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I've been wanting to go out dancing at a night club, but I
haven't been out for almost 15 years. Any recommendations
about where to go? I want to dance to current music, but
not feel like I'm the oldest person in the club. wanna be a
Try Askenaz, San Pablo at Gilman. Different music depending
on the night, usually there is a lesson first (great time to
meet others) and lots of great partners show up so you don't
need to bring your own, big range of ages attend. Calendar
And try the Friday night Zydeco dances at Eagles Hall in
Alameda near Park Street...Calendar at
http://calendar10.tripod.com/ Local Zydeco bands play here
along with bands from Lousiana. Same deal as above with
lesson, partners and ages. Going out at 60
OK - who on this list was around the Bay Area in the late
80s and 1990s? I am dying to go out and get my groove on,
but I need recommendations for old-school places like
Berkeley Square, Nicky's, Blakes, DNA Lounge, Elbo Room -
places that aren't around anymore but played good, danceable
music and had a 'we're here to dance' vibe. Where you could
just go and dance with whoever was there and have a good
time. Come on, mamas! Where do you go to relive that
feeling: before kids, careers, responsibilities... dancing
I LOVE dancing to David Harness - http://djdavidharness.com/
- soulful, with Latin, Blues, Gospel sometimes Arabic
infusion. I toss down a drink and let my mind go and my
body do all the talking! I love going to Era when David
plays 2nd friday of the month; and I often go to the Layover
any night and get funky grooves. Both places are in Oakland
and are diverse in all senses of the word. (I'm 40 and I
don't feel old, I don't feel young. I feel perfect End
Up can be fun too. They start early on Sundays so you can
start around 8PM and get home by midnight hot and sweaty!
Also check out The Mighty.
Good luck Dancin' Queen!!
Dancin' Queen Too
Dear Dancing queen,
I totally get it! I, too, grooved at many of the places you
mentioned almost weekly in the early to mid-90s. It was a
great time to be out and about in the Bay Area.
Unfortunately, I have no real suggestions for recreating
that experience now. I'll be curious to see what others
recommend. Maybe I'll see you out there on the dancefloor...
Nostalgic for Booty Shaking
As an ex clubber of the 80's and 90's, my advice, skip the
clubs! Ecstatic Dance in Oakland www.ecstaticdance.org/ is a
wonderful and safe place for a woman to show up and dance on
her own. Wed nights are a bit more lively, Sunday morning, a
bit more calm. Dance to a DJ, mostly barefoot, no drugs or
alcohol, no talking on dance floor. Another safe and
wonderful space is Dance Journey in Berkeley on Fri nights.
And then it's on to Marin or San Rafael for 5 Rhythms/Sweat
your Prayers for Wed nt, Sat morn, and Sun morn dances.I
believe their website is listed under Moving Center in
Marin. Such choices! All are safe and amazing places to
move! I started going nearly 10 years ago, often showing up
by myself. This type of movement and amazing the community
has kept me sane, fit and happy through my Parenting. The
ages range from early 20's to 60's. I still go twice a week.
Gotta keep movin',
I am a middle-aged married mom, but still love to go out dancing with my
girlfriends when I can find the right place. The club in SF that I used to go
to semi-regularly changed their DJ recently, and it's just not the same. I
tend to like a pretty mixed crowd as far as ages, ethnicity, gay/straight. I
like the energy of a place where people love to dance, and where it does not
feel too much like a pick up scene. A little of this is OK, but not overly
sleezy. I love soul/house music best. It could be a club in the
Berkeley/Oakland area or SF. Anything that starts earlier--9ish would be
great. It could be a weeknight or weekend. I'm not really into the contact
improv, no alcoholic drinks scene. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
Mama That Still Likes To Get Her Groove On
Not really a night club, but Ashkenaz on San Pablo at GIlman is
the best dancing place, for the sake of dancing, I've ever been
I'm 35 and love to DANCE!
I can recommend a web site http://www.alfandalf.com/
they have really great parties, they always have house, salsa,
Brazilian and middle eastern music.
I'm a big fan of house so spun-day on Sunday, you can go to
ruby Skye for great house on Friday and Saturdays.
unfortunately all the great party promoters have retired.
Keep on dancingkeeps the soul young!
A friend told me about Air Lounge in downtown Oakland on 9th and
Washington. Check out their website:
I heard that the crowd is thirty-something +, diverse and the
DJs play deep soul.
Also, I hear that Kitty's is a fun place to eat and dance in
My husband and I have always enjoyed dancing together, but have
rare opportunities these days to ''go out dancing'' like we once
did. We have the date set for a babysitter, but now the question
is WHERE??? We'd prefer something where we wouldn't be ''the old
folks'' (we're 38 and 43) and where we'd actually know some of the
music. We are willing to go to SF. Please include details, eg.
what time to get there, etc.
We are so lucky to be living in the Bay Area where there are lots of great places for us
'older folks' to get our groove on.
