After spending the weekend in Brooklyn, New York, it got me thinking a lot about dance parties. Of course Brooklyn (Williamsburg, in particular) is one of the hipster capitals of the world so dance parties abound. And not just 80s-themed or house music events, but there are really creative, pretty much constant dances parties going on.
Now I know to compare the two areas is a little apples and oranges, but Baltimore does have quite the scene despite its small size. We do have our fair share of dance parties in the city. TaxLo is about to turn 7, which makes me feel old, and they've been doing some awesome things lately (see upcoming appearances by MSTRKRFT and Simian Mobile Disco). Of course there's also Reaction!, Dig, and 80s Night dance parties at The Sidebar, Joe Squared, and The Depot, respectively. Red Maple throws creative events together and has a decent schedule of dancing from Wednesday-Sunday (everything from Middle Eastern to neosoul). And I know there are probably tons of other spaces hosting dance parties pretty regularly, so feel free to let me know in the comments section.
I guess my biggest complaint, in general, is there doesn't seem to be enough variety in town. I mean how many times can I go to the same Prince vs. Madonna vs. Michael Jackson night? Don't get me wrong, it was awesome at first. I went to a couple, but there's only so many times you can dance to "Borderline" and "Billie Jean" in one night. And, to top it all off, one of my (and many others') favorite dance parties recently changed venues, which negates a lot of the charm, intimacy, and dirt-cheap drinks that I liked about the event in the first place.
I say the more dance parties in this town, the merrier. But I would love to see some more unique themes (90s, disco, Motown, big band, to name a few) in more intimate spaces than big music venues or warehouses. What do you guys think? Could Baltimore's dancing scene use some improvements or is it doing just fine?
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