Swing Dancing, Salsa Dancing. Who we are.. A brief history.
Since 1999 the Carolina Dance Club (CDC) has been promoting the wonderful diversity and passion of Swing, Salsa and partner dancing here in the Triangle, NC area. We strongly believe in making social dance affordable and accessible to everyone and work to bring the highest quality of dance instruction and music enjoyment to our community.
Our club began 19 years ago hosting a monthly Swing dance with 30 or 40 passionate, devoted dancers. Today our club numbers 250+ members and is celebrating 15 years of weekly Sunday Night Swing dancing and afternoon Salsa and afternoon Ballroom dancing at the beautiful Raleigh Elks Lodge. On any giving Sunday 110 to 160 dancers of all ages will be swinging, dancing and making new friendships and connections with people from across the Triangle/Triad area. All dance activities are smoke free and open to the public.
Fostering and promoting outreach within our local dance community has been an important goal of our club. We do this by co-sponsoring dance events with local dance instructors, promoters and dance organizations that share a common purpose – bringing the joy of social dance to people of all ages and backgrounds. We support non-profit organizations like the NC Food Bank, Toys for Tots, USO, Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation, Bob’s Buddies (Pediatric Brain Tumor) with fundraising initiatives at our Sunday Elks Lodge dances. If you are a non-profit and would like our support, let us know.
This philosophy of inclusion and a sense of giving back to the community we live and dance in has guided our club activities and has helped us build our dance club into a friendly, active and growing organization. We invite you to come out and dance with us, enjoy friendly people, share your talents and your passion for social dancing every Sunday afternoon and evening. CDC club membership benefits and enrollment.
Tuesday Night West Coast Swing Dance
This new venue at the EGO Entertainment Complex – 4030 Capital Blvd, Raleigh gives Triangle area dancers another opportunity to learn, meet new people and enjoy West Coast Swing dancing with local area DJ’s. Free 30 minute Introductory (Beginner) West Coast Swing Lesson at 7:30 pm. Social dancing till 10:00 pm. More information
Our Legendary Sunday Night Swing Dance:
For the past 15 years our club has hosted a very popular weekly Sunday Night Swing Dance at the Elks Lodge in North Raleigh. Over time this Sunday dance has evolved into an afternoon and evening dance destination for both the beginner and experienced dancer. Our dancers come from the Triangle and Triad, NC areas and on any given Sunday you will see 110 -160 dancers out on the floor sharing the passion of partner dancing. Free 55 minute Introductory (Beginner) East Coast Swing Lesson at 6:15 pm with your paid admission. No partner necessary.
Sunday Evening Swing Dance and Music Format:
Our award-winning club DJ Wesley Boz & guest DJ’s play great Swing music every Sunday.
Our music format reflects the diversity of our Sunday Swing dancers. Each Sunday we feature two Swing music sets that begin right after the free 6:15 pm Beginner East Coast Swing Lesson.
The “Early Set” (7-8:35 pm) features classic 1930, 40’s Big Band, Swinging Jazz, 50-60’s Rock n’Roll Swing, Rockabilly, and Jump Blues for our Lindy, Balboa & East Coast Swing “jitterbug” style Swing dancers. We will throw in a Country 2-Step and some slow, sexy blues songs in this first set.
The “Late Set” (8:35-10 pm) features Top 40, R&B, Blues, Hip Hop for the West Coast Swing dancers. Our regular club DJ Wesley Boz and invited guest DJ’s play the best in the new contemporary and classic swing music. During this set we will include some Night Club 2-step and Hustle music requests. It’s all good, it’s all swing!
1st time attendees: What you can expect at the dances:
We welcome, love and support new dancers. No partner is necessary to join us, we are very newcomer friendly. Come in comfortable, casual dress attire with shoes that give you support and you can turn and spin in (leather soles are best). Prior to the start of each evening Swing dance we present a fun and informative *free (introductory) Beginners East Coast Swing dance lesson at 6:15 pm. If you attend the 1st Sunday Afternoon Ballroom or 2nd & 4th Afternoon Salsa dances a 3:30 pm *free Beginners Salsa or Ballroom Lesson is provided. *Introductory Beginner lessons are free with your paid admission. One admission price gets you both the afternoon and evening Beginner lessons and social dancing!
These 55 minute introductory Beginner Dance Lessons help newcomers to get oriented to the “social dance floor, mingle with other dancers and learn some fun dance steps. No partner or prior dance experience is necessary. You can look forward to meeting new people and have fun while you rotate from partner to partner during class. By the end of class you should be ready to get out on the floor with the other beginners and have some confidence in your dancing.
Our regular attendees are friendly, very supportive and will often join in on these Beginner Lessons to help and encourage our new attendees. All of our dances are open to the public, are smoke free and have a casual dress code.
Sunday Afternoon Dancing: Ballroom & Salsa/Latin.
BALLROOM – 1st Sunday of each month we host Ballroom Dancing with an Introductory 55 minute Beginner Ballroom Lesson at 3:30 pm followed by Ballroom music from 4:30 pm till 6:15 pm. Afternoon dancing is included in your evening Swing admission!
SALSA, LATIN & HUSTLE – 2nd and 4th Sunday afternoons are Salsa and Latin dancing. An Introductory 55 minute Beginner Salsa”ON1″ lesson begins at 3:30 pm followed by a mix of classic Latin club dance music – (70%) Salsa, (20%) Bachata, Hustle, Cha-Cha, Merengue, from 4:30 pm till 6:15 pm. Afternoon dancing is included in your evening Swing admission!
Sunday Afternoon “Hot Shots” Workshops.
On select Sunday afternoons at the Raleigh Elks Lodge, we will offer 2:30 pm upper level, one hour dance workshops for the more experienced dancer. These are fast paced, informative workshops. No partner necessary. Not recommended for beginner dancers. Cost: $6/8. Schedule of upcoming Hot Shot Workshops.
Sunday Afternoon “Beginners Boot Camp” Workshops.
On the 3rd Sunday of every month we have special afternoon “Beginners Boot Camp Workshops“. Each month we choose a different style of dance to present. These 3-4-5 pm workshops are designed to progress a beginner, advanced/beginner dancer through a carefully designed set of material with an outcome of leaving the dancer with a stronger foundation and an appreciation for the basic knowledge required to get out on the social dance floor with confidence.
NOTE: Boot Camp Workshops are paced faster than our traditional 4, 6 & 8 week progressive group dance classes we offer during the week nights in the Triangle area. Please note the 3rd Sunday workshops are a separate cost from the Sunday afternoon and evening dances.
Becoming a member of the Carolina Dance Club (CDC) helps support the continuation of our dances and with your membership you will receive discount admission into our Sunday dances, special theme events, monthly Boot Camp workshops and selective local affiliated dance organization events.
Organize a fun afternoon or night out with your friends or celebrate a special occasion with us. Bringing a group to our dances is a great way to meet new people and get some healthy exercise. When you book in advance you and your group will receive a discount into the dance and a reserved table. Booking/reserving a table is as simple as filling out our request form or by calling us at (919) 494-2300.
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