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Old-Style Dancing in Dallas: Best Places to Cut a Rug

Couple vigorously dancing in nightclub among a crowd of other dancersSalsa, Bachata, Swing, Rhumba, Tango and the Texas Two-Step

A night on the town in Dallas can mean so many things, and one of them is kicking up your heels in grand fashion. Gone are the days when disco was the only high-step in vogue; today’s dance scene throws it back a few decades to swing, salsa, tango, two-step and ballroom. Add the ever-present boot-stomping line dance – and you get Dallas dancing in a hot snapshot.

Swing Low at Sons of Hermann

It’s no surprise the Deep Elum arts and entertainment district harbors a considerable chunk of dance history in Dallas. The century-old Sons of Hermann Hall still hosts vintage-style parties and weekly swing dance nights in its historical dancehall. The swing-night throw-down takes place every Wednesday night, and they offer free beginner lessons at 7 p.m. No excuses – just dance!

Cowboys Red River

No need to plan ahead for this one; the Cowboys Red River dancehall kicks up the action just about every night. This is where to get your cowboy groove on with honky-tonk, two-step and anything country. You can take West Coast Swing lessons every Wednesday or learn some two-step patterns on Thursdays and Fridays.

Café Salsera 

Considered “the” place for Latin-style dancing, Café Salsera has a full night every week devoted to salsa. Go on Wednesdays for Ladies’ night and salsa lessons at 8:30 p.m. Break the mold by expanding into cumbia, reggaeton, bachata and merengue on various nights, or drop in on weekends for nonstop Latin music and freestyle dancing.

Gloria’s Latin Cuisine in Addison

If you’re a total newbie to salsa dancing, head over the Gloria’s Latin Cuisine in Addison for a more relaxed ambiance. Enjoy a plate of El Salvador or Tex-Mex cuisine, and then lock-step with live salsa tunes from Havana NRG and DJ Ivan G on Friday nights. Ladies, you get in free on Fridays, and the music and dancing go until 2 a.m.

The Round-up Saloon and Dancehall 

If ever there was a place to “boot-scoot ‘n boogie” in Dallas, it’s the Round-up. Weekends are for stompin’ the night away, and you may even step on some famous toes belonging to the likes of Lady Gaga (who has hit the dance floor at least three times). You can slip in on weekdays to brush up a little before the weekend. Mondays feature two-step and swing lessons, while line dancing takes over on Wednesdays and Thursdays. When you’re ready to strut your stuff on a higher level, sign up for a Tuesday dance competition.

When living in the city, you can dance the night away or cozy up with friends inside your own urban apartment. Stop by one of our Dallas apartment communities for a personal tour and to hear about move-in specials!