So which venues either in your local area or outside of it do you consider to be tops? Mine are outside of here - my favorite is the Orion Ballroom in Kirkland, Washington in the Seattle area. While this is a studio it is more like a ballroom in both design and atmosphere; never seen another quite like it. The Century Ballroom in downtown Seattle is a top Swing and Salsa spot. This one is a ballroom and not a studio; It is in a very old building and rather fancy. It has avery nice old time ambience. Some Tango is also done here. The Paragon Ballroom in the Phoenix area is another fave. It has a very large floor. The owner use to teach at two of the studios I took lessons from when I started out some 22 years ago. I like to take the 2 hour drive every so often for their Friday evening dance. I want to travel to San Diego next year. I understand that the Champion Ballroom is awesome. Many people I know here have been to the Champion to include the owners of my studio who tell me that it's a fabulous place - I'll be sure to check it out while I'm there. Don't know where all I'll travel to in the future, but would be interested in knowing what all is out there.