Everybody should learn to dance (even pigs)! Most people in Davis need to learn how to dance. Dancing teaches you about pace, rhythm, and how to move your body... dancers are better in bed! There are a handful of places in town where you can get started on the right foot [or on the left if you're male]. With most dance styles, be aware that some places emphasize performance dance versus social dance [remember high school?]: social dance is the stuff you do for fun in clubs or at weddings, while performance dance is what people do for competition and money. Either way, just keep in mind that most people have a preference of one style over another, and you should be aware of this when selecting a dance instructor.

Dance Calendar

This is a list of regularly scheduled Dancing events in and around Davis, organized by day and style. Note that Bay Area and Sacramento events are also listed, as the best dance venues for certain styles of dancing are located outside of Davis (but within driving range). Many Davis residents frequent these venues as well.

Daily

Style

Event

Time

Location

Popping

Popping Club @ UC Davis

8-10 PM (Lessons and open session) - Check the website calendar

ARC Pavilion

Momentum Dance and Fitness

Daily dance classes

Standard: Ballet, Jazz

World Dance: Belly Dance, Bharata Natyam, Bollywood, Burlesque, Folklorico, Flamenco, 

Alternative: Burlesque, Hoop Dance, Fitness: Jazzercise, MarFit, Zumba 

Check the website Schedule

 

2121 2nd Street, Suite A-106

(Same business complex as Swim America)

STAGES Davis "Where Ideas Move"

Jazz - Tap - Ballet - Classes for All Ages & Levels

http://davisstages.com

915 3rd St.

Every Sunday

Style

Event

Time

Location

Blues Dancing

Firehouse 5

7 PM (lessons), 8-11 PM (open dancing)

2014 B 9th Street Sacramento, CA 95818

Salsa Dancing

Salsa at Doubletree

8 PM (lessons), 9-12:30 PM (open dancing)

2001 Point West Way, Sacramento

International Folk Dance

Davis International Folk Dancers

7-9 PM (lessons), 9-10 PM (open dancing)

Studio E at the Davis Art Center

Argentine Tango

Contact Miguel Taillant at tangobravo2k@yahoo.com

3-5 pm

South Silo

Every Monday

Style

Event

Time

Location

Blues Fusion,

West Coast Swing

West Coast Swing Club at UC Davis

Lesson 8-9PM,

Open Dancing 9-11PM

168 Hoagland Hall at UC Davis

Country Dancing

The Graduate

9 PM

805 Russell Blvd, Davis

Irish Ceili Dancing

Irish Ceili Dancing in Berkeley

Lesson 7-8 PM, Open dancing 8:00-10:00 PM

contact for location

Irish Ceili Dancing

Starry Plough

7-11 PM

3101 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, CA 94705

East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Blues, Balboa

Davis Swing Dancers

Lessons at 8 PM, open dancing at 9-11 PM

1002/1006 Geidt

Salsa Dancing

International House Davis

7:30-8:30pm lessons by Carlos Whyles

10 College Park, Davis

Pole Dance

Davis Pole Dance Studio

6 PM, 7 PM, 8 PM

213 E Street, Suite E

Hoop Dance Momentum Dance and Fitness 5:30PM-6:30PM 2121 2nd Street, Suit A-106

Every Tuesday

Style

Event

Time

Location

Salsa, Bachata

Salsa Adicción

6:00-7:30pm Lesson followed by Half hour of Social Dancing

Pavilion at the ARC, UCD Campus

International Folk Dance

Beginning Folk Dance

7:30-8:30 PM, Feb 5-26

Studio E at the Davis Art Center

Salsa Dancing

The Graduate

9:30 PM

805 Russell Blvd, Davis

West Coast Swing

The Station

Lessons at 7:30, open dancing at 8:30 PM

1100 Orlando Avenue Roseville, CA. 95661

Swing Dancing

Club 21

Lessons and open dancing, schedule unknown

1119 21st Street Sacramento, CA

Contact Improvisation

UC Davis Contact Improvisation Club

Jams 7:00pm to 9:00pm - Classes Occasionally

U Club Studio, UC Davis

Tango

International House Davis

7:30pm to 9:30pm lessons by Damien Kima

10 College Park, Davis

Pole Dance

Davis Pole Dance Studio

6 PM, 7 PM

213 E Street, Suite E

Becoming Burlesque Momentum Dance and Fitness 8:15PM-9:45PM

2121 2nd Street, Suite A-106

(Same complex as Swim America)

