West Coast Swing lessons & dancing Fridays at Hollywood Ballroom.
SOCIAL DISTANCING – COVID19
Dave Moldover’s Dance Jam Productions team has hosted weekly West Coast Swing lessons and social dance parties in the DC area for nearly 2 decades. Friday nights have been the area’s largest for many years. Hollywood Ballroom is a perfect venue for all this fun with it’s giant 7,200′ floating hardwood dance floor.
WHAT? – West Coast Swing is one of today’s most fun, exciting, casual and versatile, contemporary social dances. It offers fun anyone can enjoy. The crowd is very diverse and friendly. Fridays offer friendly group classes where everyone is welcome. No partner or experience is required. All you need is a desire to have some fun, meet friendly people and learn a new social skill. Beginner classes are taught as a progressive month long series which begin every 1st Friday of the month. The Level 2 intermediate classes offer dancers with some experience a chance to learn more complex patterns, styling and techniques with rotating guest instructors. The party that follows has become legendary for attracting over 200 friendly dancers from near and far. There is a well stocked snack bar with fresh fruit, veggies, desserts and more. Sodas & Snacks are included. Alcohol beverages are for sale at the bar. There are tables and social spaces off the dance floor for taking a break or mingling. Many of the dancers are long time regulars who have been dancing with us for 10+ years. We have a Code of Conduct to help everyone understand some ways we can all help to keep our social dance community fun and safe for everyone to enjoy.
WHEN? – Dances are held EVERY Friday except for an occasional holiday or when we close in support of 3 annual all weekend events. Scheduled closings will be listed here. If bad weather is forecast please check this page for last minute information.
NEXT BEGINNER CLASS SERIES (TBD) This is the very best night to bring a friend, family member or co-worker out to experience the fun. First time students arriving for the start of the 7:30pm beginner class get in FREE (1st Fridays only!) Hosts Dave Moldover, Debbie Tuttle Steffanina and the DJP teaching team will get them started out right in a friendly, supportive and inclusive group class. Experienced dancers are encouraged to arrive early to meet new dancers. It’s great practice for all level.
West Coast Swing 101 video series – Review basic patterns
WHERE? – Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center (301) 326-1181
2126 Industrial Parkway Silver Spring, MD 20904
Off Rt. 29 in Montgomery County between Randolph Rd. and New Hamsphire Ave. Across from DMV.
Minutes from the ICC, I-95, I-495. 20 minutes south of Columbia.
Parking – lots of easy, free, well-lit parking in the off street lot.
SCHEDULE – 7:30pm Basic Beginner West Coast Swing Series. No partner or experience required. Experienced dancers are encouraged to participate too. This class runs as a monthly series beginning the 1st Friday of the month. New beginners should join on the 1st Friday of the month. A questions & answer with supervised practice session just for beginners is offered from 8:15-9pm during the intermediate lesson.
8:15pm Intermediate West Coast Course. New challenging material for more experienced social dancers taught by a variety of guest instructors. You should be experienced with all the basics of West Coast Swing social dancing.
9pm -1am Dancing with DJ Dave Moldover & the DJP team.
ABOUT THE VENUE – Hollywood Ballroom features a 7200′ floating, wood dance floor in a decorated ballroom. Dance Jam Productions serves Sodas, ice water, fruit, snacks and a loaded dessert buffet beginning at 9pm. Alcohol beverages are for sale at the ballroom’s bar. County law prohibits outside alcohol beverages. The ballroom is non-smoking. Parking is abundant in the lots surrounding the ballroom.
What’s Nearby? – These restaurants and more are walking distance. Plan a dinner meetup or a late night stop – TGI Fridays(2am), IHOP(24hrs), Panera Bread, Qdoba, Five Guys, Asian Bistro & Sushi, Chik fila, Jerry’s Pizza and more. Hollywood Ballroom’s bar is open til 1am.
COST: $15 for adults ($8 under 21), cash or checks only
includes: Lessons, dancing, ice water, snacks, drinks and dessert buffet.
BEGINNER SPECIAL! – First Fridays only, new students in the door by 7:30pm for the start of the monthly series get in FREE! Bring a friend, co-worker or family member. We’ll offer them a warm welcome and help to get them dancing quickly.
THE DJP TEAM
The Dance Jam Productions local dance team is currently led by Dave Moldover and Casey Daniels with help and support from many. We have hosted over 1500 social dance events in the Washington DC area.