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Calendar of Events
At-a-Glance: Current Lessons and Dances
Dance Lessons
Our Instructors
Links to Dance Resources
Current Announcements
Take Five Cafe

Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center is bustling with activity every weekend and throughout the week. Lessons, classes, social dances and special events offer fun and instruction for every dance enthusiast. This Silver Spring ballroom welcomes dancers of every level of experience.

Between dances, be sure to visit our Take Five Cafe, which serves light fare as well as beverages including beer and wine.

Social Dances at Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center

Start your weekend with a dance on Friday and keep dancing all week long. There is no need to preregister; just come. A complimentary lesson, which starts an hour before the dance, is usually included in the admission price.

Singles, couples and groups are always welcome at all dances.

Our Calendar of Events lists all scheduled dances, lessons, practice sessions and special events.

  • Friday Evening

    Kick off the weekend with a night of West Coast swing lessons followed by a dance party that goes to 1:00 am.

  • Saturday Evening

    Learn the latest salsa and bachata moves and enjoy the dancing at our lively Latin Nights a few Saturdays every month.  When a Latin Night is not scheduled, a social ballroom dance or special event probably is on the calendar.

  • Sunday Evening

    Sunday evenings feature social ballroom dancing. With the best of contemporary music and ballroom classics, these dances are a fitting way to end the weekend on a high note.

  • Afternoon Tea Dances

    Tea Dances allow dancers to enjoy daytime ballroom dancing without the nighttime drive and without fighting rush hour traffic.  Please check the calendar for scheduled dates. The dance floor usually has fewer dancers during the day, making it a perfect time to practice, perfect and enjoy  all styles of dancing.

Social ballroom dances usually feature group dancing (such as line dances) and mixers to encourage dancers to change partners and meet other dancers.

See more details about Social Ballroom Dances and Lessons before Dances.

Special Events at Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center

In additional to our regularly scheduled social dances, we hold special events around holidays, such as New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day, or just because. Watch for announcements of these, and send us your suggestions for events you’d like to see offered.

For advance purchase of special event tickets, please visit our Online Store.

Music for Ballroom Dances

Our professional DJs play a wide variety of dance music, from current and classic hits to ballroom standards.  A variety of ballroom dance music is played, with an emphasis on the particular dance featured in the evening’s complimentary lesson. Before each song, the DJ will announce the appropriate dance. Our DJs are happy to accommodate your favorite requests whenever possible.

Songs are played at tempos in keeping with American and International standards. View a list of TEMPO RECOMMENDATIONS for dance music.


Social Ballroom Dances:  $16 for full price and $11 for students with a valid full-time ID.
Our social ballroom dances include a pre-dance lesson in the price of admission.  Please see the calendar for prices of afternoon Tea Dances, practice dances, practice sessions and special events.

West Coast Swing Dances: $15
West Coast swing dances (Dave Moldover’s Dance Jam Productions) include pre-dance lessons for beginners as well as experienced West Coast swing dancers in the price of admission.  Student Discount, with full-time student ID:  $8.

Latin Night Dances:
Around $20 or so for entire evening (both workshops and dance party)
Around $18 or so for dance party only (arrive after 10:00 pm)

Latin Night dances (Mr. Mambo’s Salsa Social Dance Party with the Bachata Invasion) have multiple workshops, including something for dancers of all experience levels. The workshops usually start 2 hours before the dance starts. Tickets for the dance only are sold separately.

PLEASE NOTE: Tommy Smith (“Mr. Mambo”) offers an ever-expanding and very exciting program.
That means that sometimes times and fees will vary. Please check his website  for accurate and timely schedules and lists of workshops, instructors and DJs.

LessonsClasses and Events:

Lessons before social dances are usually included in the price of admission to the dance.  The price of other lessons varies.  Please check the calendar and  the detailed list of  Featured Classes and Dances for specific pricing.

Special Prices and Discounts:

Birthday Specials:  Complimentary admission
Allow Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center to treat you to a regularly priced social ballroom dance for your birthday. On any day during your birthday month, please show your driver’s license to our front desk attendant, who will issue you a free admission, as well as a complimentary drink and treat from our snack bar. Happy Birthday! *

Student Discount:

Full time students showing valid identification are admitted to social Ballroom dances at a discounted price of $11. Many of our other events and lessons are also discounted for students. Check the calendar for event specific discounts.

Discount for Instructors:

Instructors who reserve ahead of time a table for themselves and 6 paying customers (friends/students of the instructor) will receive free admission to a regularly scheduled and normally priced social Ballroom dance.

Lessons, Classes and Events:

Lessons before social dances are usually included in the price of admission to the dance.  The price of other lessons varies.  Please check the calendar and our Current Lessons, Classes and Events for specific pricing.

Gift certificates:
Know someone who loves to dance? Need a gift? No problem. Gift certificates are available for our social dances. Simply ask the front desk attendant or purchase now from our online store.

Links and Connections

Hollywood Ballroom Dance Center does not stand alone in its support of the art of dance.  Here are some of our favorite links.  We hope you find them useful.

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