Whether you want to pulse with me at blues or stomp, clap and whoop at contra, whether you want to learn ochos at tango or the Charleston at swing, there’s a dance out there to help kick your winter blahs.

Regardless of the style, the sentiment of the organizers is one and the same. As Frenchek says, “I hope someone new finds it a welcoming place.”

Grab a friend or show up solo to one of the many dances in the city. While this list is not comprehensive, it’ll get you tapped into the pulse of Pittsburgh’s social dancing scene. Check the websites for any specific schedule changes.


Ballroom PGH

Thursdays, Lesson 7-8pm; dancing 8-10:30pm at Wightman School Community Building, Squirrel Hill; $10 cover


Hot Metal Blues

Tuesdays, Lesson 8pm; DJ/dancing 9pm-midnight at Peter’s Pub, Oakland 2nd floor, free

James Street Pub

Hosts swing/blues dancing many Friday nights; check website for details

Steel City Blues

An annual blues workshop weekend, coming up in March. Three days of dances and workshops with national and international instructors.


Pittsburgh Contras and Squares

Fridays, Lesson 7:30-8pm; live music/dancing 8-11pm at Swisshelm Park Community Center; $10 adults/$7 students


Salsa Pittsburgh

Mondays, Lesson 9pm; DJ/dancing 10pm-2am at Seviche, Downtown, free

This website lists the Salsa happenings around the city. There are dances every night of the week. 


Tuesdays, Lesson 9pm; dancing follows until 1am at Steel Cactus, Southside, free

Bachata Night

Thursdays, Lesson 9:30-10pm; DJ/dancing 10pm-2am at Perlé, Downtown; free

Salsa Fridays

Fridays, Lesson 10-10:30pm; Dancing 10:30pm-1: 30am at The Cabaret at Theater Square, Downtown; $5 cover; 21+


Monthly dances, Door and music 7pm; dancing 8-11pm $10 adult/$5 student; The New Bohemian, BYOB; all ages; Like on Facebook for event details


Tartan Swing

Thursdays, Lesson 7:30-8:30pm; dance 8:30-10:30pm; Locations shift between Pitt and CMU, check website for details; free

James Street Pub

Hosts swing/blues dancing many Friday nights; Check website for details

Swing City

East Coast Swing; Saturdays, Lesson 8-9pm; DJ or Live Band/dancing 9pm-midnight at Wightman School Community Building, Squirrel Hill; $11 cover


Argentine Tango with the Pittsburgh Tangueros

Wednesdays, Lesson 8-9pm; Milonga (tango dance party) 9pm-midnight at Peter’s Pub, Oakland, 2nd floor, free


Sundays, Dancing 8pm-11pm at Wightman School Community Building, Squirrel Hill; $10 on DJ nights


Absolute Ballroom

Hosts West Coast Swing dancing on Tuesdays and Salsa on Sundays, as well as many other dances throughout the week.

CATS Dance (Carnegie Alliance for Traditional and Social Dances)

Holds get-togethers for contra dances, French dance, and other traditional social dances.

Los Sabrosos Dance Co.

A dance company that offers many different styles of dancing, but specifically offers Salsa dancing on Wednesday and Saturday nights