Every Wednesday

Style

Event

Time

Location

Country Dancing

The Graduate

9 PM

805 Russell Blvd, Davis

Salsa Dancing

Salsa Loca Club

7:30 PM-11:00 PM

Sacramento State University - Redwood Room 6000 J Street in Sacramento

Blues Dancing

Firehouse 5

7 PM (lessons), 8-11 PM (open dancing)

2014 B 9th Street Sacramento, CA 95818

Pole Dance

Davis Pole Dance Studio

6 PM, 7 PM, 8 PM

213 E Street, Suite E

Every Thursday

Style

Event

Time

Location

English Country Dancing

Renaissance Dancers

6:30 - 9 PM

varies by quarter; check wiki page

Salsa Dancing

The Station

Open dancing at 8:00 PM

1100 Orlando Avenue Roseville, CA. 95661

Argentine Tango Dancing

Firehouse 5

6:30 PM (beginner lessons), 7:30 PM (continuing lesson), 8:30 PM (open dancing/practica)

2014 B 9th Street Sacramento, CA 95818

Pole Dance

Davis Pole Dance Studio

6 PM, 7 PM, 8 PM

213 E Street, Suite E

Every Friday

Style

Event

Time

Location

Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Fusion

Davis Ballroom Dance Club

6-8 PM

Hoagland 168 at the UC Davis Campus

Country Dancing

The Graduate

9 PM

805 Russell Blvd, Davis

Salsa Dancing

Salsa @ Club 21

9 PM

1119 21st Street in Midtown Sacramento

Swing Dancing, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Blues, Balboa

Midtown Stomp

8 PM - Midnight

2534 Industrial Blvd., Suite 150 West Sacramento, CA 95691

Argentine Tango Dancing

Firehouse 5

7:30 PM (lesson)

2014 B 9th Street Sacramento, CA 95818

Every Saturday

Style

Event

Time

Location

Salsa Dancing

The Station

Open dancing at 8:00 PM

1100 Orlando Avenue Roseville, CA. 95661

Ballroom

The Ballroom of Sacramento

Lessons: 7:30 and 8:30, Open dancing: 8:30-11:30

6009 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95819

Argentine Tango Dancing

Pasion de Gotan: Close Embrace Argentine Tango

5:00 PM to 6:30PM Argentine Tango Fundamentals

Fiesta DanceN' Fitness 917 3rd Street, Davis, 95616

Pole Dance

Davis Pole Dance Studio

11 AM, 12 PM

213 E Street, Suite E

Children's Dance Classes Dance Daze Davis

9:45 am - 1:00 pm

44571 Clubhouse Drive, El Macero, CA 95618
(El Macero Country Club)

Every Other Saturday

Style

Event

Time

Location

West Coast Swing

Firehouse 5

7 PM (lessons), 8-11 PM (open dancing)

2014 B 9th Street Sacramento, CA 95818

Monthly

Style

Event

Day of the Month

Time

Location

Salsa Dancing

Salsa at The Spotlight

First and Third Saturdays

8:15 PM (lessons), 9:30 PM (Open dancing)

2534 Industrial Blvd., Suite 150 West Sacramento, CA 95691

Historic Ballroom Dancing

Sacramento Ballroom Society

2nd and 4th Saturday nights

Lessons at 7:30 PM, Open dancing 8:30-11 PM

9181c Kiefer Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95826

Contra Dancing

Sacramento Country Dance Society

Third Fridays (Oct-Nov, Jan-Jun)

7:30-10 PM

Davis Athletic Club

West Coast Swing

Firehouse 5

Second and Fourth Saturdays

Lessons 7-8 PM, Open Dancing 8-11 PM

2014 B 9th Street Sacramento, CA 95818

West Coast Swing

Capital Swing Dancers

Third Saturdays

Lessons: 5:30 PM, Open dancing: 6:30 PM

7997 California Ave Fair Oaks, CA 95628

Ballroom

Let's Dance Ballroom

First and Third Fridays

Lessons: 7:30-8:30, Open dancing: 8:30-10:30

9806 Old Winery Pl, Sacramento, CA 95827

Sacred Circle Dancing

International House Davis

Second Sundays

Lessons 2-4 PM

10 College Park

 

