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If you love to dance, or if you think you would love to learn to dance, you have found the place where you can find venues where you will meet others who share your love.

Dancing is the perfect activity for those of us who have retired because dancers generally form a kind of family at the places that they to to dance. We meet new friends and get plenty of exercise and at the same time have a lot of fun.

If you know someone who is about to retire, or who has recently retired, please invite them to join our group. (Younger people are welcome but most of them simply don't have enough free time to dance very much.) If you can walk at a good clip, you can learn to dance!

While couples do come to these events, most of them dance with everyone and there are always a lot of single dancers who welcome new dancers. YOU DO NOT NEED TO BRING A PARTNER to any of the places I recommend.

This site is also designed for people who move here from out of town or maybe just come here for a visit. Anyone can come here and look at our calendar to see what is happening on any evening of the week. We don't want your money, we only want the pleasure of your company.

I hope to find at least one place to Ballroom dance on every night of the week. (And one place to take a lesson every night.) Perhaps some of you can give me ideas?

I hope to find places that do not charge more than $15 or $20 for the evening, and places where no one is going to put pressure on you to sign up for anything.

This is a little different in that it is mostly for regularly weekly events that anyone can come to without joining or paying dues. If it is listed here, you are welcome to drop by unannounced, there are always people to dance with, or to take lessons with.

This is for people who want to have fun dancing, get & stay fit, enjoy good music, learn new dances, practice social dancing, network with other social dancers, make new friends of people who love to dance, travel to dance destinations. You should join this group if you like to dance or want to learn to dance with other fun-loving people.

As to how you should dress,, (Several of our ladies asked so here is my answer.)

Dress casually. Wear comfortable shoes. I always like to see a pretty woman in a dress that flares around as she dances. Nothing elaborate, maybe just a summer dress that comes down past the knees, and has enough material so the bottom flares around you when you twirl.

Don't wear something that restricts you from from taking a large step. Please stay away from skirts that are tight around the knees. ABOVE ALL, clothes and SHOES SHOULD BE COMFORTABLE! Men seldom actually look at women's shoes, but we always notice if your feet hurt so much that you can't dance with us. Leather soles usually work best, but try to bring a couple of extra pairs of shoes in case the floor is too "Fast", (That would be slippery.), or too slow, (That means it is kind of sticky.)

I wouldn't advise wearing jeans or shorts.

Guys are lucky. All we need do is wear a reasonably conservative shirt that has a collar, a pair of dark slacks, and comfortable Brown or Black shoes. (I wouldn't wear white soc's.)

Social Dancing is about how you, "Feel" the music, not how you look.

Most of the great Dance music is from an earlier time when nearly everyone danced and the Bands played music that had a solid beat that was easy to hear.

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Every Thursday Afternoon Dance Lessons

In Step School of Dance

There are two rooms, and three different levels of classes on Thursdays. The beginner/easy lesson is at 12 Noon and it costs $7 per person. This is a very good lesson. Lessons are usually taught by TJ and Ralph At about 12:40PM Susan plays some music in the front room so the Intermediate and Advanced groups can warm up. From 1:10PM untill 2:30PM there is an Intermediate lesson in the back room. (Usually taught by TJ and Ralph.) The intermediate lesson, as well as the practice time, will cost you $7. The Advanced lessons are usually taught by Susan and Alex. They run from 1PM until 2:30PM in the front room. The Advanced lesson is $8 NO PARTNER IS NECESSARY for any of these group lessons because partners will rotate often so everyone gets a chance to dance. This is an unusual opportunity in that a beginner can come on Thursday afternoons and remain at that level until he/she is comfortable enough to want to move to the Intermediate level. Then he can do both the beginner level, and the Intermediate level until he feels secure enough to do just the Intermediate level. If he gets bored at the Intermediate level, he can then move on to the Advanced level. (With those of us who have been dancing here for decades.) I plan on coming to In-Step every Thursday afternoon until the day I die! You have full control of how quickly you change levels. Remember that 99% of Americans never get past the Beginner level. That means that if you learn all that Silke and Ralph can teach on in the 12Noon lessons,-- You will be in the Top one Percentile of the best Ballroom Dancers in the world! One of my few regrets in dancing is that I did not stay with Square Dancing, (Which I loved.), longer than I did. I will never again walk away from something I still love, just because others say I should, "MOVE UP". Note that these lessons have a good turn out and there is seldom enough parking in the lot adjacent to the building. If you are young, (At heart.), and healthy, please consider parking across the street in the lot by the bank, or the one by the health club so that those who are a little older can have the spots in the lot. For information please call[masked] The Web site is, www.in-stepschoolofdance.com

Thursday Tea Dance at the Hollywood Ballroom

Hollywood Ballroom

Call the Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center[masked] For questions. Below is their ad. Tea Dances Enjoy Ballroom Dancing During the Day Thursdays - 12:30 to 3:30 pm Low Price! $6 Bring a friend or two Singles and couples welcome Snacks Beautiful 7200 square foot floating floor Dance during the day when the dance floor is least crowded. It's a wonderful way to get exercise, perk up your day and socialize with others--all while avoiding rush hour traffic jams!

Social Thursdays Dance Night

Sport and Health Club Lakeforest

Social Thursdays Dance Night Thursday, July 6, 20177:00 PM to 9:00 PMGaithersburg, MD"> Sport and Health Club Lakeforest (https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=700+Russell+Avenue%2C+Gaithersburg%2C+MD%2C+us) 700 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD (map (https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=700+Russell+Avenue%2C+Gaithersburg%2C+MD%2C+us)) Join Michael Rye and Gizelle every Thursday night for a fun night of social dancing for all levels. Learn how to dance with a partner to some of the major social dances commonly danced at weddings, cruises, and other social events such as the Waltz, Foxtrot, and Swing. Gain the skills to be comfortable on the dance floor at your next formal or casual event. Singles and couples welcome. Partners will be switched frequently during each class. Newcomer and Intermediate Levels (Learn Foxtrot, Swing, Rumba, Waltz, Tango, Cha Cha and Salsa for social dancing.) 7 pm Social Ballroom and Latin Classes 2 Styles of Dances Every Week 8 pm Social Dancing - Ballroom, Latin, Swing, and more Cost: $15 includes classes and social dance hour

Bowie Ballroom Dance with lessons

Elks Lodge

Please call and check before you go, because while I have been told that the dance is held every single week, I have been notified that it gets cancelled from time to time, for other events at the Elks Club. (I assume member activity gets first priority, as it should.) Below is their ad, We will be holding our Bowie Ballroom, Latin, Swing Meetup this Thursday January 29th and every Thursday at the Bowie Elks Lodge. Come out and show your support for our new location. There will be a Dance lesson that starts at 7pm and the Dance will be from 8 to 11pm. There will be food available at the bar (hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza, buffalo wings, etc.) very reasonably priced. Bar will be open till 11pm. $10 cover includes Lesson and Dance. We will also be doing a 50/50 drawing. Meet new friends and have great night of dancing!! Bowie Elks Lodge address: 1506 Defense Hwy. Gambrills, Md. 21054. For any questions or info. Please contact Dancin Dave at[masked] (leave message) or email [masked] We look forward to seeing you there! Your Friend, Dancin' Dave

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Ballroom Dancing at Hollywood Ballroom

Hollywood Ballroom

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