Ballroom Dance Club

Welcome to the Ballroom Dance Club at the University of Minnesota! For over 30 years, we have sought to spread the love and understanding of ballroom dancing throughout the University community and Twin Cities metro area.

Lessons

 

We are currently in our summer session, and lessons are held Wednesdays from 6-8pm. Afterwards, we will carpool over to Cinema Ballroom for an hour of free social dancing. The following information holds for the upcoming Fall and Spring semesters.

Ballroom Dance Club meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The intermediate lesson starts at 7:15 and the beginning lesson starts at 8:00, with both lessons lasting 45 minutes. Following the lessons, there are 45 minutes of general dancing. The full calendar for the club can be found here.
Intermediate lesson 7:15 - 8:00pm
Beginning lesson 8:00-8:45pm
General dancing 8:45-9:30pm

Membership/Fees

We are currently in our summer session and lessons are FREE!! The following information will hold for the upcoming Fall and Spring semesters.
 
Your first two lessons are free! After your free lessons, the membership types available are as follows:
  • Full Student Membership ($40) - This gives you access to our beginner lessons and social dances on both Tuesday and Thursday and our intermediate lessons if eligible.
  • Full Non-Student Membership ($69) - Same benefits as the Full Student Membership for non-students without Rec center access (Includes affiliate pass fee).
  • Single Lesson Pass ($10) - This is a one-time pass.
Student Service Fees/Affiliate Memberships
Members not paying Student Services Fees are required to purchase an Affiliate Card from the University. If you are interested in doing so, please email Uzoma Wamuo, our Safety and Facilities Coordinator at wamuo003@umn.edu for more information. If you are a student at the University of Minnesota and are unsure if you are paying Student Services Fees, log into your student account and look for Student Services Fees, which will likely be immediately below tuition.
Waivers
All members must fill out an online waiver before attending lessons, which is available in the links below. Students and staff at the University of Minnesota are required to fill out a University of Minnesota Participation Waiver; everyone else (including students at other universities) must fill out an Affiliate Participation Waiver. Waivers need to be filled out only once during each school year. Visit the Sports Clubs website and see the forms tab for the appropriate form.

Location

Ballroom Dance Club meets in the University Recreation Center, located in the center of campus. Lessons are in Multipurpose Rooms 1 and 2, which are just up the stairs on the second floor. Click the image or here to view in Google Maps.

UMN Rec Center Map

Dances

During lessons, we teach waltz, tango, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, quickstep, cha cha, rumba, samba, single and triple swing, west coast swing, hustle, and salsa. Some of the styles are demonstrated by our competition team members in the video below. If you would like to know more about dance, and see some examples of professional dancers, visit our dance overview page.

Officers/Volunteers, the Checkin System is here.