Dancing Louisiana Style

Grab your dancin' shoes and boogie down at Louisiana's dance halls and clubs.

Dancing at Buck and Johnny's in Breaux Bridge

Dancing at Buck and Johnny's in Breaux Bridge.

Blue Moon Dance Party

Hit the dance floor at the Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette.

Dance at the Jolly Inn in Houma

Dancing is encouraged at the Jolly Inn in Houma.

Nineteenth-century Louisiana governor William C.C. Claiborne allegedly said that the residents of New Orleans had such a penchant for dancing that they were downright ungovernable. And so it’s always been—there’s no sitting on the sidelines in Louisiana. Soon you’ll be scuffing up the floor with a room full of dance partners. Check out these places where you can kick up your heels and dance the night away.

Louisiana's Best Dancing Destinations

For a different morning experience, head to Buck and Johnny's in Breaux Bridge to dance to live music after you've devoured their famous Zydeco Breakfast. If you don't make it time for breakfast, check out their calendar of live music Wednesday through Saturdays.

In Lafayette, head to the Blue Moon Saloon for a wide variety of Cajun and zydeco bands who really know how to rock the joint! Since it’s opening in 2001, it’s become one of America’s premier venues for Cajun music and they boast that it is a meeting place for world travelers, families and artists to gather, dance and have a good time.

Get a taste of Cajun country in New Orleans at Mulate’s, which preserves and celebrates the food, music and culture found throughout the small towns and bayous of south Louisiana. Mulate’s features live Cajun music and dancing paired with a great Cajun menu seven days a week.

Over in Mandeville, the Dew Drop Jazz & Social Hall is the oldest Jazz Social Hall in America, built in 1895. Many famed performers have made appearances here, and the spirit is still alive there today. And if your stay includes a stop in Houma, you’ll have a Ph.D. in dancing before you leave. Get on your feet to toe-tapping tunes at The Jolly Inn

Bootlegger’s Bar in Alexandria features popular acts and a nice dancefloor with plenty of room to show off your moves. And in nearby Marksville, Bailey’s on the Square is a New Orleans-inspired lounge, nightclub and live music venue located in a restored century-old arts and crafts style movie theater.

Up north in Shreveport, get your groove on at J.O.S.H. Lounge and take a swing dance class or participate in a line dance session.


Learn more about music in Louisiana and Louisiana's Top Live Music Venues.