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Social Dances at Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center

All dancers are welcome. Come without a partner or with the partner of your choice for all dances and lessons. Social ballroom dances usually include group dancing (such as line dances) and mixers to encourage dancers to change partners and meet other dancers.

Sunday Evenings – Ballroom Social Dance

This is the social ballroom dance that made Hollywood Ballroom the destination of choice for dancers in the DMV area. Simply put, it’s the best social dance in the area for both singles and couples! Professional DJ’s keep dancers on their feet with a very wide variety of music. Dances include mixers and line dances, as well as all the different ballroom dances. Our DJs watch the tempo of each song so that you can best enjoy every dance.

A very popular feature of this social dance is the lessons that are offered before the dancing starts. Both beginner and intermediate lessons, taught in separate rooms, are offered at no additional charge.  It’s a great way to learn new steps as well as to meet other dancers.

We frequently hear comments about the friendliness of the dancers, and we have to agree! Refreshments are offered and there is a well-stocked cash bar.

Needless to say, our huge dance floor (7200 square feet) offers the best opportunity for enjoyable dancing. It’s a true floating construction hardwood floor, the type of floor strongly preferred by professional dancers as it is easier on the dancer’s joints.

See our Calendar of Events for prices and details of each dance. Payment is at the door. Cash, check, or credit card (credit card transactions have a small surcharge.)

Thursday and Select Monday Afternoons – Ballroom Tea Dance

Tea Dances, which are Ballroom Dances held in the afternoon, allow dancers to enjoy dancing without the nighttime drive and without fighting rush hour traffic. Our Tea Dance is very well attended with the friendliest of dancers. It’s the perfect time to enjoy and practice ballroom dancing. We play a variety of music, keeping dancers of every style happy. No lesson is involved. Payment is at the door. Cash, check, or credit card (Credit card transactions have a small surcharge.)

Friday Evenings – West Coast Swing

This is THE place you want to be if you enjoy West Coast Swing!  It’s the home of the world’s largest West Coast Swing weekly dance party. Lessons for both beginners and experienced dancers are included in this extremely popular event! The refreshments are outstanding. Beer, wine, and spirits are available at the bar. (Produced by Dance Jam Productions. Click the link to find more info.)

Select Saturday Evenings – Salas, Bachata, Latin Mix

“Mr. Mambo’s” is the longest running salsa social in the metro area! Two or three DJs are spinning each event! Salsa, bachata and other lessons and workshops are followed by social dancing. A lively, very well attended evening! Beer, wine, and spirits are available at the bar. (A production of “Mr Mambo”. Click the link to find more info.)

Wednesday Evenings – Country and Ballroom

1st and 3rd Wednesdays: Country Western Dance Night. If you enjoy the more casual atmosphere of country dancing, this evening is for you! A professional DJ and guest instructors keep this growing group of dancers on their toes! The evening starts with a beginner lesson that progress to intermediate, followed by dancing to a country mix of music. New faces are always welcome.

2nd and 4th Wednesdays: Open Ballroom.  (Partners recommended) If you just have to get in one more session of ballroom practice/dancing every week, join the small but growing group of dedicated dancers at Hollywood Ballroom on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. A short lesson starts the evening and is followed by music for practice or dancing. Everyone is welcome, but the event is attended mainly by couples.

See our Calendar of Events for prices and details of each dance. Payment is at the door. Cash, check, or credit card (Credit card transactions have a small surcharge.)

Special Events at Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center

In additional to our regularly scheduled social dances, we hold special events. Our favorite special event is the New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance. Watch for announcements starting in the fall.

Music for Ballroom Dances

Our professional DJs play a wide variety of dance music, from current and classic hits to ballroom standards.  A variety of ballroom dance music is played, with an emphasis on the particular dance featured in the evening’s lesson. Before each song, the DJ will announce the appropriate dance. Our DJs are happy to accommodate your favorite requests whenever possible.

Songs are played at tempos in keeping with American and International standards. View a list of TEMPO RECOMMENDATIONS for dance music.

Music for Other Dances

West Coast Swing Dances play music for West Coast Swing dancing.  There may be a few cross-over songs.

Country Dances have a wide variety of country music.  There are many cross-over songs.

Salsa/Bachata Dances offer a wide selection of Latin and Latin-mix music.


Social Ballroom Dances, Tea Dances, Wednesday Night Dances:

Payment is at the door. Cash, check, or credit card accepted. (Credit card transactions have a small surcharge.)

See the calendar for exact price of each dance.

West Coast Swing: See the Dance Jam Productions website

Salsa and Bachata Dances: See “Mr Mambo” sites


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