Wide ranges of live music venues and nightclubs throughout Indianapolis set the scene for dancing to top 40 hits, hip-hop, rock, electronica, salsa, ’80s and more. Here’s your guide to the best local spots for getting your groove on.

Dance spots for top 40 music

Gelo Ultra Lounge

5252 E. 82nd St., 317-577-9570, www.geloultralounge.com

Fridays and Saturdays: DJ John Larner and select hip-hop parties.

Lulu’s Restaurant

8487 Union Chapel Road, 317-251-5858, www.lulusindy.com

Fridays and Saturdays: DJ Slater Hogan and select special events.

Six

247 S. Meridian St., 317-638-6660, 6indy.com

Fridays and Saturdays: DJ Edi and select special events.

Dance spots for electronic, punk and rock music

Bourbon Street Distillery

361 Indiana Ave., 317-636-3316, www.bourbonstreetdistillery.com

Sundays: Open Turntable Night by DJs Greg Campbell and Sarah Vain network music fans of everything from electronica to hip-hop.

Club Level

120 E. Market St., 317-536-1460

“Freak Show” on biweekly Thursdays with Mister E DJ. Monthly Wicked Wednesdays also bring Mister E and DJ Cryptic out, spinning top 40 dance music, house and hip-hop.

Melody Inn

3826 N. Illinois St., 317-923-4707, www.melodyindy.com

Saturdays: Punk Rock Night brings in a variety of local and national punk acts.

Talbott Street

2145 N. Talbott St., 317-931-1343, www.talbottstreet.com

Periodic special events, concerts and international DJ appearances. Weekly drag shows by the Ladies of Legend include ’80s flashbacks as well.

Therapy Nightclub and Lounge

605 E. Market St., 317-632-0325, www.myspace.com/therapynightclub

Wednesdays: Reggae and Afro-beats. Underground hip-hop DJs make appearances on varying dates. Thursdays: “Keepin’ It Deep” with DJ Slater Hogan, DJ John Larner, DJ Seth Nichols and more.

The Vogue

6259 N. College Ave., 317-259-7029, www.thevogue.ws

Wednesdays: Relive the ’80s with “Retro Rewind.” Fridays: Top 40 and techno music. Saturdays: “Tease” invites ladies for free until 11:30 p.m. for house, top 40 and techno.

Dance spots for hip-hop

Casba

6319 Guilford Ave., 317-254-1147

Thursdays: B-boy battles. Sundays: Reggae and hip-hop beats by DJ Indiana Jones and DJ Danger.

Coaches Tavern

28 S. Pennsylvania St., 317-917-1191, www.coachestavern.com

Tuesdays: DJ Driver spins hip-hop.

CT Peppers

6283 N. College Ave., 257-6277, www.pepperslive.com

College-friendly home pub for the Franchize and hip-hop DJs spinning for large crowds in the downstairs dance floor.

Ice Lounge

235 S. Meridian St., 317-951-2174, www.iceultralounge.com

Swank three-floor club and sushi bar. Occasional hip-hop.

Seven

6235 N. Guilford Ave., 317-257-0707, www.7indy.com

Fridays: DJ Paul Bunyon spins hip-hop.

Spin Nightclub

6308 N. Guilford Ave., 317-257-0000, www.myspace.com/spinind

Alternating live hip-hop shows, emcee battles by Bassment Funk Productions and DJs.

Live band dance spots

Birdy’s Bar and Grill

2131 E. 71st St., 317-254-8971, www.birdyslive.com

Select live bands, including touring acts like the Rapture.

CT Peppers

6283 N. College Ave., 317-257-6277, www.pepperslive.com

Select live local bands.

Mousetrap

5565 N. Keystone Ave., 317-255-3189

Select jam bands for free on a nightly basis. This is also a favorite spot for the performer Freekbass.

Rock Lobster

820 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-253-5844

Select live bands.

