Shall we dance?

The purpose of this blog is to share tips and resources with dancers, especially for those of you who are just starting to dance. The focus of this site is ballroom dancing in New Jersey however I have included other locations in NY & PA and other forms of dance such as Argentine Tango and Zydeco. Please use your own judgment before investing in any service or product listed here.

Please let me know if you find a great place to dance. I'd be happy to add new venues and help the social dance community grow. salsadancer74@yahoo.. was established in July 2008.

Happy Dancing!

Ballroom Dance Syllabi & Competition Rules

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Syllabus

National Dance Council of America

Competition Rules from the NDCA

Learn to Dance using the Internet

Learning 2 Dance: Commercial web site with some free videos

Ballroom - Great Online Dance Tutorials, examples of music, find partners, history of dances.

Dance, positions, posture, walking & more.

You Tube Search for any type of dancing. Watch performances, competitions, dance lessons, etc.

Just for fun! - The Evolution of Dance - Watch this comedian dance. :)

USA Dance Chapters

USA Dance
"Our mission is to improve the quality and the quantity of ballroom dancing in the United States." One part of their mission is to "...attract beginners to ballroom dancing and to both encourage and assist these dancers in meeting their goals;

Local NJ Chapters

Central Jersey Chapter #3059
Membership application can be found here,

Garden State Chapter 3023
serves the Northern NJ/Gateway region including Hudson, Union, Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Warren, Morris, and Sussex Counties.

Arts & Theater

Burn the Floor on Broadway
"...a breathtaking blend of Latin and Ballroom dance first conceived as a special performance at Sir Elton John's 50th birthday celebration in 1997. It takes audiences on a journey through the passionate drama of dance. The elegance of the Viennese Waltz, the exuberance of Jive, the intensity of the Paso Doble—audiences experience them all, as well as the Tango, Samba, Mambo, Quickstep and Swing. It's Ballroom dance with a sexy 21st century edge. It will be performed on Broadway for a limited engagement starting July 25, 2009 until January 3."

Teatro Si
Music, Dance, Poetry, Art. Lots of Flamenco & Tango. The premier Latin American and Spanish performing arts company of New Jersey.

Alborada Spanish Dance Theater
New Jersey's Premier Flamenco & Spanish Dance Company

R&B/Soul Line Dancing

I Am Kenny J Productions (IAKJP)

Free dances & resources

Libraries have valuable free DVD's and books to borrow and they also hold free dance lessons & events at various times during the year. Check your library's web site for details. Ocean County Library is my favorite!

Ocean County Library, NJ
(On occassion the library will host free dance events. To check for programs, click Events & News, in the Search by Keyword try separate searches for "dancing", or "dance" or "ballroom" or "latin".

Search for your local public library in New Jersey

Public List of Libraries

New Jersey State Library List of Libraries

Rutgers Dances

Rutgers University Ballroom Dance Club and Ballroom Dance Team
(Socials are open to the public)


Digital Photo Lab, by Dennis Belikov


a Song and a Dance DJ Co” (Manasquan)

MB Music Services, LLC (Central Jersey)

Bands to Follow

David Cedeno and His Orchestra

Gas House Gorillas
"The band's repertoire encompasses a broad range of styles that include Jump Blues, Gypsy Swing, early Rock & Roll, Cajun Music and even the occasional funk groove. Artists as diverse as Wynonie Harris, Groucho Marx, Sam Cooke, Fats Waller, and Albert King all coexist in the Gorillas' musical vernacular. "

Ray Rodriguez & Swing Sabroso
"Since it's inception in 2001, Ray Rodriguez y Swing Sabroso have generated a growing number of loyal fans throughout the tri-state area and abroad. The group's distinctive style (Salsa Dura) is the result of the unique and extensive musical back grounds of the band's individual members, who have performed and recorded with some of the most recognizable names in Latin Music before joining together to intergrate Swing Sabroso."


Dancing your way to better health
By Miranda Hitti, Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD

Examples of workouts based on Ballroom dance moves

Dancing with the Stars Cardio Dance

Core Rhythms

Dance Movies

The Best Dancing Movies - Listmania -

Best Musical/Dance inspired movies - Listmania -


Learn Polka

Bay Way Polish Club (Elizabeth)

Dance Blogs

Dancing with the Stars Message Boards

Fred Astaire Dance Studios Blog

The Rhythm Lounge: Social Dancing & Dance Culture Around The World older version:

So You Think You Can Dance Blog

We Love to Dance….. Ras-This!

