Dear PoP – Dance Lessons?

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“Dear PoP,

My fiancee and I are getting married in May and we finally checked off one of the small but important wedding planning items, the first dance song! In my humble opinion there is nothing wonderful about watching a couple sway back and forth for three and a half minutes middle school dance style. In an effort to avoid the sixth grade sway the fiancee and I would like to take dance lessons. The problem I’m running into is I can’t find a studio that is metro accessible and neither of us have cars. Do you or anyone out in PoP-ville have any recommendations?”

Congrats! I’ve always been intrigued by the Vic Daumit Dance Studios sign at 3333 Connecticut Ave NW in Cleveland Park. Anyone have a recommendation for a good dance studio in DC?

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  • I don’t know what style of dance you are looking to do or where you are located but has several locations and many styles of dance offered! I highly recommend them.

    • i agree! i took a ballroom dance class at JoM that was mostly made up of engaged couples practicing for their weddings. the class and instructor were great!

  • Here are two of my favorite dance lesson spots here in DC.

    DancePlace is located a few blocks from the Brookland/CU station. They offer some amazing classes: HoopDance (moving with hula hoop), Salsa, Modern/Jazz, Bellydance, & African.

    Also, MamaSita studio is 2 blocks from Takoma Station. They offer spicy & seductive bellydance, brazilian samba, partner salsa, Cuban, and funk yoga class.

  • For a date, my boyfriend and I took a swing dancing class up at Glen Echo – this is only a good idea if you have a car or can rent one from Zipcar. Check it out here: , their spring/summer list is up and they have everything from ballroom to belly dancing.

  • dance factory in arlington (right by the virginia square metro) is great. you can do private lessons or group lessons. i liked the group lessons b/c you actually learn the fundamentals of different styles of ballroom dance (as opposed to just learning a bunch of choreographed “first dance” moves).

  • I took dance lessons for a year or so at an Arthur Murray studio in Bethesda (and I know there’s also a location in Silver Spring). To be fair this was about five years ago, so I can’t necessarily vouch for them nowadays, but I thoroughly enjoyed taking lessons there. They teach a bunch of different ballroom dances (waltz, tango, salsa, merengue, hustle, and others). You can go and get a free lesson (or at least, you used to be able to) to see how it goes. It’s a bit pricey (which is part of why I stopped) but they seem to really know their stuff and you’d probably only need a couple private lessons to have enough skill for a wedding first dance.

  • The Chevy Chase Ballroom hosts a variety of dance classes. It’s right off of the Friendship Heights metro.

  • Tuesday nights just off Meridian Hill Park on 15th St NE there are swing dance lessons and dances at The Jam Cellar. Also on Tuesday at Clarendon Ballroom there are swing dance lessons and dances through Gottaswing. Many of the instructors associated with either organization will also do private lessons.

  • Last week’s City Paper has all of this info and more.

  • Youtube!!!!

  • D.C. Parks and Rec offers good ballroom dancing [usually study 2 or 4 dances a session] at Chevy Chase Community Center for a very affordable price – $60/person for 8 weeks. The instructor, Mr. Kelly, is awesome. I’ve taken the classes twice and have enjoyed it.

  • Good Afternoon!

    My friend sent this along to me, and I did her and her husbands first dance at their wedding in October. They danced for a minute and a half to Alicia Keys” No one” and then bounced into Usher’s “OMG” for a minute and it was fabulous! If you are interested in seeing the video link from it let me know and I’m happy to share! I have a dance background and we practiced for an hour every few week at the couples home.

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