The team at JitterSwing Dance Clubs constantly assures their clients that “JitterSwing is our name ... it is not a Dance.” Thanks to film and music videos, swing dance conjures images of acrobatics and leaping bodies, but JitterSwing’s instructors are popular for their approachable St. Louis Imperial style, which is slower-paced and accessible to students of any age. They lead couples and singles through group and private sessions that cover many other types of swing dance as well as country two-step, the cha-cha, and the river waltz. Partners preparing for a wedding dance can take advantage of private lessons, and youths aged 10–16 are invited to the juniors program. In addition to the multiple locations where instructors conduct their sessions, JitterSwing staff members also come out to private events to instruct guests of all ages.
Globe lights hang from Delmar Lounge's red awning, beckoning nighthawks in to enjoy homestyle Cajun fare and live music late into the night. The kitchen churns out house-smoked barbecue ribs, southern-style shrimp and grits, and po boy sandwiches until 2 a.m. every night of the week, fortifying bodies and fueling feet in preparation for live DJ dance parties, jazz sets, and hourly potato sack races that sustain the convivial atmosphere until 3 a.m.
Al Waha Restaurant and Hookah Lounge sources its extensive menu from the deserts and coasts of North Africa and Afghanistan, importing rare Bedouin influences to more familiar Middle Eastern dishes. Many entrees can be prepared without meat, including makni, which blends peppers, spices, and tomato sauce over a bed of basmati rice. The qurma sabzee stars spinach sautéed with a plethora of peppers and served with chicken, lamb, or veggies, and the subtly spiced Al Waha plate frees ground beef from its usual roles as yogurt topping or cereal seasoning. Glasses of 14 Hands riesling and Placido pinot grigio loosen tongues enough to branch further from their comfort zone.
Club Viva lets seasoned rug-cutters and beginning boogiers alike feel the beat in salsa-themed dance nights on Thursdays and Saturdays. A great way to woo a love interest or wear down a sugar-buzzed manchild, today’s deal includes the club cover charge and ensures a table at which tired feet can rest between dances. Salsa skills that aren't up to snuff can be polished in the one-hour lesson offered from 8 p.m.–9 p.m., and dance-floor mouth-droughts can be relieved with four drink tickets redeemable for libations such as Latin Kiss cocktails and specialty Bacardi mojitos. With mambo, African, reggae, Arabic, and European music, the high-octane dance nights give lovers of dance the opportunity to shake it like a hated roommate's bottle of soda.
For more than 30 years, Off Broadway has showcased national and local acts in an intimate bar atmosphere. No audience member is more than 30 feet from the stage during the venue's live shows, making for intensely personal experiences and extraordinarily obvious note passing on stage. The calendar of upcoming acts includes April Smith and the Great Picture Show (April 13), a KDHX R.E.M. tribute show (April 27), singer-songwriter Garrison Starr (April 28), and Joe Pug (May 14). Attendees can also loosen their tongues for appreciative whistles with drinks gathered from the bar.