About Columbia Ballroom. The Columbia University Ballroom Dance Team offers weekly classes with renowned professional dance instructors in International Standard and Latin, as well as Social dancing classes. The team offers a casual atmosphere with the opportunity to experience both the social and competitive aspects of ballroom dance.

Our mission is to provide the best opportunity and environment for members to develop and hone their dancing skills and to share their interests in ballroom dancing. We are a social, fun-loving organization that supports its members in their quest to dance and perform better. No partner or prior dance experience is necessary to join the team.

Recent Posts

This Week in Ballroom (3/23 - 3/29)
Posted on Wed, Mar 25 2015
Hello Ballroom Friends,

Hope that you all had a relaxing spring break! Friendly reminder that we really need every CU affiliate to fill out this form ASAP for club sports - please do so by tonight! Here are our (very exciting!) announcements for this week - there is a lot coming up!

The Magic is in the Mix - A Workshop by the 3x World Latin American Champions Troels Bager and Ina Jeliazkova

We are very very excited to announce that CU Ballroom will be hosting Troels Bager and Ina Jeliazkova for a completely free workshop on Sunday, April 5th, 4-6pm, in the Broadway Room. If you missed them at Dance Passion (or even if you didnt!), here is a chance to learn from one of the best latin couples around.

The workshop will include some technical work incorporated into a dance routine which will be taught and demonstrated by Troels and Ina, as well as some performance and spacial awareness skills points.

Space, unfortunately, is limited, so if you are willing to confirm that you will be there, please RSVP here - we will cap attendance on a first come first serve basis. There are no eligibility requirements to attend, as long as you have paid dues and if you are a CU affiliate, have filled out the club sports form :)

Check In (Mentorship/Partner Matching)

If you are currently partnerless, we will do our best to find a match for you - just let us know here (Fill out by 3/28). Also, here is a friendly reminder that there is a "Mentorship Qs" form at the bottom of every email where you can reach out to Djordje with any questions or concerns!

Salsa Social (Sunday 3/29)

Our first salsa class outing will be at Las Chicas Locas on Sunday, 3/29. It is at Dancesport dance studio at 22 West 34th Street (between 5th and 6th). The event has free classes early in the evening and plays a mix of latin dance music (incl salsa and bachata) in different rooms. It is a friendly atmosphere with performances at 10pm. No age limit. Check out the facebook event! If you have paid dues for the semester, we will cover/reimburse your entrance fees if you come with us. All are welcome! Please RSVP if you plan to come and feel free to reach out to Louis (lcl2137@columbia.edu) if you have questions!

If you are meeting us at the studio, we will reach by 8pm. If you are meeting us on campus, we might have dinner together after practice (~5.30pm) and leave from 116th station at 6:30pm.

Harvard (April 11th-12th):

  • Register here! (Deadline 4/3)
  • Travel - We will be organizing travel to Harvard, and you can sign up here (Deadline 3/27) **Return trip details will be updated by tonight**
  • TBA - If you are looking for a partner for Harvard, be sure to fill out the partner matching form above!
  • Team Dresses - Costumes are allowed in bronze and above! If you are interested in wearing a team dress, please request here (Deadline 4/1)
  • Showcase - More info about the showcase to come!
  • Housing - deadline has passed. **If you did not request housing, but are interested in attending, please email us.**
Board Applications (Apply by 3/27)

To apply, just email Jayati(jv2488@columbia.edu) a filled out application (attached in the weekly email - includes descriptions of positions + contact info) by March 27th! Good luck! Once again, if you have any questions or would like to know more in general, please feel free to reach out to Jayati or any other board member :)

Penn State Results

Congratulations to everyone who competed - they all placed, way to rep CU ;)

  • Cathleen and Linus: 8th in Bronze Standard (Tango)
  • Sebastian and Feifei: 2nd in Gold Latin
  • Darin and Natalia: 2nd in Gold Standard, 3rd in Syllabus VWaltz
Save the Date

A few clubs at on the med school campus are holding a social on April 4th - Here is the facebook event if you are interested!


