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.
- Tuesdays: Beginner & Intermediate Ballroom, Latin & Country 2 lessons & practice time, 8:00-10:00pm.
- Wednesdays: West Coast Swing 2 lessons & dance 7:00pm-11:00pm
- Second Saturday 2 workshops & dance with guest instructors 7:00pm-12:00am
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 NormDetteDance@wmconnect.com 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.
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.
At Studio One, 85 Industrial Circle, Lincoln. For more information, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-365-7700.
- The Bread and Butter Jam
Dance and/or practice every Thursday from 8:15 to 11:00 pm. Basic lindy hop class before the dancing from 7:30 to 8:30 pm; progressive intermediate classes 7:00-8:15pm (check website to register).
Swing Salon Friday Night Dance & Lesson
1005 Main Street, Pawtucket. East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Balboa and Jazz Line Dances. Every Friday with a lesson at 8:00 and dancing from 9:00 to 11:00+ pm. Live music (Fall, 2015) on fourth Fridays. For more information, contact Todd at email@example.com or 401-680-6244.
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 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org at 401-821-4108.
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.
267 Main Street, Woonsocket. 401-765-1900.
Occasional live music.
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.
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,...room 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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