Dance Studios

These Dance Studios offer Dance Classes and training in Dancing

  • Momentum Dance and Fitness is located at the Davis Commerce Park on 2nd Street and provides a wide variety of dance classes for adults and children, as well as cardio fitness classes and one-time dance workshops with visiting instructors. Like on Facebook to stay notified of new classes and workshops
  • Applegate Dance Studio
  • Blueprint Dance Company
  • Aalim Middle Eastern Dance is a new Middle Eastern dance academy that is originally from London, then St. Louis and now right here in Davis. It teaches the various "cabaret" styles of Raks Sharki/ Oriental dance #bellydance# as well as folkloric styles from many different countries. Classes are taught by Lili who has 10 years of performing experience in St. Louis, MO as well as San Juan, PR as well as 4 years of teaching experience with Aalim Dance Co. Classes are for all ages, shapes and sizes and are meant for both total beginners and those that have already had some experience with bellydance. Classes are held independently at Barbara's Dancing Tonight Studio on Sundays from 8:30-9:30pm. Classes cost 6 for $50 #$8.33/ class# or a drop-in rate of $10/ class. Private lessons also available. You can contact LILI at lilibellydance@yahoo.com. (this dance company no longer exits in Davis as of July 2015)
  • STAGES "Where Ideas Move" Jazz - Tap - Ballet - Children Classes to Adult - All Levels Welcomed! Visit STAGES or "Like" us on Facebook to unlock the possibilities! Stages Dance Studio
  • Dance Baby Dance
  • Dance Daze Davis offers curriculum-based dance education for children as young as the age of 2. The Dance Daze program was founded by Saumirah McWoodson in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010. Seasonal sessions of creative movement, classical ballet, and hip hop/jazz classes are offered on Saturdays at El Macero Country Club. Though the club is private, Dance Daze classes are open to the public. An online registration form is required for all program participants. Free gifts, such as dance bags and water bottles, are provided to students who become members of the Dance Daze program. Learn more: http://dancedazedavis.com/
  • The Davis International Folk Dancers is an underground remnant of the 1950s and 60s folk dance movement where dances from Bulgaria, Israel, Greece, Armenia, and other countries with strange and wonderful dance traditions are given new life. The leaders of the group teach a class most Sunday evenings at the Davis Art Center, 7pm to 10pm, with all requests during the last hour. The dances range from simple to complex, from exotic to more popular. The members also make appearances at other locations and times for specific types of dance, such as Davis Israeli Dancing and Balkan folk dancing.
  • Fiesta DanceN' Fitness also known as FDF, is a dance studio, fitness gym, holistic health club and multi-cultural arts center. It is a space where students and instructors can come together to share common interests in promoting complete health, developing physical fitness, sharing music, studying international dance, and appreciating cultural diversity. Fiesta Dance N’ Fitness; mission is to encourage fun fitness for overall well-being, and to also promote respect for other cultures through World Arts Education. Check the online schedule http://fdfcenter.com/fdfschedule.php for updates on classes, workshops and seminars. (Fiesta Dance N' Fitness is now Synrg Arts & Wellness)
  • Spotlight Dance & Fitness - A ballroom, latin, and swing dance studio in West Sacramento. About a 10 minute drive from Davis, with a very friendly and supportive group of students and staff. The instructors here are all professional dancers and instructors, so whether you are a complete beginner, or a seasoned veteran, you are sure to get a quality dance education at Spotlight. Many Davisites and UCD students take classes here.
  • Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop and Performing Arts Center offers a variety of classes, including Modern/Contemporary, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Dance Team, Belly Dance, Fire Dance, Zumba, and Classes for children ages 4-6, and more. It is the school for the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre. The experienced, thirteen member, faculty brings both breadth and depth to a dancer's training. In addition to ongoing technique classes, the Dance Workshop also offers a wide range of summer dance intensives. For more information, visit our web site at http://www.trokanski.com.

Dance Classes

These are Dance Classes in Davis. Some are held at Dance Studios and others at a variety of other locations.

