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The map on the right shows some places that offer free dance lessons to University of Florida students, faculty and staff as well as Gainesville community members. Click on the map markers for practice times and directions.

Lessons are given year-round except during University breaks and finals weeks.

Participants can come with or without a partner.

The information in the map is also listed below organized by the different types of dance being taught.

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Tango dancers

Members of the UF Argentine Tango Club perform. Photo courtesy of Alper Ungor

Tango

Tango is a type of ballroom dance that originated in Latin America. Its characterized by long pauses and stylized body positions.

In Gainesville, you can join the UF Argentine Tango Club.

The group gives lessons in Tanglewood Apartments' Common Room every Friday from 8 p.m. 9 p.m. Practice follows from 9 p.m. 11 p.m.

Swing dancers

Members of the Florida Swing Dancing Club practice a routine. Photo courtesy of Florida Swing Dancing Club

Swing Dance

Swing dances are lively ballroom dances such as the Charleston, Lindy Hop and Jitterbug that often incorporate triple steps, hops, lifts and spins to the beat of early 1900s jazz music.

Join the Florida Swing Dancing Club.

The group gives meets twice a week:

The first set of lessons are every Wednesday at Ustler Hall's Atrium from 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Practice follows from 9 p.m. - 12 a.m.

The second set of lessons are every Friday at the Unified Training Center from 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Practice follows from 9 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Salsa dancers

Members of The Gator Salsa Club practice their moves. Photo courtesy of The Gator Salsa Club

Salsa, Merengue and Bachata

Salsa is a Latin American ballroom dance that mixes rhythm and blues with jazz and rock.

Join The Gator Salsa Club.

The group gives lessons at Hillel every Monday and Wednesday from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. for beginners and from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. for intermediate dancers.