I have to admit I'm biased -- I've been taking classes with Hallie Kuperman every couple of years since before she even owned the Century Ballroom. But to me it is the best place in Seattle to go for a romantic evening out. What could be better than having a nice dinner (the menu is limited, but everything I've had has been very good), white tablecloths and all, then twirling 'round the floor with your girl (or guy) in your arms?
Despite being a lesbian-owned business on Capitol Hill, the Century is dominated most evenings by hetero couples. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I am very happy that Hallie recently added gay nights to the schedule. OutDancing happens on the third and fourth Friday of every month, and features a wide variety of dance music, from salsa and swing to two-step and disco. The crowd tends to be mostly women (including a lot of familiar faces from the Timberline, may it rest in peace), but there are several male regulars as well. There are plenty of people to fill the room with energy, but it is not nearly as crowded and sweaty as the popular salsa nights.
Don't know how to swing? Scared by salsa? Not to fear. There are classes before each dance, as well as a regular schedule of classes that meet several weeks in a row, and the instructors are great.