  • Dance troupe Kanz al-Sahara is teaching belly dance classes at the Davis Arts Center Summer 2014 on Wednesdays 6:30-8:00pm Link for more info
  • Aalim Middle Eastern Dance is a new Middle Eastern dance academy that is originally from London, then St. Louis and now right here in Davis. It teaches the various "cabaret" styles of Raks Sharki/ Oriental dance (bellydance) as well as folkloric styles from many different countries. Classes are taught by Lili who has 10 years of performing experience in St. Louis, MO as well as San Juan, PR as well as 4 years of teaching experience with Aalim Dance Co. Classes are for all ages, shapes and sizes and are meant for both total beginners and those that have already had some experience with bellydance. Classes are held independently at Barbara's Dancing Tonight Studio on Sundays from 8:30-9:30pm. Classes cost 6 for $50 ($8.33/ class) or a drop-in rate of $10/ class. Private lessons also available. You can contact LILI at lilibellydance@yahoo.com. THIS EMAIL DOESN'T WORK, PLEASE POST A WORKING ADDRESS, I TRIED TO CONTACT YOU :)
  • Argentine Tango with Miguel Taillant-Miguel Taillant, a native of Argentina, has been teaching tango for over 35 years. Classes Spring 2013 quarter are at South Silo on Sundays from 3 to 5 pm. Contact tangobravo2k@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
  • Barbara's Dancing Tonight teaches a variety of dance styles from hip hop to swing and ballroom. Barbara usually offers a few of her more popular introductory courses at a very low rate through Davis Parks & Community Services. This is a good way to find out if you like her style as well as a particular dance style; Barbara also employs other instructors who specialize in different dance styles. If you choose to sign up for classes through the dance studio, you can purchase these on a drop-in basis for greater flexibility.
  • Davis Ballroom Dance Club - We are a new student run organization with the goal of bringing ballroom dance to the Davis community. We will be holding weekly meetings with lessons followed by social dancing. This club is open to all levels from beginners to advanced dancers to learn new skills and practice their moves.
  • Dance Daze Davis offers curriculum-based dance education for children as young as the age of 2. The Dance Daze program was founded by Saumirah McWoodson in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010. Seasonal sessions of creative movement, classical ballet, and hip hop/jazz classes are offered on Saturdays at El Macero Country Club. Though the club is private, Dance Daze classes are open to the public. An online registration form is required for all program participants. Free gifts, such as dance bags and water bottles, are provided to students who become members of the Dance Daze program. Learn more: http://dancedazedavis.com/
  • Davis STAGES offers jazz, tap, and ballet for children and adults - All Levels Welcomed! Stages Dance Studio
  • The Davis International Folk Dancers is an underground remnant of the 1950s and 60s folk dance movement where dances from Bulgaria, Israel, Greece, Armenia, and other countries with strange and wonderful dance traditions are given new life. The leaders of the group teach a class most Sunday evenings at the Davis Art Center, 7pm to 10pm, with all requests during the last hour. The dances range from simple to complex, from exotic to more popular. The members also make appearances at other locations and times for specific types of dance, such as Davis Israeli Dancing and Balkan folk dancing.
  • Davis Israeli Dancing is for dancers of all ages and all levels of experience. Open to the public, Davis Israeli Dancing is held on the first and third Thursday of the month from 7 to 9 pm at Congregation Bet Haverim social hall.
  • Davis Swing Dancers
  • The English Country Dance Club, also known as the Renaissance Dancers, teaches English folk dance from the 1500s-1600s every Thursday and performs at Renaissance Faires and occasional campus events.
  • The International House Davis offers Salsa classes every Monday evening from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm, taught by Carlos Whyles, as well as Tango classes every Tuesday evening from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, taught by Damien Kima. Classes are free for I-House members or $5 per class to drop in. I-House also hosts occasional one evening dance workshops, see their calendar for upcoming events.
