Upcoming Dance Events
The Passepied Club will hold its Bubbles and Bow Ties Dance on Saturday, January 18, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Woman's Club of Charleston, 1600 Virginia Street, East. A lesson will be provided at no extra cost at 7:00. Terry and Melanie Whittington will provide the lesson and the music. The attire will be formal. The cost is $15.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members. BYOB. No reservation is necessary.
Top Hat Ballroom will hold a dance on Saturday, January 18, rom 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 520 Eleventh Street in Huntington. The music is recorded. The attire is dressy casual. The cost is $10.00 per person. Top Hat provides some snacks, ice water and ice. Dancers may bring other snacks to share and may also bring soft drinks or adult beverages.
USA Dance will hold a dance on Friday, January 31, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Hansford Center, 500 Washington Street, St. Albans. The attire will be dressy casual. The cost is $10.00 for members and $15.00 for nonmembers.
Riverside Hop at 3706 MacCorkle Avenue, SE, in Kanawha City will hold its First Friday Swing dance on February 7 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Come out to practice your swing steps. It's free. The attire will be casual.
Dick Newman will hold a dance on Friday, February 21, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Barboursville Community Center, 721 Central Avenue in Barboursville. Dick will DJ the music. The attire will be dressy casual. The cost is $15.00 per person.For more information, contact Dick at or 304-736-5380.
The Latin Dance Club will hold its Mardi Gras Dance on Saturday, February 22, from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. with a break for dinner at 6:00. Kevin and Dee Twohig will provide the music. The attire will be semi-formal or Mardi Gras-style. The cost will be $40.00 per person for members and $50.00 per person for non-members. Reservations must be received by Wednesday, February 19. If you would like to go as our guests, let me know.
The University Club will hold a dance on March 7, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Julia McCormick Ballroom on the third floor of the Geary Student Union at the University of Charleston. Poser Joe, a band from Putnam County, will provide the music. More information will be available later.
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There are several Ballroom and Latin Dance clubs in the Charleston area. Here is a general overview of their schedules. If you are interested in attending one of these dances, click here to email me for specific information. In addition to these regularly scheduled dances, I often know of other dance opportunities in the area.
ACADEMY DANCE CLUB holds four dances per year. Usually they are scheduled on the third Saturday in February, April and October and the second Sunday in December, generally at Edgewood Country Club. The Academy Dance Club also has a summer picnic for members only usually in July or August. The dances traditionally have live music and include a meal. Dress is usually formal, but occasionally semi-formal. Non-members may attend as invited guests of members.
CQ (COTILLION-QUADRILLE) DANCE CLUB holds four dances per year, always at Berry Hills Country Club. They usually are on the fourth Saturday in March, fourth Sunday in June, and first Sundays in October and December. The dances always have live music and include a meal. Dress varies from formal to semi-formal to dressy casual. Non-members may attend as guests.
LATIN DANCE CLUB began as an all Latin dance club but now the mix of music is about 60% Latin and 40% Ballroom. The club holds four dances per year, always at Berry Hills Country Club. They usually are scheduled on the fourth Sunday in September, third Sunday in December, fourth Saturday in February, and first Sunday in May. Music is provided by DJs or musicians. Dances always include a meal. The dress varies but is usually either formal or semi-formal. Non-members may attend as guests.
PASSEPIED CLUB holds eleven dances each year, usually on the second Saturday, but sometimes on the third Saturday, July through May. Most dances are now held at the Woman's Club of Charleston. Music is provided either by DJs or musicians. Dances include light snacks or heavy hors d’oeuvres. Dress varies from formal to semi-formal to dressy casual. Non-members may attend as guests.
SPEAKEASY SINGLES is not solely a dance club, but it holds monthly dances that welcome experienced and non-experienced dancers alike. The dances generally are held on the second Saturday of the month from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., often with a dance lesson from 7:00 to 8:00. Locations vary. Music is provided by DJs. Attire is usually dressy casual, although some dances have suggested themes.
UNIVERSITY CLUB holds five dances per year. The current schedule is for the a Saturday in August, fourth Saturday in October, third Saturday in March and second Saturday in June plus New Year’s Eve. Music is provided either by DJs or musicians. Dances include a meal or heavy hors d’oeuvres. Dress varies from dressy casual to semi-formal to formal. Non-members may attend as guests.
Other opportunities to dance include Salsa Night on Thursdays on the second floor of Vino's Bar & Grill, 812 Kanawha Boulevard, East. A free salsa lesson is offered about 8:45 or 9:00 p.m. followed by open dancing. Also, the Charleston Area Shag Society meets Thursdays for a lesson and open dancing on the second floor of the Charleston Moose Lodge, 2805 Kanawha Boulevard, East. The lesson begins about 7:00 p.m.
In the Huntington area, Dick Newman holds dances usually on the third Friday of the month from 6;30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Barboursville Community Center, 721 Central Avenue in Barboursville. He DJs the music. The attire is dressy casual. For more information, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also in the Huntington area, Top Hat Ballroom holds monthly dances, usually but not always on the fourth Saturday of the month, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 520 Eleventh Street, Huntington. Each dance begins with a lesson. The cost is $10 per person.
Another regular dance in the Huntington area is the American Legion Dance on the last Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 177 ballroom, 6024 U.S. Route 60, East, Barboursville. The cost is $8.00 per person or $15.00 per couple. For more information, contact: Gayle Riggs at 304-417-0134 or email@example.com.