Dance Information6:11 PM
Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center is bustling with activity every weekend and throughout the week. Lessons, classes, social dances and special events offer fun and instruction for every dance enthusiast. This Silver Spring ballroom welcomes dancers of every level of experience.
Social Dances at Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center
Start your weekend with a dance on Friday and keep dancing all week long. There is no need to preregister; just come. A complimentary lesson, which starts an hour before the dance, is usually included in the admission price.
Singles, couples and groups are always welcome at all dances.
Our Calendar of Events lists all scheduled dances, lessons, practice sessions and special events.
Kick off the weekend with a night of West Coast swing lessons followed by a dance party that goes to 1:00 am.
Learn the latest salsa and bachata moves and enjoy the dancing at our lively Latin Nights a few Saturdays every month. When a Latin Night is not scheduled, a social ballroom dance or special event probably is on the calendar.
Sunday evenings feature social ballroom dancing. With the best of contemporary music and ballroom classics, these dances are a fitting way to end the weekend on a high note.
Dancers “in the know” take advantage of the Ballroom’s spacious floor on Wednesday evenings. A short and concise dance lesson is featured before the social ballroom dance begins.
Afternoon Tea Dances
Tea Dances allow dancers to enjoy daytime ballroom dancing without the nighttime drive and without fighting rush hour traffic. Please check the calendar for scheduled dates. The dance floor usually has fewer dancers during the day, making it a perfect time to practice, perfect and enjoy all styles of dancing.
Social ballroom dances usually feature group dancing (such as line dances) and mixers to encourage dancers to change partners and meet other dancers.
Special Events at Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center
In additional to our regularly scheduled social dances, we hold special events around holidays, such as New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day, or just because. Watch for announcements of these, and send us your suggestions for events you’d like to see offered.
For advance purchase of special event tickets, please visit our Online Store.
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 complimentary 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.
Social Ballroom Dances: $16 for full price and $11 for students with a valid full-time ID.
Our social ballroom dances include a pre-dance lesson in the price of admission. Please see the calendar for prices of afternoon Tea Dances, practice dances, practice sessions and special events.
West Coast Swing Dances: $15, Cash or check only
West Coast swing dances (Dave Moldover’s Dance Jam Productions) include pre-dance lessons for beginners as well as experienced West Coast swing dancers in the price of admission. Student Discount, with full-time student ID: $8.
Salsa and Bachata Dances:
Around $20 or so for entire evening (both workshops and dance party)
Around $18 or so for dance party only (arrive after 10:00 pm)
Salsa and Bachata Social Dances with Mr. Mambo have multiple workshops, including something for dancers of all experience levels. The workshops usually start 2 hours before the dance starts. Tickets for the dance only are sold separately.
PLEASE NOTE: Tommy Smith (“Mr. Mambo”) offers an ever-expanding and very exciting program. That means that sometimes times and fees will vary. Please check his website www.tanyajsmith.com for accurate and timely schedules and lists of workshops, instructors and DJs.
Group Lessons, Classes and Other Events:
Lessons before social dances are usually included in the price of admission to the dance. The price of other group lessons varies. Please check the current price list for group lessons and other events.
Special Prices and Discounts
Full time students showing valid identification are admitted to social Ballroom dances at a discounted price of $11. Many of our other events and lessons are also discounted for students. Check the calendar for event specific discounts.
Discount for Instructors:
Instructors who reserve ahead of time a table for themselves and 6 paying customers (friends/students of the instructor) will receive free admission to a regularly scheduled and normally priced social Ballroom dance.
Know someone who loves to dance? Need a gift? No problem. Gift certificates are available for our social dances. Simply ask the front desk attendant or purchase now from our online store.