Dancing in Rhode Island

Places to Go Dancing

This is a list of places to go dancing in Rhode Island. Check out the Rhode Island Calendar for events happening on specific dates. There's also a lot of dancing in Rhode Island, but don't forget that you're not that far from venues in southern Massachusetts or eastern Connecticut. Venues in and around Boston itself are only about an hour away.

Note that venues come and go, and usually people aren't very good about letting me know that their venue closed or got cancelled so always call ahead!

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At 15 Bassett Street, North Providence. No partner necessary, air-conditioned and always beginner-friendly.

For more information, contact Jennifer Bloch at 401-447-7015.

The Dancing Feeling Ballroom Dances Ballroom
2429 Post Road, Warwick.
Weekly dances. For more information, call 401-736-0110 or write to

Norm & Dette's Dance Socials
Dillon Knights of Columbus Hall, 1675 Douglas Avenue, North Providence.
Ballroom dances once a month from 8:00 to 11:30 pm. For more information, contact at 401-767-1765.
3/20/16: The email address is bad. Are the dances still being held?

Ballroom & Latin Dancing with Nelia Lawton
East Bay Democratic Club, 86 Roffee Street, Barrington.
Month ballroom dances on a Friday night. 7:30 (lesson at 7:30). For more information, contact Nelia Lawton at 401-245-1119.

Studio One Rhode Island Dances
85 Industrial Circle, Suite 4102, Lincoln. For more information, call 401.305.3551 or write to

Dance the Dream Ballroom Dance
Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, on the first Friday of the month from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, with a dance lesson at 7:30. For more information, call 401-230-3420.

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Providence Swings
At Studio One, 85 Industrial Circle, Lincoln. For more information, contact them at or 401-365-7700.

K & S Music
North Providence, either at the Dillion Council or Bouffard Council.
Ballroom dances on various Saturdays from 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm with two lessons at the beginning of the evening (6:30-8:00 pm). Complementary coffee, tea, pizza, pastries, and hot popcorn. Couples & singles welcome. Music by dj's Bryan and Kathy Soscia. For more information, contact at 401-821-4108.

Rhode Island Dancesport
461 Main Street (2nd flr), East Greenwich. For more information, contact at 401-529-1690. Occasional Friday dances, monthly tango milongas, and more.

Venice Restaurant, 165 Shore Road, Misquamicut-Westerly, featuring the Coastline Swing Band on the first and third Thursdays of the month.

There are various places that seem to be available for rent as a place to hold a dance or some other event. They seem to be used by a lot of different groups.

The German Club, 78 Carter Avenue, Pawtucket.

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.

Chans Egg Rolls and Jazz
267 Main Street, Woonsocket. 401-765-1900. no dance floor
Occasional live music.

Knickerbocker Cafe
35 Railroad Avenue, Westerly. Dancing every Friday night with live music. Food and drink. Cover.
"The Knickerbocker has an excellent dance floor. It's wood, in very good shape and about 25 by 30 feet." - Paul, 01/09/12

The Venice Restaurant
165 Shore Road, Westerly. Dancing on the first and third Thursdays of every month from 7:30 to 9:30 pm to the sounds of the Coastline Swing Band. For reservations, call 401-348-0055.

The Cuban Café
60 Valley Street, Providence. 401-331-8829.
"...has no real dance floor...tables around the bandstand...managed to dance in the entrance way but limited floor, for 4 couples at best." - Daniel, 01/18/12


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!

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