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Best dance floor action

Fritz Hahn  |  Updated 07/16/2010

When you got ants in your pants and you want to dance, these are some of our favorite options.


Black Cat

Washington, DC

The city's finest alternative rock club also welcomes DJs on weekends, when hipsters dance to Britpop, soul, funk, house, electro remixes or whatever the night's DJ chooses to spin.



Bladensburg, MD

Crowds waving the flags of their homelands -- Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, etc. -- descend on the Crossroads for reggae, dancehall, soca and other Caribbean sounds.


Glen Echo Park Spanish Ballroom

Glen Echo, MD

Decades ago, couples fell in love to Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey at Glen Echo's Spanish Ballroom. Now lovingly restored, it welcomes swing and contra dancers every weekend.


Nick's Nightclub

Alexandria, VA

For two-steppin' and boot-scootin', this Alexandria honky-tonk delivers with dance lessons and live country music.


The Salsa Room

Arlington, VA

Formerly known as Cecilia's, the Salsa Room lives up to its new name with excellent live bands, DJs and dance lessons.


Town Danceboutique

Washington, DC

Early on Fridays and Saturdays, the focus of this two-story club is on drag shows, but DJs spin electro remixes, '80s classics and house until 4 a.m.


U Street Music Hall

Washington, DC

A club for electronic music fans run by some of the city's top electronic DJs, U Street Music Hall has a spacious dance floor and a soundsystem to die for, but no velvet ropes, bottle service, dress codes or attitude.



Washington, DC

Dance to house, Top 40 and hip-hop remixes on multiple levels, including an intimate basement, a posh VIP area and a hot mezzanine bar that looks out over the main floor.


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