The Vogue

6259 N. College Ave., 317-259-7029, www.thevogue.ws

Select live bands and hip-hop parties.

Social dancing

For those tired of the club scene, there is ample floor space at Indianapolis’ most popular social dance spots that teach a variety of moves from ballroom, swing, hustle and Latin, to country and line dances.

Atrium

3143 E. Thompson Road, 317-782-4467, www.theatriuminc.com

St. Luke’s Singles South hosts informal social dances with a DJ every other Friday night.

Indy Dancers

P.O. Box 44331, 317-767-5665, www.indydancers.com

Lessons every Tuesday night at a variety of venues. Two Saturday night dances are held each month, one dance at the Starlite Ballroom and the other at Moose Lodge 17.

Primo Banquet and Conference Center

2615 National Ave., 317-788-4140, www.primobanquet.com

Mix-N-Mingles Singles Dance is held every Sunday night with a DJ.  

Ballroom dancing

Indianapolis boasts three-year champions of the USA Dance National DanceSport Championship, ballroom dancers Rog and Amy Greenawalt. ABC’s Dancing with the Stars contest was held in January at Indy’s own Conseco Fieldhouse. Whether you are a champion or an amateur, the city’s dance studios provide lessons and dances for ballroom dancing.

Arthur Murray Dance Studios

2310 E. 116th St., Carmel, 317-843-1110; 4263 Lafayette Road, Speedway, 317-293-6145; 8902 St. Peter St., Greenwood, 317-881-7762; 723 B. Broad Ripple Ave., 317-251-3700, Broad Ripple Village

Private and group dance lessons are offered. Open dances are primarily for students.  

Continental Dance Club

5720 Guion Road, 317-767-4040, www.continentaldanceclub-indy.com

Ballroom dances with live music at the Starlite Ballroom every Sunday evening with lessons before each dance.  

Fred Astaire

Indianapolis Dance Studio

6213 La Pas Trail, Ste. 200, 317-291-6500, www.fredastairejupiter.com

Private and group dance lessons.

Indiana Roof Ballroom

140 W. Washington St., 317-236-1870, www.indianaroof.com

Big band orchestras play for monthly dances.

    

Let’s Dance Club

2640 E. 62nd St., 317-259-1147, www.letsdanceclub.com

Private and group dance lessons. Open dances are sponsored primarily for students.

Simply Ballroom

9402 Uptown Drive, 317-596-8024, www.simplyballroom.net

Private and group dance lessons.

Starlite Ballroom

5720 Guion Road, 317-299-4740, www.starlitedanceindy.com

Private and group dance lessons.

USA Dance

3865 N. Commercial Pkwy., Greenfield, 317-891-3035, www.ultra-stars.com

Monthly ballroom dance preceded by a lesson. Sponsors the annual Heartland Classic at the Indiana Convention Center.  

Mavris Center

121 S. East St., 317-917-9999, www.mavrisculturalcenter.net

The Lilly Dance Club meets every Tuesday.

Indianapolis Senior Citizens’ Center

708 E. Michigan St., 317-263-6272, www.indyctzcnt.qpg.com

Wednesday afternoon dances with a live band

Tates Dance Center

4005 Vincennes Road, 317-418-4901, www.tatesdance.com

Tango Indy offers Argentine tango lessons and dancing on Thursdays.

Country dancing

8 Seconds Saloon

111 N Lynhurst Drive, 317-486-1569, www.8secondssaloon.com

Offers partner, couples and line dance lessons on a large dance floor in one of the largest country nightclubs in the U.S. on Thursday and Saturday nights.  

Mike’s Music and Dance Barn

2277 S.R. 46 West, Nashville, 812-988-8636, www.mikesmusicdancebarn.com

Country line dances are taught on Mondays and Thursdays. Smooth Country Band performs on Friday and Saturday.  