  • The International Social Dance Club is a new student organization that will be starting up in Fall 2008. Like the Davis International Folk Dancers they will do a wide variety of dances from around the world, but with a greater emphasis on western European partner dances (waltz, polka etc.) and more regular teaching. The club meets Wednesday nights from 8-10 in the ARC Pavilion. When you enter the Pavilion from the ARC side, follow the signs to the club.
  • Spotlight Dance & Fitness - A ballroom, latin, and swing dance studio in West Sacramento. About a 10 minute drive from Davis, with a very friendly and supportive group of students and staff. The instructors here are all professional dancers and instructors, so whether you are a complete beginner, or a seasoned veteran, you are sure to get a quality dance education at Spotlight. Many Davisites and UCD students take classes here.
  • Davis Parks & Community Services offers dance courses through their Recreation Program. These classes are very reasonably priced, and instruction is typically by professional dance instructors.
  • Popping Club @ UC Davis teaches popping, a funk style, at the ARC Pavilion or ARC Dance Studio four days a week (Monday - Thursday) and is open to all skill levels. Check the official website calendar for more information regarding lessons and open sessions.
  • The Sacramento Country Dancing Society puts on a Contra Dance every 3rd Friday at the Davis High School Dance Room from 8-11pm with a beginner's workshop at 7:30pm. The cost is $5 for students and $10 for adults, with a maximum of $25 per family.
  • Experimental College regularly offers a variety of dance styles at reasonable prices, including salsa, capoeira, and sometimes samba. Be sure to check the EC Guide at the start of each quarter to find out when classes will be held. In Spring 2010 Davis Ecstatic Dance is offered.
  • The Graduate and many other dance clubs often offer a free 30 minute or hour long lesson with your cover charge before they begin spinning beats. This is particularly true of certain styles such as country line, swing, and salsa... you're not likely to get an intro to hip hop at any club!
  • Dynamic Dancing with Yvette - Yvette teaches a variety of dance styles including: Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop and Bellydance. Classes are taught at three Davis locations and in Woodland.
  • Irish Dancing is taught at the Davis Art Center for kids, teens, and adults of various skill and energy levels.
  • Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop and Performing Arts Center offers a variety of classes, including Modern/Contemporary, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Dance Team, Belly Dance (both Traditional Cabaret Style and American Fusion Style,) Fire Dance, Cheer Dance, Zumba, Dance Improvisation and Body Conditioning Classes for Dancers. The Dance Workshop also runs FREE Dance for Parkinson's classes, which are classes specifically geared for people with Parkinson's Disease. During the summer, the Dance Workshop also offers a wide range of week long dance camps and intensives ranging from dance camps that offer younger dancers an experience with multiple dance forms to intensives that focus on technique, repertory, and performance, both live and for DVD audition choreography. It is the school for the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre. The experienced, thirteen member, faculty brings both breadth and depth to a dancer's training. Visit our web site at http://www.trokanski.com.
  • West Coast Swing Club - Weekly West Coast Swing and Blues Fusion lessons in Hoagland Hall on Mondays 8 - 9 PM, with social dancing from 9 to 11.
  • The ARC is now offering all sorts of dance classes, from Ballroom and Salsa to Bellydancing and Ballet. They are offered each quarter and are taught by a very knowledgeable group of instructors. Check the quarterly Recreation Guide (or the ARC website) for more information.
  • Hanneke Lohse teaches all-ages ballet at the Davis Art Center six days a week, and her dance group performs at the Veterans Memorial Theatre twice a year.

