If you're looking for dance clubs in Salt Lake City, your best bet is to open your mind a little and be generous with your search parameters. While the city indeed claims a few prototypical dance clubs, most of its venues fall outside of the strict definition.
If you won't be satisfied by anything but a pure dance club – with DJs, light displays, mixed drinks, and the whole shebang – look no farther than The Hotel – Elevate. This quintessential club has five separate rooms, all gussied up to match your hot pants.
Area 51 also can quite properly be called a dance club. Catering largely to those in their 20's, this establishment features many theme nights, cover bands, DJs, and all kinds of reasons to dance like crazy while enjoying cheap beers.
Those looking for even more selection in the pure “dance club” genre would be well suited to travel up Parley's Pass to Park City. There the extremely popular clubs, Downstairs and Park City Live (formerly Harry O's), offer excellent sound systems, incredible bands and DJs, and beautiful people.
If you prefer to stay in Salt Lake City, and are willing to broaden your search criteria a bit, take a look at the online schedules of bar-slash-venues like Urban Lounge, Club Sound, and Burt's Tiki Lounge. These low-key establishments fill their calendars with shows by local bands and nationally famous indie groups. Others like The Westerner and Hog Wallow function as a place to get a beer, eat dinner, and dance to live music.