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Wendy Reuer, Published August 20 2012

Let's dance: Where does Fargo-Moorhead go to get its groove on?

FARGO – Dinner drinks, dancing. It’s the cliché date night in most cities, but while the Fargo-Moorhead area has plenty of dance floors to shake a leg on, all offer a little something different.

Music often influences the types of crowds to be found on the dance floor but around the metro, everything from ballroom and swing to fist pumping can be found.

Variety in music and people

William Kieffer, General Manager of Fargo’s Big D’s, said it really depends on the music and live acts performing, but weekends can draw all ages to the dance floor there.

“We have a really good mix depending on what kind of music is playing,” he said. “On weekends you’ll see 21 (year olds) to whatever. If it’s country sometimes it’s an older crowd.”

Starting in the fall, live acts generally play the dance floor Fridays and Saturdays, while a DJ spins on Sundays and Thursdays.

Kieffer said the music also varies but in general, it’s Top 40.

“We try to stay with the newer stuff,” he said.

Big D’s Bar and Grill is located at 1515 42nd St. Fargo.

Under The Hub’s roof at 2525 9th Ave. SW, three bars offer a variety of dancing.

The Venue

The Venue boasts the biggest dance floors in the Midwest, says The Hub General Manager Dan Vogel. The floor can hold about 1,400 people.

The spinning music is classic club: hip-hop, dance and R&B.

It depends on the type of live music and concerts to set the tone and decide the crowd’s vibe, Vogel said.

Cadillac Ranch

Boots aren’t needed at the sole country bar in town. Regular DJ Taylor Schatz said there are a few line dances and some hoofers show up knowing how to waltz or two-step, but the majority of the time, it’s free-form dancing mixed with some swing.

Live acts perform on Friday nights.

House of Rock

The recently reopened House of Rock also includes a large new dance floor, with live music on Thursday; other nights will feature newly installed video music.

Vogel said the crowd is generally mid- to late-20s, with a target crowd of 21 to 35 years old.


For classy cavorting, the Northern Lights Ballroom Dancing Club, located at 308 Sheyenne St., West Fargo, hosts a night of ballroom dance and pizza.

An entrance fee covers the night’s lesson and pizza. Dancing starts with lessons at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the West Fargo VFW. Pizza is served at 9 p.m.


At Old Broadway, located at 22 Broadway in Fargo, the OB City Club, dancers can kick it up any night of the week.

Often packed on weekends, the bar is open every night and DJs play a mix of popular and club tunes Thursday through Sunday.

Popular Music

Borrowed Bucks, at 1201 Westrac Drive, boasts about its dance floor online, touting a hyped-up DJ and light show.

For music: Top 40, rock and country generally beat along the walls of this laid-back bar.


The bar where everyone knows your name is where everyone can know how you dance, too.

Chumley’s, the bar at 1608 Main Ave. S.E. in Moorhead, has a live DJ and karaoke every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Most often Top 40 music, the crowd is generally college-aged on Tuesdays, but the weekends run the gamut of ages.