Performing Dance Groups

  • Kanz al Sahara is the award-winning belly dance troupe based at the Davis Arts Center and was founded by Belly Dance by Nyla. Performances include the UC Davis Picnic Day, UC Davis WEF, a concert at the Palms with the Brothers of the Baladi and many belly dance festivals in Sacramento and the Bay Area. Please visit Kanz al Sahara for more information on upcoming classes and performances. (as of July 2015, this troupe has been disbanded with members graduating and moving out of Davis)
  • Unbound Progression Dance Company (UPDC) is a dance group for UC Davis students who are passionate about jazz, contemporary/lyrical, ballet, hip-hop and tap. The group performs at several on and off campus events. Rehearsals focus on mastering technique and working on choreography for performances. They have previously performed at Relay for Life, Picnic Day, and the 2013 ESPN UC Davis basketball game.
  • Elite Dance Company is a competitive dance team at UC Davis. They incorporate several styles of dance including Ballet/Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary/Lyrical and tap into our routines. They perform at various UC Davis events throughout the year as well as compete in the biggest dance competition on campus, Davis Dance Revolution (DDR), on Picnic Day. The winter and spring quarters are dedicated to practicing for DDR (generally a jazz routine) as well as choreographing for their annual Spring showcase in May in which members put together several pieces of different styles to perform.
  • City Gate Dance is an on-campus Dance Ministry and the goal of this group is to show God’s love through dance to our audience.
  • Spirit In Motion Dance Company A ballroom, latin, and swing dance company which is run through Spotlight Dance & Fitness dance studio. Many of the performers are current UC Davis students or alumni of UCD. For more details on how to join, or how to book SIM for a performance or event, contact Spotlight at 916-649-DANZ and ask about Spirit In Motion.
  • Diverse Dance Dimensions is an on-campus multidimensional dance group. We incorporate several styles of dance — jazz, salsa, tap, hip-hop. We have an annual show and perform at various show- sponsored events.
  • Davis Ballet Company is an advanced level ballet company consisting of girls who love the art of classical ballet and want to perform while continuing their studies in other areas.
  • Davis Swing Kids
  • Impulse
  • Iranian Dance Team strives to teach its members the art of Iranian dance and educate the student body and the community about this aspect of Iranian culture.
  • English Country Dancers is a club on campus that teaches "set dances" in the style of Elizabethan-era English people, and performs at Renaissance Faires in Northern CA. They meet at 6:30 every Thursday. Check their wiki page for location updates. They will happily give lessons to anyone who stops by. People who have been in this for awhile have elaborate and beautiful costumes. Familiar with Contra? Want a challenge? You'll find elements of this style to be familiar. Heard of Morris dancing? We give that tradition a whirl a couple times a quarter.
  • Linda Bair Dance Company
  • MK Modern
  • Vision Dance Troupe is a contemporary based UC Davis student dance group that incorporates various dance styles such as lyrical, jazz, hip hop, salsa, bellydancing and more into their performances throughout the year, as well as their yearly showcase in Spring.
  • Telemark Dance Troupe exists to promote and foster the knowledge and expression of ballroom dance at UC Davis and in the surrounding community. We learn and perform as a Troupe as well as engage in fun activities outside of rehearsal and performance.
  • bohemian bellies is a Yolo County based bellydance troupe that performs for public and private audiences. (Maybe you have seen us at the Village Homes? Or the Farmer's Market? Or the Yolo County Fair?)
  • Davis Chinese Dance is a great place to learn about Chinese culture and perhaps a new and unique style of dancing for most people. Anyone can join (men included!), no experience necessary.
  • Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company based in Davis. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the company presents both Fall and Spring concerts every year in addition to community outreach programs such as the Davis Dance Project. See us on Facebook.
  • Hanneke and Co. is a ballet group that performs two ballets annually.
  • So K-pop (SoNE1) is a K-pop dance group that welcome all those we share an interest in dance covers to their favorite Kpop songs. Come and join us!
  • Competitive Ballroom Dance Team is a competitive ballroom, latin, and swing team on campus. Our aim is to promote the proper technique in these dances so that we can compete against other couples. We dance standard, smooth, latin, and rhythm.
  • West Coast Swing Club is a social dance club at UC Davis that primarily focuses on West Coast Swing - the official California State Dance.

