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Come Dance!

Every Monday of the Month


The Ethical Society

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    About Powerhouse Blues   

Powerhouse Blues is a weekly social dance in Philadelphia, PA. We meet to dance the blues, an improvised social partner dance done to Blues music. With weekly lessons and social dance parties, we celebrate the living history and expressive variety of the Blues. Powerhouse Blues strives to be an inclusive and diverse community open to all regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, experience, background, or lifestyle.

 We welcome dancers of all experience levels!


COVID-19 2023

The PhB Committee continues to monitor COVID-19 and will adjust their policies as needed. Please follow the guidelines below:

1. Practice good health habits: Wash your hands, cover your face with your elbow when you cough or sneeze, avoid touching your face, and avoid sharing food.

2. Stay home when you are sick and avoid sick people: If you feel ill you should stay home and avoid getting others sick, a six foot radius of space is the current minimum safe distance.

3. Get vaccinated and follow CDC guidelines on booster shots.




Philadelphia Ethical Society

1906 Rittenhouse Square

Philadelphia, PA 19103


7:30pm - 8:30pm


8:30pm - 10:30pm

With DJed or live music


$10-$15 pay what you wish

Free for volunteers!



Fundamental Topics

Classes are held each week before our dance!

We have one class, geared towards dancers at all points on their dance journey.
Extended Topics


Q: What happens at your weekly event? How does it all work?

A: We dance every Monday at The Philadelphia Ethical Society!


Our instructors teach an all levels class from 7:30pm to 8:30pm. Fundamental Topics for the brand-new, pretty-new, and basic technique oriented dancers, and incorporating Extended Topics for our intermediate and advanced dancers. There is no need to sign-up ahead of time and the lesson is included in the cost of the dance. Please arrive on time to join the lesson.

Our social dance goes from 8:30pm to 10:30pm, we dance to DJed or live music. Check out our Facebook page for weekly event details including instructors, class topics, DJs, or live bands.

Q: Where are you located and what is parking like?

A: The Philadelphia Ethical Society in Center City.

Parking is pretty tight in this neighborhood, we suggest you take public transit or ride shares to the dance or search for street parking.

Q: What should I bring? Do I need to bring a partner?

A: You do not need to bring a partner, during classes you will rotate through partners and during the dance you are encouraged to ask people to dance!


You should, however, bring comfortable shoes to dance in, a water bottle, and to beat the heat a change of clothes and/or a towel if you are prone to getting sweaty. We recommend wearing clothes you are comfortable moving in. Casual attire is perfectly acceptable though sometimes we encourage folks to dress up for live bands or special events like our Spring Fling and our Halloween dance.

Q: Someone is making me feel uncomfortable, what should I do?

A: If someone is making you uncomfortable on the dance floor, please speak to an organizer right away. Powerhouse Blues strives to be a fully inclusive space, and we have a strict no-harassment policy. We have dedicated Safer Spaces coordinators who are always available to help. Refer to our Safer Spaces page for a look at our Safe Spaces Policy and for ways to get in touch with our Safe Spaces Coordinator.

If you would like to report a concern to our safer spaces team, you are welcome to submit an anonymous report via our online form.


The Community Education Center

3500 Lancaster Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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