Welcome to dancing in Maine. Don't forget to check out the venues in northern Massachusetts. The venues in Boston itself are only a few hours away. Eastern New Hampshire isn't all that far away, either. Northern Maine? Make a road trip to Quebec.

Any events and venues listed on this page can be cancelled without notice. Note that some of them are suspended during the summer. If you teach classes, hold workshops, play in a band, or hold dances, please read the list of frequently asked questions and follow the format guidelines when asking to have your information listed here.

Clubs and Organizations

Downeast Dance Network
An all-volunteer resource for swing and other social dancing in Maine. For more information, call 207-326-8022.
January 24, 2014: This website has been discontinued.

General Information:

Southern Maine Lindy Hop and Swing Calendar
Listings for swing classes, workshops, and social dances all over Maine. Includes information for upcoming live music and DJ'ed events.

Maine tango information.

Places to Go Dancing

Mainiac Swing Dance Society
Port City Swing, at Woodford's Club, 179 Woodford Street, Portland. Lesson at 8:00, dancing from 9:00 to midnight. For more information, contact the group at 207-563-8632.

Maplewood Dance Center
383 Warren Avenue, Portland. 04103. Phone: 207-878-0584.
3200 square foot dance floor. Social dance classes offered on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7:30pm - 8:30pm. A different ballroom or swing dance is offered every month. A dance social follows the lesson. A country lesson and dance is offered every Friday. For more information, write to Joan Vance.

Dania Dance
At the Regatta Banquette Hall, Route 236, Eliot (across from the Irving gas station). Dance social on the last Friday of every month from 7:30 to 11:00 pm. For more information, contact Dania Dance.

Avant Dance and Event Center Facebook page
865 Spring Street, Westbroook. Latin dance on the third Saturday from 8:00pm to midnight, with a lesson at 8:00; cash bar. For more information, contact Kristin at 207-899-4211.

West Coast Swing Portland Their Facebook page
The Gold Room, 512 Warren Avenue, Portland. West Coast Swing every Monday from 9:00 pm to midnight. Lesson at 6:45 with Anne Fleming. For more information, contact Jack DeStefano at jackdepwm@yahoo.com or 207-831-0102.

Maine Ballroom Dance
614 Congress Street, Portland. Dance parties every week on Saturday.
For more information, write to info@maineballroomdancing.com.

Back Door Dance
Orono Community Center, Bennoch Road, Orono.
Friday swing (and some ballroom) dances every week from 8:00 to 11:00 pm. Hosted by Chuck & Sue McKay of Back Door Dance Studio. 207-843-5638. info@backdoordance.com.

North East Dancing
250 Elm Street, Biddeford. Social dances parties on the weekends (see their calendar for specific dates). For more information, contact the studio at 207-838-1180.

Acoustic Artisans
594 Congress Street, Portland. Dancing every Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. Lesson at 7:00, live music from 7:30 to 9:30 (bands include Lay-z-Gait and Caroline Cotter).

Dining, Drinks, and Dancing

Some drinking and dining establishments will have live music in addition to their usual attractions. Some of them even have a dance floor and will feature familar bands that play at swing dances.

Venue Music Bar & Bistro
5 depot Street, Freeport. 207-865-1780. Live music Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays.
Not specifically a swing dance venue, but check them regularly to see what kinds of bands are playing.

Blue Sky on York Beach
2 Beach Street, York Beach. Dance floor and live music throughout the month.

Inn on the Blues
York Beach. 207-351-3221.
Yes, they have a dance floor. Six couples doing Lindy would fill it. - 09/26/10

Teachers and Dance Studios

American Ballroom Dance Academy
Portland. 207-879-5761.

Maine Ballroom Dance
614 Congress Street, Portland. For more information, write to info@maineballroomdancing.com.

Sea Coast Swing
Kittery Studio, 5 Shapleigh Road, Kittery.

Portland Adult Education

North East Dancing
Locations in Biddeford and Kittery. Ballroom Classes in both International and American dance styles; All ages and levels are welcome to come and learn Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing, Salsa, Cha Cha, and more. No partner required. For more information, contact the studio at 207-838-1180.

The Portland Swing Project
For more information, contact Gillian Davis at 207-899-5254 or portlandsiwngproject@gmail.com.

Seacoast Ballroom
207-772-7185. For more information write to frederickgdunn@gmail.com.

Back Door Dance Studio
Eddington and Orono. 207-843-5638.
For more information, write to info@backdoordance.com.

Avant Dance and Event Center
865 Spring Street, Westbroook. For more information, contact Kristine at 207-899-4211.

Swing & Sway Dancing
143 Maverick Street, Route 17, Rockland. Group classes, special events, workshops, and dances. For more information, call them at info@swingnsway.com207-594-0940.

Anne Fleming

For additions or corrections, write to dancenet@havetodance.com.

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