Dance Styles

  • Capoeira is a Brazilian martial arts style dance.
  • Ceili Dancing is a form of Irish social dancing in which people dance fast dances in large sets. Ceili dancing used to be very popular in Davis, but is now done mostly in Berkeley at the Starry Plough on Monday nights. An Irish Arts and Culture Club held ceilis on campus, but has not been active since June, 2010.
  • Cha Cha is a Latin dance that originated as an offshoot of the mambo. The dance gets its name from its characteristic triple "cha cha cha" step, and is a flirty, playful dance.
  • Contra Dancing is an old time community dance where couples face each other in long lines up and down the dance floor and dance with every other couple in the line. Dances are generally done to live music, generally Celtic reels or jigs. Contra dancing has come back to Davis! Join us on third Fridays during the academic year at the Davis Athletic Club , 7:30-10pm. No partner is necessary, and all dances are taught. $10, or $8 students. See (Sacramento Country Dance Society) for more details.
  • Country .... Mondays and Saturdays at The Graduate are country nights.
  • Folk Dancing Square, Folklorico, Contra, English Country, Tribal Belly Dance, International, Israeli... You have to look to find them, but they are lots of fun, and easy to learn.
  • English Country Dancing is a style that replicates dances from Elizabethan England, and is performed at renaissance fairs in the United States. The Renaissance Dancers hold practices on Thursday nights on campus or around Davis.
  • Foxtrot originated as a vaudeville dance. It is a combination of quick and slow steps, danced in 4/4 time. Foxtrot is beautiful and romantic, but playful. It is most often associated with Frank Sinatra era tunes.
  • Merengue is danced to really fast Latin music. Basically, it's a two-step that's played about every other song in Latin dance clubs because even those with two left feet know how to march! It's an easy dance both to learn and dance with different partners. Merengue is versatile enough that those who don't know how to dance can do it, and those who know how to dance can dress it up with salsa-style flourishes. Tuesday nights are salsa nights at The Graduate where Merengue makes up about 25% of the music.
  • Paso Doble
  • Pole Sacramento Pole Dance Studio has a Davis location and teaches classes.
  • Popping is a modern dance form that can be found at the Popping Club @ UC Davis
  • Quickstep
  • Rumba
  • Salsa is a flashy and lively Latin American dance style initially used to describe all popular Latin dance forms, including mambo, rhumba, bugaloo, and cha-cha. Today, salsa refers primarily to modern versions of mambo, which come in several forms. like many other dances, can be broken down into regional styles - Colombian, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Israeli, Miami, New York and LA. Additionally, Casino rueda is a salsa variant performed in a synchronized circle with a caller, much like square dancing; this one's difficult to perform at clubs because of space and other considerations, but is fun at parties where most people know basic salsa. Tuesday nights are salsa nights at The Graduate. Saturday nights are salsa, latin nights at [Spotlight Dance & Fitness].
  • Samba is a Brazilian dance best known in the US in relation to Brazilian Carnaval. Carnaval samba is very different from the samba associated with ballroom dance. Carnaval samba is loads of fun and can get downright nasty, though you can dance a less performance-based style in Latin clubs.
  • Square dancing is actually nowhere near as awful when you're not 12 as it was when you got forced to do it in middle school; it's mathematically interesting and can be a lot of fun, like puzzle solving, depending on how clever the caller is. There is a square dancing group at the Senior Center.
  • Swing includes the lindy hop, jitterbug, and various swing styles such as east coast swing, west coast swing, and country swing. Davis Swing Dancers hosts lessons for several styles of swing, plus 2-3 hours of open dancing on Monday nights on campus. West Coast Swing Club also hosts west coast swing/blues fusion lessons and open dancing on Monday nights on campus. The Graduate hosts swing dancing on Sunday nights several times throughout the year. For more regular dancing, you'll have to go to Sacramento: Midtown Stomp on Fridays, Spotlight Dance on Fridays, Firehouse 5 on Sundays, or Club 21 on Tuesdays.
  • Tango is a dramatic ballroom dance with staccato movements. It is not the same as Argentine tango.
  • Viennese Waltz
  • Waltz

Other Places to Dance in Davis

* Froggy's had a DJ and dancing on Thursdays and Saturdays prior to closing off the downstairs. No room for dancing now as it is a comfortable, sit-down style pub now. Cold Shot played on Wednesdays until 2006 which lead to a lot of dancing. Still have a DJ but no dancing.

  • The Graduate has a decent dance floor and hosts various dance styles on different nights. Monday and Saturdays it is "Country night." Tuesdays are "Salsa Night." Sundays are also 18 and up nights where you can share the club with those not yet of age to drink.
  • G St. Wunderbar, formerly the G Street Pub has seen dancing on its dance floor, though it may depend on the show.
  • KetMoRee has dancing available on Fridays/Saturdays every week and occasionally on Thursdays for select groups.
  • Little Prague Bar has a small dancing stage and a dance floor with DJs playing every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Wednesdays they have various live bands for differnet styles of dancing.
  • Tres Hermanas, formerly Pasta, during the school year usually has dancing on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Places to Dance outside of Davis

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Are there other places to dance in Davis? Any opposition to opening this page up to dance venues outside Davis?


2006-08-16 22:33:17   I propose listing places to dance organized by dance style. Currently, the section on styles just looks like a "Wikipedia" style overview of dance genres. —EddieKim


2006-09-13 17:46:32   Where can I find a caller or band for contra dance or square dance? —JudithTruman


2008-05-10 06:50:49   Anyone know where I can go for break-dancing lessons? —Kafani

The EC usually has a class every quarter.


2013-04-08 09:33:25   The Woodland Stompers (and another group whose name I've forgotten) offer classes and the opportunity to do performances at local retirement homes. If you want to add info about that, call Elaine Hermle at 662 * 3383 for details. —LoisRichter