Dance in Columbus: Where beginners can start

Jackie Mantey, Columbus Alive

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

Swingin' Wednesdays

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

Salsa Fever

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