Where to shake it?

disco ball club lightsVA emails:

I love to dance. And it seems the dance options are limited in Albany... unless I play juke boxes and dance by myself in the middle of a local dive bar (which I have done many, many times). But really, the only places I'm aware of are Waterworks/Rocks (sometimes), the Fuze Box which plays 80's music (not my thing) and the college scene on Pearl Street...
So I'm hoping that you guys can shed some light on where a, ahem, late 20 something girl could go to get her groove on with people at least close to her age?... I'll take hip hop, techno, dup step or whatever else the kids are listening to these days, I just wanna shake it!
I guess I'm thinking of something for adults. Places in NY and DC that are lounge-ish with a dance floor in the back to accommodate those that wanna get off the couch and shake it for a bit. I suppose I also mean a place where single adults can go in groups or alone and dance with other single adults. I sense I'm looking for something in Albany that may not exist. The best I can come up with is a college hole in the wall or those horrendous parties at the armory. Also for college kids as it turns out.

Got a suggestion for VA? Please share!

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I've never been there because I'm not much into dancing, but on 4th Street in Troy Kokopelli's is supposed to cater to the grown up dance crowd. They have a fb page.

I'd like to know of some places as well. Great question VA!

Thank you for asking this question! I've lived here for almost 5 years and have only gone out a few times in the area. As a retired "party kid" from Boston, now in her middle 30's, I sorely miss going out dancing!

Daisy Bakers in Troy often has a DJ and some dancing


Vapor in Saratoga

Eldas has some fun nights. karaoke gets people dancing usually. and a new vinyl dance party is starting there after 1st Fridays, starting tomorrow night: http://www.facebook.com/events/352338174856277/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Yess! Very frustrating, there aren't many spots, we need something for us older, eh hem folks! Early 30s peeps!When we do go out to get our groove on we end up at Water Works, Rocks, or Fuze Box. An idea for Pearl Street folks, something that caters to us old fogies who just want to dance with our friends and have a good time, no drama! No no no dress code! ;)

If your love of dancing is of the Latin persuasion, Albany Salsa has the best lessons, teachers, and socials to go to. And it seems like the age range is quite varied, which makes it feel all-inclusive. :) http://albanysalsa.weebly.com/

Kokopellis in Troy for whatever the kids are listening to these days. They have a great dance floor that, so far, isn't super packed and the crowd is friendly. They had Lady Gaga's DJ last month for a night and their regular djs are good. Oh, and no creeps! As a girl, I appreciate that.

Daisy's has swing on Weds, Tango on Mondays (or alternating Mondays.. I never remember), the occasional live music and the occasional DJ. Nov 10th Solid Smoke is playing which is always a good dancing time. They play some MJ, Prince, Beyonce, etc.

There's a few places I've been in Saratoga (Putnam Den, Saratoga City Tavern) but it's definitely more college.

The Point on Madison. Thursday nights. DJ Trumaster. Starting soon.
Also, McGeary's on Sunday nights.

If you want to learn swing dancing or tango, there are followings for both in the Capital Region, especially swing. A night typically begins with a lesson and then open dancing. The crowd is friendly, and there are generally no old guys leering to creep a lady out. http://www.albanyswingdancing.com/

Check out Vinylmania!

I am throwing a 40s 50s 60s Vinyl Dance Party at Elda's on Lark after every 1st Friday from 10 PM - 4 AM.

Tomorrow, November 2, is going to be the first one! I sifted through thousands of records to find the best tunes and have over 200 tracks prepared. Nonstop dancing.

More info can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/352338174856277/?fref=ts

VA, you should come, and tell all of your friends. Spread the word!

I second Paul. Daisy Bakers is a really good place for dancing, though they really only have DJ's one night a month (Troy Night Out). They used to have more nights but a bunch of the area DJs moved away making those who like to dance very :(

if you're down with the grateful dead every wednesday night at the bar valentines there's a lot of people dancing and having a good time to a dead cover band that also plays a lot of marley covers, and the band, and this and that and all good things, perhaps closer to the age range you're looking for but also a very hippie crowd haha, may not be yo thang... i mean what you're looking for honestly doesn't exist in over-abundance in albany, you basically need to catch the right show at the right times

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