Social Dancing Classes in Montreal

Are you looking for a new hobby? If you want to be more active, learn to move differently, have fun and meet people, social dancing is definitely what you need!

Beware, this hobby often becomes a passion!

Whether you are a couple, with friends or alone, social dance classes are inclusive and offer everyone the opportunity to dance with different partners.


What social dance to choose?

If you have just decided to learn to dance, you may not know what type of dance to choose from. There is a lot of different styles so here is a short guide to help you learn more about

social dancing and the different types of dances that exist.

What is social dancing?

Social dancing is an exchange between two people (the leader; a person who guides the movements, and the follower; a person who follows them). They communicate together and express themselves on the music while improvising ( apart from some exceptions).

In Montreal, events and dance nights are numerous which is one of the great benefits of social dancing. These festive evenings allow the dancers to apply on the dance floors what they learned during their classes while having fun.

The common elements characterizing social dances

  • Basic steps: Each type of dance has its own basic steps. This is the first level of a common language that allows both dancers to build a dialogue.
  • Connection: The connection is what allows the dancers to communicate with each other and understand the intentions of their partner.
  • The expression: It is by their interpretation of the music (the musicality) that the dancers express themselves on the different songs, making each of their dance unique.

The different types of social dances

The swing dances

Swing is a group of dances that developed between the 20s and the 50s. These dances are danced on jazz, big band and rock'n roll music. They come from the vintage era of America. The swing scene in Montreal is one of the largest in North America and it is possible to dance every night of the week in various bars and dance halls. Swing dances are known for their festive and energetic character.

Some of the swing dances

  • Lindy Hop
  • Jive
  • Balboa
  • West Coast Swing
  • Boogie Woogie
  • Charleston

The Latin Dances

Latin dances have a rich history rooted in European, Latin and African roots. Latin dances are often considered sensual, especially when you think of Bachata and Salsa. There are several schools of Latin dance in Montreal.

Some of the Latin dances

  • Bachata
  • Chacha
  • Merengue
  • Salsa
  • Mambo
  • Rumba

The ballroom dances

Ballroom dances are often associated with so-called sports dances. They were once practiced in salons, balls and dancing teas. They are most often from traditional and folk dances. They are called sports dances because many are the subject of competitions and professional competitions.

Some ballrooms dances

  • Waltz
  • Tango
  • Quickstep
  • SlowFox
  • Rumba
  • Pasodoble

The social part of the social dancing at Studio 88 Swing

At Studio 88 Swing we have been working for more than 15 years to develop the swing dance community of Montreal for the pleasure of swing dancers from here and elsewhere. It is possible each week to attend several dance evenings organized by the Studio 88 Swing team where you can take introductory swing lessons for free.

Feel free to read more about the studio and the classes we offer.

Discover our weekly social dance evenings

Free class: Introduction to Lindy Hop, on Tuesdays at Le Petit Medley Simple Malt 

Followed by a social dance evening with DJ

Free Social dancing class at Le Petit Medley

Free class: Introduction to Lindy Hop, on Saturdays at Le Jazz Hot (215 Jean Talon O.)

Followed by a social dance evening with DJ

Free Social dancing class at Le Jazz Hot


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