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Get your groove on and dance the night away at these Atlanta events

Sometimes you just have to get your groove on, and this February Atlanta’s hopping with classes, workshops and festivals devoted to help you burn up the dance floor. There’s a little bit of everything, from salsa and hip hop to belly dancing and fitness dance, which makes it easy to strut your stuff all month long. 

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New to dancing? It doesn’t matter — many of these happenings feature easy-to-follow lessons and one-on-one instruction to get you started. 

Now, get your dancing shoes on and boogie the night away with these top events:

Valentine Belly Dance Workshop. 1-4 p.m., Feb. 1. $39 per person. Atlanta Belly Dance Studio at Little 5 Points. 1394 McLendon Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-638-6530. www.atlantabellydance.com

Surprise your significant other with a sensual dance this Valentine’s Day by taking the special workshop offered at the Atlanta Belly Dance Studio. This course will have you moving your hips like a pro with easy-to-understand instruction and a ton of fun. 

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Latin Wednesdays at Tongue and Groove. 9 p.m.-3 a.m., Feb. 5, 12 and 29. Free to $20 per person. Tongue and Groove. 565 Main St. NE, Atlanta. 404-261-2325 www.tandgonline.com.

Boogie the night away during Latin Wednesdays at Tongue & Groove, which will include New York-style salsa in The Main Room and two DJs in The Dance Room playing top 40, hip hop, reggaeton and more. Arrive at 9 p.m. for an hour of free dance lessons.

Dance N Drip ATL. 6 p.m., 7:15 p.m., Feb. 8. $20-$35 per person. Cosmic Energy Fitness Studio. 4800 Briarcliff Road NE, Suite 2050. Atlanta. 678-964-6452. www.cosmicenergyfitness.com. 

Who says exercise has to be boring? Join Empress Cece and get fit while shaking it to Dancehall and Soca music at the Dance N Drip ATL event taking place February 8th. Hosted by Cosmic Energy Fitness Studio, choose from two different dance sessions with expressive and empowering body movements. Register early – this one sells out fast!

Behind the Movement Dance Intensive. Feb. 15. $30-$200 per person. Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and Convention Center. 2450 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. www.eventbrite.com.

For intermediate and advanced dancers looking for a way to improve their skills, don’t miss the 6th Annual Behind the Movement Dance Intensive happening mid February. You’ll receive priceless instruction and invaluable preparation for becoming a professional dancer with explorations of jazz, ballet, hip hop, stage, contemporary and commercial dancing.

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Family Glow Dance Party. 5-7 p.m., Feb. 23. $40 for members, $50 for non-members. MJCCA Zaban Park. 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Atlanta. 678-812-3727. www.atlantajcc.org.

Families with children ages 4 and up can join MJCCA for the Family Glow Dance Party on February 23rd at Zaban Park. Make sure to wear white or fluorescent attire to this enlightening and moving event, which will glow brightly against the black lights within the dance space. Guests will also enjoy dinner, prizes and a keepsake to bring back home. 

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2020 Atlanta Salsa Bachata Festival. Feb. 27- March 1. $5-$329.99 per person. The Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta. 210 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. Contactwww.atlantasbf.com. 

The 2020 Atlanta Salsa Bachata Festival is back at Westin Peachtree Plaza for an exciting festival and an impressive lineup of artists, including Jessica Patella, Ernesto and Denise, Adolfo and Amneris, Tropical Gem and more. Guests will take part in workshops, parties and experience performances by some of the top teachers and performers in the world.

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