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Dancing in Durham

Dancing in Durham

Dancing Through Durham

Dancing is classic way to spend the evening with a longtime partner, a new date, or new friends you just met on the dance floor, and the Bull City is here with plenty of toe-tapping, skirt-twirling options. Ranging from salsa to jazz to line dancing and everything between, you can find your style here.

Downtown Durham features Talk of the Town, with live music or DJs on Thursdays-Saturdays, and The Bar, an LGBTQ bar that transforms into a club on Friday and Saturday nights. Cuban Revolution features salsa every Thursday night at 9:30 with a $5 cover – they even offer a free lesson at 9. And there's always Duke student favorite Shooters II if you're looking to party like an undergrad.

There are more options in the Rockwood and South Square District. La Luna is a Latino dance club that operates on Friday and Saturday nights, and 4020 Lounge at the Saucy Crab offers many different dancing options, from Cimarron Latin to reggae and dancehall to R&B.

There are also many special events coming through Durham every month. Duke Coffehouse and Motorco Music Hall often hosts shows that can provide a space to get your groove on. The Pinhook is another focal point for dance events: they provide opportunities for everything from soul and disco dance parties to carnival-themed fundraisers to the Rowdy Square Dance, an old-timey event complete with a caller, dosey-dos, and the chance to spin your partner round and round.

Head to the Durham Event Calendar to search for more nightlife options, and check out the businesses' listings pages websites to get the details about their events.

Looking to learn some new steps so you can show off at one of these dancing events? Here are some of the places in Durham that can be of help, offering classes, workshops, of spaces for special events:

Ninth Street Dance
Barriskill Dance Theatre School
Encore Academy of Dance
Dare 2B Different
Durham Ballet Theatre
Carolina Dance Academy
Triangle Dance Studio
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Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604