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The 10 Best Dance Clubs in Dallas

Let's face it: Dallas is a hell of a city to go dancing. It may have been hurt in the past by the crackdown on raves, which flourished years ago, but a slew of young, up-and-coming dance clubs and a thriving DJ community means that there's never a shortage of places to go and get turnt, any night of the week. And, better yet, you don't even need to go anywhere near Uptown to get your kicks (although you can do that too). If anything, the hard part is figuring out which clubs are the best of the best, but no need to worry there either. We've already got you covered.

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10. The Basement at The Travis

The lower portion of the Travis, The Basement, is full of life, or rather, full of lives that are everywhere. They're waiting endlessly at the bar, in line for a mythical bathroom nobody's seen the inside of, and dancing side by side on the hip hop-crazy dance floor. The overpopulation may only occur on nights hosted by DJing duo BootyFade, but either way, it's a popular place. On the bright side, if you are going to be trapped in a crowded turnt up club, you couldn't ask for a friendlier crowd than this one, where the overall atmosphere is informal and welcoming. Eva Raggio

4515 Travis St., Dallas, thetravisdisco.com

9. Green Elephant

Although Green Elephant has gone through many changes over the years it remains a popular spot for the SMU crowds to drink and dance. It is the definition of a college bar, but occasionally still becomes more than that. The venue has played host to key bass, house and U.K. garage parties over the years has played host to a long line of touring DJs that have gone on to international fame. Thanks to Dub Assembly, Green Elephant was the spiritual home of the old school dubstep scene way back before dubstep became blended into a slightly less adventurous EDM form playing host some of the originators of that sound. Wanz Dover

5627 Dyer St., Dallas, greenelephantdallas.com

8. Candle Room

Opinion on this club is polarizing. So we may only state with certainty that if you belong to a particular one percent or happen to be a lucky member of the female population, Candle Room is a great place. The small and nearly hidden club off I-75 may be in Dallas, but it is oh-so L.A, exclusive and ritzy. The music is alright, but as told by a waitress a while back, "Only drunk people dance here." Not to worry; drunkenness comes easy. It's not uncommon for pretty girls to be offered a bottle of champagne upon entering, ending up with so many drinks they look like they've set up a side bar of their own. When you look over at the mystery benefactor, a suited-up gentleman merely nods discreetly with a Robert-Redford-in-Indecent-Proposal vibe. So, great for broke thirsty girls and men who want to feel like a big shot. ER

5039 Willis Ave., Dallas, candleroomdallas.com

7. Crown & Harp

You should always come to Crown & Harp prepared to dance. There are lots of different sounds in this place and if what you hear downstairs doesn't move you, then try the new dancefloor upstairs. And there is no shame here. When talent buyer Moody Fuqua dances he looks like he is praising the lord; no one ever makes fun of him. This is a crowd of old and young, one of the best melting pots in the city stirring up great conversations. Nobody's looking at you so just take a chance and go for it. Imitate others if you don't know how; it's okay to plagiarize when it comes to dancing. Have fun or look dumb trying, who cares. No one will judge you here. Jeremy Hallock

1914 Greenville Ave., Dallas, thecrownandharp.com

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