Dance Shoes, Apparel & Accessories

Shoes & Apparel

Back Bay Dancewear (apparel & dance shoes)

Ballo shoes (flat shoes)

Dance America Online

Discount Dance Supply (shoes & clothing)

La Duca Shoes (worn by Broadway & Hollywood stars)

One Step at a Time (Monmouth County, NJ)

Werner Kern Dance Shoes (produces a comfort line)

World Tone


Custom Cufflinks

Tango Jewelry (made in Argentina)


Shoe Brush

Wheelchair Dancing

What is Wheelchair Dance Sport

Wheelchair Dance Sport USA

American DanceWheels

Zydeco Dancing

Allons Danser events

For Larry's Zydeco events join his email list. Events held in Central/South NJ

The Northeast USA Edition with Festivals of Arnb.Org's Cajun Zydeco event schedule

Argentine Tango: NJ, NY, PA

New Jersey

ArgenTangoDancers (Cherry Hill)

Firehouse Tango (Maywood)

Red Bank Tango (Red Bank)

Tango Asado (Brookside)

Tango Pantera (Middletown)

Two for Tango (Bergen)

New York

Richard Lipkin's Guide to Argentine Tango in New York City


Seven Day Guide to Folk, Social and Traditional Dancing in and around Philadelphia (Tango included)

Dance Directories - Find studios & dance events (NJ & NY)

Time 2 Dance: search by state

NYC Dance Connection

Search the Asbury Park Press Events calendar for dances. Many
varied events appear on the web site.

Join email dance mailing lists

SwingDanceNJ on Facebook:

NJOYDANCING in Metro New York

John Lindo's Newsletter

CJF Danceworks

Zydeco/Join Larry's email list. Events held in South NJ

Ballrooms, Dance Studios, Organized Dances and Other Venues for Dancing in NJ

All Star Ballroom - (Brielle)
Saturday social dances!

Alluring Ballroom (East Brunswick)

Arthur Murray (Marlton & Princeton)

Asbury Park Press Events Calendar.
Check the calendar often for local dances.

Ballroom Bliss (Waretown)

Ballroom Etc. (Sea Girt)

Ballroom Dance Meetup
(check web site for details, location and to join group)

Battista Dance Studio (Hackensack)

Brian Sexton Academy of Performing Arts (Spring Lake) (lessons only)

Butch Artes Entertainment (North Jersey area)

Central Jersey Dance (Princeton)

Continental Dance Club (Bloomfield)

DanceCraft (Manasquan)
Ballroom Dances every Sat nite-8-11pm including lesson-$15

Daniel's Ballroom (Brick)

Fred Astaire (Manasquan)
Join the Meetup group:

Fred & Teri's Dance Social
732-905-9508St. Barbara Greek Church
2200 Church RoadToms River, NJ
Every 3rd Sunday of the month from 5-9 pm
* Free Lesson from 5:00 to 5:30 pm
Singles & Couples ~ All Welcome
$8.00 per person

Fred Astaire (Red Bank)

Highland Park Dance Society (Highland Park)

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church (Lakewood, NJ)
1st Sunday of the month
Central Ave & Monterey Circle
Lakewood, NJ 08701
All are welcome.
$10 per person.7:00 -10:00 pm,
8:00 pm lesson
For info or questions call Pat & Lance

Indigo Ballroom (Somerville)

Jersey Shore Ballroom Dance Club (Somers Point)

Just Dance (South Wall Banquet Facility, Wall)

La Fitte Dance Club (Freehold)

Long Beach Island Foundation of the arts (LBI, exit 63 GSP)
Ballroom Dance Socials, Call for Info: 609-494-1241

Ludos Ballroom (Whitehouse)

Middletown Arts Center (Middletown)
For the latest info on lessons & socials visit,
Join the group at

Friday Ballroom & Latin Socials
Friday, 10/09/09, 7:00pm- 10:00pm
Friday, 11/20/09, 7:00pm- 10:00pm
Doors open at 6:45pm, free lesson at 7pm, open dance 7:30 - 10 pm.
$15 per person, USA Dance Member discount available. *see the USA dance page to apply for membership.

Sunday Ballroom Socials
09/27/09, 2:00pm- 5:00pm
10/18/09, 2:00pm- 5:00pm
11/08/09, 2:00pm- 5:00pm
$15 per person, USA Dance Member discount available. *see the USA dance page to apply for membership.

Nash Dancenter (Randolf)

One Step at a Time (Manasquan)

Rogers DanceSport (Fairfield)

Sandra Fortuna's Universal Dance Center (Collingswood)

Shall We Dance (Toms River & Middletown)

Shore Ballroom Studio (Point Pleasant)

Stardust (Bellmawr)

Find Dance Partners using the Internet

Ballroom - Great Online Dance Tutorials, examples of music, find partners for free, history of dances.

Restaurants with live music

Europa South - Point Pleasant
Restaurant, bar, dancefloor & live entertainment. Friday and Saturday nights.

The Mill, Sea Girt, NJ - Networking parties. Include lots of dancing and food however this is not formal ballroom dancing, no lessons are provided. Join their email list for coupons. Visit their web site for upcoming events. Arrive early! Age group is 50's - 70's.

Teak Restaurant - Red Bank
64 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701, (732) 747-5775
Restaurant, bar, dancefloor. Live Salsa/Merengue usually starts around
10:30 pm, some Fridays. Call restaurant to confirm.

Dancing on TV

Past & Present TV Shows

America's Ballroom Challenge - PBS

Dancing with the Stars

So You Think You Can Dance