A one-night-only dance party celebrating Pittsburgh’s renowned contemporary dance company, Attack Theatre. Get down. Get dirty.
On May 20th, join the folks known for reinventing the classic dance party at Spirit, a former Moose lodge turned bar and pizza joint in Lawrenceville. Featuring different DJs every hour, pop-up dance performances by Attack Theatre, and a cash bar of cold drinks and hot pizza. This event is for the “20-somethings, retirees, starving artists and bankers,” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) and you!
$20 general admission
$15 students, teachers, seniors, and artists
Ages 21+ only. IDs will be checked at the door.
Eye Jay the DJ: young trap princess/DJ based in Pittsburgh via Jersey blending sultry R&B, hip-hop, dancehall, house, and jersey club sounds to craft her signature sound throughout the tri-state underground
Pandemic Pete: fuzes together tropical bass, cumbia, dancehall, bhangra, electro shaabi, chalga, Russian folk, bollywood, afrobeats, azonto, kuduro, Brazilian bass, Asian pop, and Balkan beats.
DJ Bamboo: Turntablism, hip-hop, house, dance/club, reggae, funk, and top 40.
Selecta: old school hip-hop/samples/funk + soul/house/reggae.
Frequently Asked Questions (Sort of)
Is this The Dirty Ball?
No. After a wildly successful 10-year run, we retired it. But we aren't resting on our laurels, and The Dirty Ball isn't dead. Its spirit lives on in an all-new event -- The Down and Dirty Dance Party!
What does the $15 - $20 ticket get me?
Four DJs, Attack Theatre performances, interactivities, and fun. Lots of fun. The bar is cash-only and there is an ATM located inside the lobby of Spirit.
Can I buy my ticket at the door?
Yes, but we never recommend that, especially if you want to skip the lines. We also can accept credit cards at the door if you want to save your cash for the bars.
Where is the event located?
Who are the DJs?
What should I wear?
We like to harken back to the good old days of the first ever Dirty Ball with this one. To quote the 2006 invitation: "Anything goes (your best cocktail dress, your circa 1975 blue leisure suit, your dirtiest jeans, your leather pants...). Use your dirty mind and imagination!" -- this is still as true today as it was then. Have fun and be comfortable. Always.
How should I get to the party?
We don't necessarily recommend driving for many reasons. 1) It's a Friday night in Lawrenceville. 2) Parking will be challenging. 3) We want you to stay safe. So, please consider alternate methods of transport. May is National Bike Month and May 20th is Bike to Work Day. We have bike racks that you can use and our partner Healthy Ride
has a docking station at 42nd Street (which is just a short walk from Spirit). If you aren't the pedaling type, you can use one of the many rideshare options we have in the city. Or consider taking our fabulous city buses with Port Authority
What time are the Attack Theatre performances?
Wait! I thought you said this wasn’t The Dirty Ball! Well, yes. It’s not. But we’re still a dance company. And we have some of the best darn dancers in this city – nay, the world. So, of course we’re going to perform. But we’re leaving the pirates, robots, Dr. Larry’s and Dirty Burt’s at home. At this party, we’re simply showcasing some of the best movement we’ve got set to the sounds of the DJs each hour – with a few surprises around each corner. Performances will be around 9:15pm, 10:15pm, and 11pm.
What is a dance party?
According to Wikipedia, a dance party (also referred to as a dance) is a social gathering where dancing is the primary activity. Some dance parties are held in a casual setting and open to the public, such as a rave, or those held in nightclubs and discothèques.
What is Rebecca’s (Executive Director of Attack Theatre) favorite type of music to get super sweaty on the dance floor to?
Early 90’s third wave ska.
The Down and Dirty Dance Party is made possible in part by:
Photo credit: Mark Knobil