F Dancing in the Boston area

This page covers mostly places within a few miles of Boston, though it might stretch all the way to I-495. If you're looking for something in your area (outside of Route 128) and you don't see it here, try looking north, west, south, or way west (western Massachusetts) of Boston.

Note that some venues close during the summer or whenever they feel like it. If they don't get listed on the Boston dance calendar , it means they didn't send a note confirming they'd definitely be open on a particular date. It'll be a good idea to call them or check their website.

- (East Coast) Swing
- Lindy Hop
- Blues dancing
- West Coast Swing
- Hustle
    - monthly event
- Ballroom dancing
- weekly dancing
- Mixed variety of music
- Live music
- Has a Facebook page.


Club JoEllen
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At The Longfellow Club, 524 Boston Post Road in Wayland (Route 20, 7 miles west of Route 128).
Club JoEllen offers dancing and lessons throughout the week. For more information, call 508-358-7355.


Swing City Dance Club SwingLindyLive Music
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At the West Cambridge Youth Center, 680 Huron Avenue, Cambridge.
East Coast Swing/Lindy Hop dancing with live music on 2nd, 4th & 5th Saturdays. Beginner lessons at 8:00 pm, dancing from 9:00 pm to midnight. No partner necessary. All ages welcome. Free parking and MBTA bus from Harvard Square.

DanceBoston dances
At the Arlington Elks, 56 Pond Lane, Arlington, or 959 Waltham Street, Lexington. (Locations may vary at the last minute ; always check their website before heading over).
No partner necessary. All ages welcome. Cash bar. Air conditioned in summer. For more information, contact Jon Schimmel at call 617-623-3134.

Boston Balboa
Crosby Whistle Stop, 24 Roland Street, Charlestown. Balboa every month on a Sunday (check the calendar for specific dates).

MIT Lindy Hop Society
MIT, Cambridge.
Weekly swing dancing at MIT from 8:30 to midnight at one of three possible locations: Lobdell (Student Center), La Sala du Puerto Rico (Student Center), or Morss Hall (Walker Memorial). Usually on a Wednesday, but possibly switched due to scheduling conflicts. Always check before heading out. For more information, contact epsdg@aol.com.

Bluesy Tuesy
At the Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn Street (off Harvard Square), Cambridge. Blues dance every Tuesday from 8:30 to 11:00pm, with a lesson at 7:30.

The Dancing Fools
Fire & Ice, 50 Church Street, Cambridge. Every Wednesday from 9:00pm to midnight; lesson at 8:00.

Ballroom in Boston
300 Western Avenue, 2nd flr., Allston. 313-288-2784.

Studio 665
17 Campbell Street, Woburn. 781-932-6237.
Ballroom dance party from 8:30 to midnight every second Saturday of the month. Hustle and West Coast Swing in a second room.

Ballroom & Latin Dance Center of New England
Occasional ballroom dance in Newton. 617-455-5500.

Skipjack's
199 Clarendon Street, Boston. 617-536-3500. Sunday brunch every week from 11:30am to 2:30pm with the music of the Winiker Swing Band.

K & S Music Ballroom
Bishop MacKenzie Center, 1337 Centre Street (at Crescent Avenue), Newton Centre. 401-821-4108
Ballroom dances on the first Saturday of the month from 8:00 pm to 11:30pm. Lesson at 7:00. Coffee, tea, pizza & pastries. Couples and Singles For more information, contact kandsmusic@verizon.net.

Maverick Swing
260 Sumner Street, East Boston. Once a month on a Saturday from 8:00 to midnight.
04/07/12: This venue appears to hold their events very irregularly. Check the calendar.

Moseley's-on-the-Charles Ballroomlive music!
50 Bridge Street (Route 109), Dedham, MA 781-326-3075.
Ballroom dancing on Wednesdays: doors open 6:30 pm; dance lesson 7:00-8:00 pm; dancing to live music 8:00-11:00 pm. For more information, contact Ed DeVincenzo.

DanceSport Boston
Cardinal Cushing School, 405 Washington Street, Hanover
on the first Saturdays of the month. Register early for a discount at the dances. For more information, contact Anne Marie at 617-325-1562.

DanceSport Academy of New England
384 Harvard Street, Brookline. 617-566-7850 Every Sunday from 7:00 to 10:00pm.

