Where to go dancing in Brisbane

Everybody wants to shake that tail feather, but can you do it well? Whether you're a beginner or dancing expert wanting to get back into it, everyone is welcome to get their groove on around Brisbane. We’ve pulled together the best places for you to foxtrot, pirouette, sashay and tango to satisfy those toe-tapping urges.

Mad Dance House

Mad Dance House

Visit the Mad Dance House studio on Adelaide St where you can learn more than 15 styles of dance from beginner to advanced classes suitable for all ages. Classes include jazz, tap and popping as well as yoga and Pilates to train your core and adopt correct breathing techniques. If you’re feeling a little shy dancing in front of others, private dance classes are available. 

Soul’sa at Cloudland 

Hotter than a chilli salsa is Cloudland’s Thursday night Soul’sa, where from 9pm the Valley’s urban oasis switches over to up-tempo double-time as a Latino-inspired dance hall.

Infectious live Cuban funk music, fun dance lessons and even some cheeky tequilas flow throughout the venue, making it a slice of urban life for those who like to cha cha cha and for those who like to watch. International pop sensation Selena Gomez even showed off her Latin roots at a class. 

Rio Rhythmics 

Rio Rhythmics

Put the spring back into your step and inject passion into your life with social Latin dance. At Rio Rhythmics you’ll learn step-by-step all the technical elements of how to salsa and samba along with gaining cultural insights to the styles so you can dance with authentic Latin passion. The best place to start is the Latin Dance Starter Course, where you’ll learn six styles in six weeks. 

Latin Fridays at Reddacliff Place

Although Latin Fridays have been running for a few years now, it still remains a somewhat unknown secret, with Reddacliff Place (outside the Treasury Casino on Queen St) transforming into an energetic hub of dance each Friday from 7pm. 

The night begins with an informal (and free!) dance class to get you familiar with the basic moves, then you’re on your own to dance and mingle with others. It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded folk, and heading out for casual drinks after is the norm.

No Lights No Lycra

No Lights No Lycra

Created for those who love to hit the dance floor but feel a little uncoordinated, No Lights No Lycra brings the best of dance in a free environment – no lights, no teacher, no steps to learn and no technique or coordination required. Anyone can come along to the Tuesday night event held from 7-8pm at the Colossus Reception Lounge in West End. 

Empire Swing

Be a part of the most exciting partner dance styles from the roaring 20s, 30s and 40s. Swing dance lessons start at $15 a class and are held each night of the week from 6:30pm at various locations. Swing on down for a class. 

Pure Pole Fitness & Dance Academy

Pure Pole

For something a little different, step out of your comfort zone with a class at Pure Pole Fitness & Dance Academy. Conveniently located right in the heart of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, this large pole fitness and dance academy provides world-class training to all levels of students, from beginners to professionals. Participate in core fitness, stretch and flex, and pole tricks classes. It’s the fun way to get fit. 

River City Ballroom

Located in cultural West End, River City Ballroom will have you gliding across the dance floor in no time. Specialising in private lessons, River City takes you through the steps one-on-one before matching you with similarly skilled dancers in a fun and social atmosphere. 

Zumba Fitness

Get your sweat on with the fun hip swingin', body movin' exercise phenomenon, Zumba. A number of locations around Brisbane host these exercise classes throughout the week. Find yourself in Toowong or West End on Monday and Thursday evenings, or Kenmore on Saturday evenings. 

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