Where To Swing Dance In New Orleans

About Swing Dancing in NOLA

Dancing in New Orleans is a unique environment. Many of the opportunities to social dance are in public venues and bars and are to live music. Here are a couple things to keep in mind.

  • If you're enjoying live music, show your appreciation by tipping the band.
  • Support the establishment by ordering something to eat or drink. Appreciate the service staff with a good tip.
  • Treat restaurant and bar staff with respect - they're working hard to make sure everyone is having a good time.
  • Be respectful of patrons who are there to listen and enjoy the music and not there to dance.
  • The same dance etiquette and conduct you would expect in an organized social dance extend to dancing in public spaces and venues.

Be safe and have fun! Dancing to the world class live music in town is a blast.

Where to Dance

There are many great options to go social dancing in New Orleans. With the live music readily available on Frenchmen Street, St. Claude Avenue, and elsewhere in the city, you could social dance almost every night of the week! Our 'Weekly Schedule' of commonly attended events around town is updated as often as possible. 

St. Claude Social

New Orleans' premier swing dance event is held every Thursday at the Crescent City Swing headquarters. Get started with a 7:30PM introductory community lesson followed by music and social dancing from 8:30 - 11:00PM. No experience necessary - you'll learn everything you need to get started there. Follow St. Claude Social on Facebook to keep up to date on their upcoming events.

Swing Dancers of NOLA

One of the most commonly used resources for coordinating friends and visitors to New Orleans is the Swing Dancers of NOLA Facebook group.

Facebook Pages to Follow

Weekly Schedule


The Jitterbug Jazz Band
The Maison
508 Frenchmen St
10am-1pm Live Music
Tip the band & support the bar

The Palmetto Bug Stompers
d.b.a. Frenchmen
618 Frenchmen St.
5pm Lesson, 6-9pm Live Music
Tip the band & instructors, support the bar

Sunday Swing
Allways Lounge
2240 St. Claude Ave
8pm Lesson, 9pm-12am Live Music & Dancing
Tip the band & instructors, one drink minimum


Monday Night Swing
Dragon's Den
435 Esplanade Ave
8pm Lesson, 9pm-12am Live Music & Dancing
Tip the band & instructors, support the bar


Bamboula's Hot Trio featuring Giselle Anguizola
514 Frenchmen St
2pm Live Music, 5pm Lesson
Tip the band & instructors, support the bar


St. Claude Social
Rhythmic Arts Center
2358 St. Claude Ave
7:30pm Lesson, 8:30-11pm Open Dancing
Rotating Bands or DJed Music
$5 Admission, BYOB


Happy Hour Swing
Spotted Cat Food & Spirits
2372 St Claude Ave
5:30pm Lesson, 3-6pm Happy Hour
Tip the instructors, support the bar

Informal Social Dancing
d.b.a. Frenchmen
618 Frenchmen St
6-9pm Live Music, Rotating Bands
Tip the band & support the bar