Uptown Swing Dance
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Uptown swing dances

Congregation Kehillath Israel, 384 Harvard Street (near Coolidge Corner), Brookline.
A monthly Saturday dance for Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa and Blues with live music from 9:00 to midnight with a lesson from 8:15 to 9:00 pm. Street parking and coolidge Corner T stop on the Green Line. For more information, contact Hop To The Beat at 508-435-2363. (check calendar for specific dates).

Monday Night Practice
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Monday Night Practice
First Church, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge (across from the Cambridge Common).
Lindy Hop practice on Mondays, 9:00 to 11:00 pm. For more information, write to Mike, Ben, or Gina.

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At the Crosby Whistle Stop, 24 Roland Street, Charleston.

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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.

Avalon Ballroom Dance
345 Trapelo Road, Belmont. 617-484-3900. 3rd Saturday of the month with Gail Rundlett, 8:15-11:00pm (lesson at 7:30).

Swingtime Boston
The Brookline Academy of Dance, 136 Westbourne Terrace, Brookline.
Monthly Swing, Ballroom, and Latin dance for the gay/lesbian/bi/tg folks on the first Saturday of the month. Beginner swing lesson at 8 pm, dance music until 11:00. Smoke and alcohol free; free parking and refreshments. No partner necessary; all ages welcome. Casual atmosphere. For more information, call 617-364-7207 before 9pm.

Dancing Feats Studio WCSmonthly
At Balera Ballroom, 105 Rumford Avenue, Newton.
West Coast Swing dancing usually on the third Saturday of the month from 9:00pm to midnight, lesson at 8:00. 617-52-SWING.

Blues Union
16 Bow Street, Union Square, Somerville. Blues dancing & classes every Thursday from 9 to 11pm, with classes beforehand. For classes, there is a monthly beginner blues series 7:30-8:30pm, and a drop-in beginner lesson 8:30-9:00. The last Thursday of the month is an all-levels Blues Clinic (aka practice) from 7:30-9pm, instead of the lessons.

Hamby Ballroom Dance Studios
Ballroom dances in Waltham. 508-380-4647.

SuperShag Productions

MIT Ballroom Dance Club Ballroom
Walker Memorial, Memorial Drive, Cambridge.
The MIT Ballroom Dance Club hosts several dances throughout the year. Check their webpage or the calendar for specific dates.

Disco Dance Party
Maddy's, 1639 Broadway (Route 99), Saugus. Every Thursday night with dj's Chris Fiore and Eddie B.

Balera Ballroom
105 Rumford Avenue, Newton. Classic Ballroom Night dance party every Friday. Introductory class at 8:15 pm, general dancing from 9:00 pm to midnight. For more information, contact Beth Canuel at 617-969-2280.

Footloose Dance Studio
665 Salem Street, Malden. For more information, contact the studio at 781-388-2600.



Food, Drink & Dancing

Not strictly a dance venue, but occasionally they'll bring in a band that's good enough for dancing.

Johnny D's
17 Holland Street (in Davis Square), Somerville.
Editor's Note: A bar and restaurant with a small dance floor featuring local live music.

Upstairs on the Square
91 Winthrop Street (off Harvard Square), Cambridge.
The Winiker Swing Band plays there once a month. Dancing is tight, even with some tables moved out of the way.

The C-Note
159 Nantasket Avenue, Hull (across from Nantasket Beach).
Editor's Note: Small dance area in front of the stage.

Cathay Pacific Restaurant
111 Hancock Street, North Quincy. 617-328-1115 Dancing most Fridays and Saturdays with live music. Good sized floor, (Chinese) food, drinks.
Not sure what kind of dancing is done here. Could someone please check and get back to me?

Vincent's Nightclub
6 Billings Street, Randolph (Exit 5A off Route 128, right at the first set of lights, between the Holiday Inn and Lantana's Banquet Hall just off the exit). 781-986-4000.


No Dancing

There are few random places where you might find one of your favorite bands playing, yet there's no dancing. It'll probably be a bar or restaurant offering live entertainment. While the venue might be nice for dining or drinking, don't go there for dancing.

Smoken' Joe's BBQ & Blues
351 Washington Street, Brighton.
Editor's Note:This venue has featured live music including The Love Dogs and R&B acts. Word has it now that they *will* allow people to dance on their great wooden floor, but don't expect to find other dancers; bring your own dance partner.


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