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Dance the Night Away

Put on your dancing shoes and join in the fun nightly on Mackinac Island.

Plan Your Stay on Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island Dancing

Put on your dancing shoes and join in the fun nightly on Mackinac Island. The Grand Hotel’s Terrace Room invites all to dance with Alex Graham and Grand Hotel Orchestra nightly starting at 9:30pm. The dress code must be observed, men in suits and ties, women in their finest and this along with the jazz orchestra makes for a glamorous night out.

Professional dancer and dance instructor Lee May hosts Ballroom Dancing Lessons at the Mackinac Island Community Hall on Thursday nights from 8pm-9pm during peak season. Following, folks get dolled up and head to Grand Hotel to try out their new moves at the Terrace Room.

Horn’s Gaslight Bar is known for their legendary Booty Night with DJ Brevin. Islanders, employees and tourists get down to the boogie all night long from about 10:30pm every Wednesday.

Zumba African Dance Exercise at Lilac Tree Hotel is the place to be early morning to stretch, work out and learn new moves with the enthusiastic Zumba dance instructors. For times, call (906) 847-6575.

In addition, several of the Island pubs bring in DJs periodically throughout the summer. The best way to find out what is happening nightly, is to stop by the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau on Main Street or pick up the Mackinac Island Town Crier newspaper for up to date happenings.

Dance Performance

During the Fudge Festival each season, the Children’s Ballet Theatre of Michigan puts on a stellar performance at the Mission Point Theatre. Led by artistic director Gregory George-a respected dancer, teacher, choreographer and director for companies and universities across the Midwest, he has performed and choreographed musicals for Wisconsin University, Ann Arbor Civic Players and Bay View Theater Arts.  In addition he has shared his talent for TV commercials, plays and fashion shows as well as ballets for many companies as a guest resident director, dancer and choreographer.

For those interested in Irish dance  and want to learn more about the irish culture and identity, the Ardan Academy of Irish Dance offer a free workshop during the annual Lilac Festival in addition to performing at A Taste of Mackinac each June.