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So you've got your moves down and you want to practice, or maybe you're visiting from out of town and you want to know where to dance in Charleston. 

This is a good place to get started! Links to different groups' websites and Facebook pages are included so you can follow them and get the most up-to-date information about events. It's always recommended that you contact the organizer or venue in advance, just to make sure that something hasn't changed.

Happy dancing!


Tuesdays

Havana Nights Charleston

WEEKLY

Prohibition

547 King Street

8-9 pm Intro Salsa Lesson

9 pm- midnight Live Latin Jazz with the Gino Castillo Quartet

No cover. Buy drinks to support the venue and the band!

Vibe: A little wild, in a good way! The band is excellent-- but come hydrated because they play really long, really fast songs (average song length: 20 minutes). They take a long break, and during the break, there’s a mix of Salsa and Bachata (of normal lengths and speeds) played over the loudspeaker.

*Parking can be a little bit of an issue downtown, the Visitor’s Center Parking Garage (73 Mary Street) is a few blocks away and charges a flat rate of $5 after 5 pm. Sometimes you can luck out and find a street parking spot, but the garage is nice, well-lit, and an easy walk.


Fridays

Fridays rotate between multiple venues, it can get a little confusing.


First Friday Salsa Social

1st Friday

Salsa Party with Shi and Sarah at the Ballroom Dance Club of Charleston.

2408 Ashley River Road

West Ashley 

$10 cover, BYOB.

Intro lesson around 9-9:30 pm, open dancing 10 pm-1 am.

Vibe: The floor is FABULOUS. This tends to be more dancers and less party people, so you’ll usually get in a lot of good dances. Ample parking is a plus! The Ballroom Dance Club is a wonderful facility with a great floor so take advantage of it!


The Return of Mambo Nights

2nd Friday

Salseros of Charleston/Charleston Latin Dance hosts at Holy City Salsa Dance Studio

1954 Ashley River Road Suite H (Behind Rite Aid off Savage Road in West Ashley).

$10 cover

Intro lesson 7-8 pm, Open dancing 8-11 pm.

Vibe: The host, Yaenette Dixon, always brings in guest DJs who run the congress circuit, so the music is FIRE. There's always a good crowd...be prepared to sweat and dress accordingly.


TGI- Friday Night Salsa Social

4th Friday

Oui Dance 2 Latin Dance hosts at their permanent home, the Festival Dance Centre.

5101 Ashley Phosphate Road Suite 138

North Charleston

8-9 pm Intro Lesson

9 pm-1 am Social dancing

$10/person, BYOB.

Vibe: This is a newer venue and has a huge beautiful floor and ample tables/couches to hang out in. The music is always on point! 


Saturdays

Latin Night with Latin Groove at Sushi Blue

WEEKLY

61 State Street

$10 cover

10 pm-2 am.

DJ Luigi of Latin Groove (Charleston’s longest running Latin party promoter) spins at this restaurant.

Vibe: More of a club vibe-- he plays Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Reggaeton, and some top 40. A lot of people are out partying in the Market Street area on Saturday nights and find their way to Sushi Blue. Good music and fun, though the amount of dancers who attends varies. The restaurant is great, so you can go early and eat.



Saturday Social

2nd Saturday

Oui Dance 2 Latin Dance hosts at their permanent home, the Festival Dance Centre.

5101 Ashley Phosphate Road Suite 138

North Charleston

8-9 pm Intro Lesson

9 pm-1 am Social dancing

$10/person, BYOB.

Vibe: This is a new venue and it’s got a huge, beautiful floor with ample table/couch space to lounge. The music is always on point!


4th Sunday

Holy City Salsa Dance Studio

Salsa Sundays hosted by Holy City Salsa Dance Studio

7:30 pm Intro Salsa Lesson

8-11 pm Open Dancing

$10 cover, BYOB

1954 Ashley River Road Suite H

(Behind Rite-Aid off Savage road).

Vibe: Casual/laid back, usually a good mix of levels. All are welcome!