Dance in Columbus: Where beginners can start
If signing up for a lesson at one of the many dance studios around town intimidates you, here are some pressure-free places to take the first step.
Dancing on the Slow Down
This class, held every Sunday at the small but spirited Grandview space, is designed for people with no dance experience who are interested in contemporary movement. A single class costs $10, and Columbus dance machine CoCo Loupe instructs participants on how to explore movement by slowing things down.
2-3:30 p.m. Sundays
1199 Goodale Blvd., Grandview
The nonprofit organization Swing Columbus hosts this event every Wednesday. Take a short intro course and then triple-step-rock-step, dip and dive the night away.
Nyoh's Buckeye Bar & Grill
7:30-8 p.m. beginner six-count swing lessons; 8-11 p.m. open swing dance, Wednesdays
2871 Olentangy River Rd., Campus
The upper lounge of this Short North mainstay becomes hip-shaking central on Friday nights. Get in for $10 and, between 8 and 10 p.m., learn how to salsa, merengue, bachata and cha-cha. Open dancing starts at 10 p.m.
La Fogata Grill
8 p.m. Fridays
790 N. High St., Short North