Boogie nights

Nothing says summer like cutting loose on the dance floor on a warm summer night (well, OK, I guess that stretch of 100-plus-degree weather in recent weeks kind of yelled summer right in our faces, but still). The city is rife with opportunities this week to take in some smooth moves and bust out a few of your own:

Collect inspiration from the pros with Sketch 4x4, wherein four renowned choreographers—Stephanie Martinez, Jared Nelson, Gabrielle Lamb and David Fernandez—design pieces for Sacramento Ballet dancers over only 25 hours of rehearsal. A highly inventive and intimate performance held at the E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts (2420 N Street), tickets run $35 and the first show is on Friday, June 10, at 7 p.m. Additional show times are 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday; call (916) 552-5800, ext. 2, or visit for more information.

If you’re ready to cut a rug yourself, dust off your dancing shoes and probably brink a hankie just in case, because local musicians pay tribute to the late, great Purple One at the Prince Birthday Tribute at Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub (2708 J Street) on Friday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12-$15; visit for more details. Then the next day, the June installation of the summer block-party series THIS starts at 5 p.m. at 1050 20th Street. Swedish nu-disco deejay Tobtok headlines, plus Spacewalker and deejay Rich Soto are also on the bill. Find out more at

Alternatively, on Sunday, June 12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Sol Collective (2574 21st Street) stop by for Pulse, a yoga flow class followed by a dance party. DJ Rock Bottom will be providing the tunes, and the safe-space vibes of the dance party ensure that you can let your inner Elaine Benes loose without judgment. A $15 donation is suggested; visit for more info.

Cap it all off with a screening of one of the greatest dance movies of all time, Footloose, wherein rebellious teens challenge authority with fancy-free footwork. The screening is on Wednesday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Crest Theatre (1013 K Street). By the way, this follows a performance from the actual Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael on Sunday, June 12, at 8:30 p.m., also at the Crest. Tickets for the movie are $8-$10 and $35-$55 for the concert; visit to purchase.