Salsa dancing

Salsa dancing has risen to be one of Indianapolis’ favorite social activities in the last three years. With famous teachers gracing the floors of some of Indy’s hottest dance studios, amateurs and professionals can experience the style and culture that salsa brings to life.

8 Seconds Saloon

111 N. Lynhurst Drive, 317-486-1569, www.8secondssaloon.com

Salsa dancing on some Fridays and occasional concerts by Latin groups.

Adobe Grill

4939 E. 82nd St., www.salsaindy.com

Fiesta Fridays offers free dance lesson at 10 p.m. by SalsaIndy, including salsa, bachata, merengue and old school salsa (no reggeaton). Over 21 and non-smoking from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., $5 cover. Check out the Web site for free admission.

Club Level

120 E. Market St., 317-536-1460

Latin Vibe Saturdays from 9 p.m-3 a.m. hosted by IntoSalsa and the VIP Crew. DJ Jimmy Jim also plays merengue, bachata and reggaeton; $5 cover; ladies free before 11 p.m.

The Cozy

20 N. Pennsylvania St.

Saturdays: Latin Night hosted by IndySalsa, with free lessons by Lady Cynthia. DJ TaZ and Gerardo and Roberto on percussion from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.; $5 cover, ladies free before 11 p.m.

Into Salsa Latin Dance Studio

363 N. Illinois St., Ste. 202, 317-496-4196, www.intosalsa.com

Into Salsa Latin Dance Studio offers private and group Latin dance lessons. A Family Dance Party takes place the last Sunday of every month, 4-8 p.m. All ages are welcome. Free dance lessons and entry.

Jazz Kitchen

5377 N. College Ave., 317-253-4900, www.thejazzkitchen.com

Latin Dance Party with salsa lessons followed by DJ music on Thursday nights from 6-8 p.m. Free dance lessons 7-7:30 p.m. Latin dance party featuring DJs Marco Dominguez and Fernando Ramirez playing a mix of salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton, Latin hip-hop and more from 9 p.m.-2 a.m.; $5 cover, ladies free until 10 p.m.

Red Room

6335 Guilford Ave., 317-257-1344, www.intosalsa.com

Pure Salsa! hosted by IntoSalsa with lessons Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m. DJ Shawn Juan also includes music for merengue, bachata and cha-cha from 9 p.m-1 a.m.; $5 cover.

Square and folk dancing

All ages can join in on square and folk dancing at these venues.

Beech Grove Senior Center

602 Main St., Beech Grove, 317-788-4987, www.beechgrove.com

Square dancing for seniors on Thursday mornings

Indianapolis Senior Center

416 E. North St., 317-635-1784

Square dancing for seniors on Thursday afternoons

Plainfield High School

709 Stafford Road, Plainfield, 317-839-7711, plainfield.k12.in.us

Quakertown Shakers Square Dance Club sponsors lessons on Monday nights and square dancing on Friday nights at Plainfield High School.

Swing dancing

Get into the swing of things at any of the following popular swing spots for lessons, dances and performances.

Adams Mark Hotel

2544 Executive Drive, 317-248-2481, www.adamsmark.com

Brickyard Boogie Dancers’ West Coast swing lessons and DJ dances on Wednesday also sometime meet at Quincy’s in the Adam’s Mark Hotel.

Fountain Square Theater

1105 Prospect St., 317-686-6010, www.fountainsquareindy.com

Friday Night Swing Dance is preceded by lessons. A band plays for Lindy-style swing dancing.

Madame Walker Theater Center

617 Indiana Ave., 317-236-2099, www.aroundindy.com

Indy Swing Dance Club hosts West Coast swing lessons and dancing on Sunday afternoons.

Sterrett Center

8950 Otis Ave., 317-826-1670

Brickyard Boogie Dancers host primarily West Coast swing lessons and DJ dances Wednesdays at the Sterrett Center and a monthly Saturday night dance at Starlite Ballroom (5720 Guion Road, 317-299-4740, www.starlitedanceindy.com).

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