Old Town offers a plethora of entertainment options, from brewery tours to window shopping to concerts. However, there is another realm of downtown culture that often goes untapped: dancing.
And before you tell me you can’t: Yes, you can. You just have to get your two left feet out there. Lucky for you, Old Town offers plenty of low-cost opportunities to dance.
Salsa at the Rio
Lessons start at 7:30 p.m., followed by open dance from 8 to 10 p.m. Bring $5 for the entrance fee and look for the door labeled “Agave Room” to the right of the restaurant’s main entrance.
A beautiful dance floor and an enthusiastic crowd make this venue a fun and safe way to release all your pent-up Latin passion. You’re welcome.
Indigo Blues at the Masonic Temple
There’s nothing quite like a little blues dancing on a Friday night in the basement of a Freemason’s temple.
This serious-looking building at 225 West Oak St. boasts a surprisingly lovely dance floor on its lower level. Every Friday, Indigo Blues offers lessons from 8:30-9:30 p.m. with open dance from 9:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. Entrance is $5, with $1 off if you attend the lesson. A variety of music is played, and door prizes are a common occurrence.
So if you’re feeling bluesy on a Friday night, head to the Temple, and go in the smaller door to the right of the main entrance. Go down the stairs, and you’re there.
Swing and Blues at Old Town Yoga (OTY)
For this lovely venue, yoga is just a day job. If you are a fan of blues and swing, head to 237 Jefferson St. on Saturday nights.
The dancing is divided into two rooms: swing upstairs and classic blues downstairs. At 11 p.m., swing moves downstairs and blues is continued upstairs with fusion music (which can be anything from hip-hop to dubstep). Lessons are from 8-9 p.m., one for swing and one for blues. Entrance is $5 until 11 p.m. (Entrance is free after 11, but it is courteous to make a small donation.)
Think twice about wearing your heavy jeans and felt fedora because it gets hot upstairs, and remember proper footwear because any shoes that can scuff up the gleaming wood floors must be removed at the door.
Collegian A&E Reporter Rachel Fountain can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @rachelcfountain.