Ashkenaz on San Pablo & Gilman has different kinds of dance music
6 nights a week and welcomes all ages: www.ashkenaz.com. La Pe
1a on Shattuck near Ashby tends to present Latin and World music. San Francisco's Metronome
Ballroom offers Friday Night Parties as well as classes: www.metronomedancecenter.com. Since
you didn't specify your musical preferences, it's hard to be more specific, but feel free to
contact me for more ideas. Dancing is my passion/therapy, and I really encourage other
parents to keep
doing it -- for life!
You are not THAT old!! I also like to dance and don't go out enough to know ALL the spots,
but here are a few. Not knowing what kind of music you like...
La Pena has latin bands on occassion check their calendar Ashkenaz has dance bands and ALL
ages are welcome and it's usually not that young.
Montero's has salsa on Saturday night-also all ages The Caribe is being revived on Webster
and 14th (I think) in Oakland. There is salsa, and hopefully carribbean music on some nights.
I haven't been there lately, but if it is a latin and carribbean crowd all ages are also
I hope that helps!
Still dancing at 44
Ashkenaz is fun for ethnic variety. I'm hoping others will suggest some places for 70's/80's style
''popular'' dancing, too.
I've been thinking recently about what to do for upcoming
birthday and it came to me in a flash when I was dancing around
the living room with the vacuum cleaner...this body needs to
dance! But I have no idea what kind of clubs are out there. Are
there any that play music other than hip hop? And also are there
places that you don't have to buy tons of drinks?
Ashkenaz. See website at http://www.ashkenaz.com/.
My wife and I started a circle dance group in Berkeley 20 years ago, and it's still
going strong. Simple folk dances from Israel, Scotland, Greece, Russia, the US (Hopi,
Zydeco, Shaker, etc.), many other places, done in a circle. Each dance is taught just
before doing it. We put out an inconspicuous donation basket and appreciate a few
dollars, entirely optional. Details at http://www.circledancing.com. Typically 15 to
20 people each Friday evening. Not many children, due to late hour (8 to 10), but
they come to special events such as our Maypole dance in the park, and the
wonderful San Francisco Free Folk Festival (June 18-19 this year).
Ashkenaz on San Pablo ave off of Gilman street in Berkeley
(across from REI) has dancing every night. A different theme.
Swing, Salsa, Cajun, World Beat, etc. They have a 1/2 hour
lesson before the ''real dancing'' starts. Very low key Berkeley
type of place. Safe, you don't have to buy drinks....in fact,
I'm not sure that they serve alcohol. You can park in the REI
parking lot. You can probably find their schedule on line, or
stop by and pick one up. Great place to go dancing, with people
For ballroom dancing and maybe a lesson beforehand, try:
Alegro Ballroom in Emeryville
Metronome Ballroom near Potrero Hill in SF
Different days of the week they have different types of music
If Caesar's Latin Palace is still open (at Mission and Caesar
Chavez in SF), it's a hoot. Great Salsa with a class in the early
evening to get one started.
Ashkenaz! (San Pablo at Gilman) Check out the Nigerian Brothers when
they are playing. .Great fun , great dancing and the drinks are optional
(there is also water after you work up a sweat) The crowd is really
ecclectic and the band has quite a fan club so it gets crowded.
Love to dance
Berkeley Folk Dancers meet five nights a week at Live Oak Park.
The beginners night is Thursday. Officially, the new beginners
classes start in the fall, but they teach a few new dances, and
review some, each week so don't be worried about starting now.
For more information, you can try their web site
http://host18.hrwebservices.net/~myjackp/bdindex.html or send me
I am looking for a barn or barn-like structure to hold a party
(small wedding actually). We plan to cater it, and have
music/dancing, so the barn would have to be animal free
and empty. Any suggestions would be helpful, I am not
having much luck with this. Thanks!
You might want to check out ''The Barn'' in Livermore. maybe a
little far? but I grew up in Livermore and recall many a country
and/or polka dance night there with my folks as a fun evening
out. It's a city-owned huge sheet metal barn with cement floor
and great huge wooden beams near the (old) main Library.. I think
it's on Pacific Ave - if a quick search doesn't yield anything,
call the reference desk at the Livermore Public Library and the
reference librarian should be able to point you to the right
wanted to be country girl
Try contacting Smith Family Farm in Brentwood.
Although a little different, there is the Camel Barn in Benecia.
Kid-friendly dance places
Hello. My two kids, ages three and seven, both love to dance at
weddings and parties with other kids and adults. Does anyone know
a good place to dance with kids that is not dependent on others'
parties? I would love to get some dance into my own life - folk
dancing, circle dancing, contra dancing, cajun dancing, whatever
is joyous and fun - but would like to find a place that is very
kid friendly. We have experianced this in other contries/cultures
but haven't yet found it in east bay. Thanks.
Ashkenaz (2 reviews)
There are weekly cajun/zydeco dances in Alameda on Friday nights
at the Eagle's Hall. There is a free lesson from 8-9 pm and a
live band starting at 9 pm.
There are also occasional Sunday afternoon dances there.
It is a very family-friendly place, although one can also get a
drink there if one wants. The kids will especially like the
free cookies! The Eagles are apparently similar to the Knights
The man who runs the dances and teaches the free dance lessons
is very nice and very knowledgeable. His website, with all of
the information about the dances at Eagle's Hall and other
upcoming cajun/zydeco events, is
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