking to have your information listed here.


Clubs and Organizations


General Information:

Dancers of Central Massachusetts
Information on dancing in that area west of Boston.

There's a whole section of this website for Argentine Tango



Places to Go Dancing

Club JoEllen (aka The Longfellow Dance Club)
Club JoEllen: Enter here
524 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Wayland, MA.
Contact the club at 508-358-7355 or 781-890-4542. Club JoEllen hosts regular dances and workshops throughout the month.

The Frohsinn Club
25 North Quinsignamon Avenue, Shrewsbury. For more information, contact Joe Brindisi.

Dance2Swing Studios
Leominster Elks Lodge, 134 North Main Street, Leominster. Weekly dancing on Sundays. Lesson at 6:00 pm, dancing 7:00-11:00 pm. For more information, contact Alan Cormier at 978-263-7220.

American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio
52 S. Quinsigamond Avenue - Maironis Park, Shrewsbury. Open dances on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Fridays, and on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Large dance floor, practice music, coffee service & light refreshments. For more information, contact the studio at 508-925-4537.

First Friday Swing
at the Scandinavian Atheletic Club, 438 Lake Street, Shrewsbury, featuring Dan Gabel and the Abletones on the first Friday of every month. Lesson at 7:15, dancing at 8:00pm. For more information, write to gabelmusic@gmail.com or call 774-280-1502.
New location: 11/1/13


Dining, Drinks, and Dancing

Some drinking and dining establishments will have live music in addition to their usual attractions. Some of them even have a dance floor and will feature familar bands that play at swing dances.

The Sherborn Inn
junction of routes 27 & 16, Sherborn.
The Sherborn Inn offers excellent dining with occasional live swing/big band music and a small dance floor. 508-655-9521.
Check ahead for their band schedule and see if they're playing "jazz" or "big band"; live music on Tuesdays and some Thursdays. The whole floor of the restaurant area is wooden so the dance floor is where the tables aren't. If I were going here, I'd dress up a little. Nice place for a date of dinner and dancing. (last visited 11/1/11)

Dante's at Firefly's Barbeque
350 East Main Street (Route 20), Marlboro. 508-357-8883. The entertainment in Dante's starts at 9:30 and will feature various acts including an occasional swingable band. Small 10'x10' dance floor in front of the band.
Firefly's has pretty good food. Can be pretty loud when the music starts. (Visited on 9/26/10).

Village Forge Tavern
at Concord's Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord. 978-369-9200.
Live music Wednesday through Sunday.
This place is a cute little bar that screams for expansion and a dance floor. The sound is good but there's really no place to dance. However determined dancers will find the space and as the night goes on, that space somehow expands as tables and chairs are moved aside. At the risk of losing a few seats, they really should take out a couple of table to make room for anyone who wants to dance. (Visited 1/13/12).

Speakers Night Club
19 Weed Street, Marlboro. 508-480-8222. Dancing open on Thursdays from 8:00-10:30 pm. Dance floor. DJ music for WCS, ECS, Cha Cha, Hustle, Salsa. For more information, contact Deborah Bergeron at 508-836-5546.
Always check ahead. Apparently they stop doing this during parts of the year and they don't keep me informed of that fact.

Acton Jazz Café
103 Nagog Park, Acton. 978-263-6161.
This venue regularly features dance bands that you see all the time at other venues.
What's the new place like for dancing?

Point Breeze Restaurant
114 Point Breeze Road, Webster.
The Little Big Band plays on the 4th Tuesday of every month.


Help!
Sometimes I'll see a favorite dance band play at a non-standard venue and I sometimes wonder if these venues are conducive for dancing, i.e., do they have a dance floor? Some of the venues and some of the bands aren't very helpful in providing that information, particularly if it discourages people from showing up. I don't get a chance to check out most of these venues so please help me provide better information to my readers by letting me know which venues are suitable for dancing. Thanks!




Teachers and Dance Studios

Tempo Dance Center
At the Friends of the Performing Arts Center (FOPAC), 51 Walden Street, in Concord Center and/or the JMJ Dance Studio, 19 Keefe Road, Acton.

Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Natick, MA
251 West Central Street, Suite 7, Natick.
For more information, contact the studio at 508-651-9041.

Nimble Feet
Sudbury (near Sudbury Center, Routes 2, 20 & 27).
Ballroom, Swing, Latin, Wedding Prep, and Club Style Dancing. Ballroom, Swing, Latin, Wedding Prep, and Club Style dancing. Flexible Schedule, Flexible number of lessons. Private and Small Group Instruction for couples and singles. For more information, contact Susan Ehrreich.

Arthur Murray Dance Studios of New England
70 James Street, Worcester. 508-798-0392.
Wedding preparation, personalized dance lessons including private & group classes and practice time.

American Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio
52 S. Quinsigamond Avenue - Maironis Park, Shrewsbury. Personal and group lessons for adults, teens & youth. Open Dances on Wednesday's & Friday's. For more information, contact the studio at 508-925-3437.

ILTA Dance Studio
1255 Worcester Road (Route 9), Framingham. For more information, contact the studio at 508-369-1954 or 781-492-2769.

The Swing Dance Studio
At the Friends of the Performing Arts (FOPAC), 51 Walden Street, Concord. Private and group instruction. For more informaiton, contact Mariel Manzone.

Club JoEllen: Enter here
Club JoEllen (aka The Longfellow Dance Club)
524 Boston Post Road (Route 20), Wayland, MA.
Contact the club at 508-358-7355 or 781-890-4542. Club JoEllen hosts regular classes and workshops throughout the month.

Poise, Style, & Motion Ballroom Dance Studio
97 Webster Street, Worcester, MA 01603. 508-752-4910.
Classes, personalized lessons, practice sessions for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels in Ballroom, Latin, and Club. Also, dancing every Friday night (last Fridays at SAC Park in Shrewsbury), 8-10 pm, with a lesson at 7:00 pm.

DL Dance Enterprises
978-413-1965
Swing & Country dance studio,specializing in Line Dance, Two Step, West Coast Swing.

Ballroomdance-Needham
Needham.
Specializing in beginner to intermediate American smooth, Latin and Swing; wedding special; will travel for groups. For more information, contact Betty Hood at 781-444-5963.

Fred Astaire Studio of Worcester
319 Shrewsbury, Worcester



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