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

BDC meets on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings. The Tuesday and Thursday lessons start at 7:15pm and cover 1-2 dances, followed by a social dance at 8:30pm. On Fridays, we have an advanced lesson starting at 7:30pm.
Warm-up 7:00 –  7:15pm (7:30 on F)
Lesson 7:15 – 8:30pm
Social Dance 8:30 – 9:30pm

*Times for Fall 2022 are not finalized yet

Membership/Fees

Your first two lessons are free! After your free lessons, payment for a membership is required to continue attending our lessons.
  • Full Student Membership ($50) – This gives you access to all of our lessons (and the social dance afterwards) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for an entire semester.
Student Service Fees/Non-Student Memberships
Members not paying Student Services Fees are required to purchase a membership to the University’s Recreation and Wellness Center. If you are interested in doing so, please email bdc@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 UMN Student Participation Waiver; everyone else (including students at other universities) must fill out an Non-UMN Student 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 and Wellness Center, located in the center of campus, and shown in the map below. Lessons are in Multipurpose Rooms 1 and 2, which are just up the stairs on the second floor. 

Dances

During lessons, we teach waltz, tango, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, quickstep, cha cha, rumba, samba, triple swing, and hustle. 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.