  • Monday 3/23 - Standard (Quickstep) - Lerner C555
    • 10-10:45 PM Bronze
    • 10:45-11:30 PM Silver
    • 11:30 PM-12:15 AM Advanced Workshop (Gold and above)
  • Tuesday 3/24 - Latin (Jive) - Room 569
    • 10-10:45 PM Bronze
    • 10:45-11:30 PM Silver
    • 11:30 PM-12:15 AM Advanced Workshop (Gold and above)
  • Friday 3/27 - Social (Salsa) - Wien Lounge
    • 6:30-7:15 PM Beginner
    • 7:15-8:00 PM Intermediate
Practices (Dodge, Aerobics Room 3)
  • Thursdays 10:30PM-12AM
  • Saturdays 7PM-10PM
  • Sundays 2PM-5PM (Newcomer Workshop 2-3PM) (Recommended Mentoring Time 3-4PM)
*potential Monday space - reach out if interested!*

Lastly, USA Dance Nationals is this week, and we have several team members who qualified and are competing. Wishing you luck guys - we will be supporting you from NY!

This Week in Ballroom (3/16 - 3/22)
Posted on Tue, Mar 17 2015
Hello Ballroom Friends, Cant believe its already spring break - the semester is flying by, which means that our big spring comps are approaching. If you are planning to go to Harvard, please read below about upcoming deadlines! Also, quick reminder that there are no classes this week, and no practice space in Dodge except on Sunday (unsupervised)

IMPORTANT Club Sports Form

If you are a CU Student, and have not filled out this form to register as an official member of CU Ballroom, please do ASAP! It will also help us with allocation requests for next year so we can keep providing all of the programs we do like covering competition registration and half of travel :)

Monday Practice Space

We may be able to get Monday space in Dodge (10:30pm-12:00am) for the rest of the semester. If you would be interested in this, please email Jayati (jv2488@columbia.edu) sometime this week!

Harvard (April 11th-12th)

Harvard is a two day competition, meaning that there is plenty of time for bonding between all of the fantastic dancing.

Register here! (Deadline 4/3)

Housing - Harvard team members have offered to host competitors, and we as a team will be requesting housing collectively. If you need housing, make sure to sign up here (**not on the competition website**) by Friday, 3/20, at noon AND to register for the competition by then as well. We cannot guarantee housing to anyone who does not do either of the above by Friday at noon!

Travel - We will be organizing travel to Harvard, and you can sign up here (Deadline Friday, 3/27)

More info about team dresses, TBA sign up, and the showcase to come!

Board Applications (Apply by 3/27)

We are opening up applications for next years Ballroom Board and BADC Board. If you have enjoyed being part of ballroom this year, and would like to get more involved in helping make ballroom an amazing experience for others, this is your chance! This is also a great way to develop social and leadership skills. To apply, just email Jayati a filled out application (attached in the weekly email - email her if you did not receive it) by March 27th! (jv2488@columbia.edu) - good luck!

Included in the application are descriptions of each position and you can also read about them in our constitution.

Contact information of current board members in each position is also included - please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

Save the Date

  • Salsa Social - weekend of March 27th
Have a great break, and good luck to everyone going to Penn State!

This Week in Ballroom (3/9 - 3/15)
Posted on Mon, Mar 9 2015
Hello Ballroom Friends,

Hope midterms have been going well, and good luck on any to come this week! Here are the announcements:

Penn State (March 21st)

You can still register! (Deadline March 17th)

Vanda Dance

If you are thinking of buying (or renting) a dance costume or other accessories, check out Victor and Anastasias site http://vanda.dance/ - if you do buy something from them, and note that the CU Ballroom Dance Club referred you when checking out, we each get a 5% refund ;)

Spring Break Schedule

  • No salsa this week, no classes and no supervised practices next week
  • We have Dodge space on both Sundays 3/15 and 3/22 (unsupervised)
  • We do NOT have space on Sat 3/14, Thurs 3/19, and Sat 3/21 (Dodge is closed at our typical practice times)
Save the Date
  • Salsa Social - March 27th
  • Monday 3/9 - Standard (Tango) - Lerner C555
    • 10-10:45 PM Bronze
    • 10:45-11:30 PM Silver
    • 11:30 PM-12:15 AM Advanced Workshop (Gold and above)
  • Tuesday 3/10 - Latin (Rumba) - Roone Arledge Auditorium
    • 10-10:45 PM Bronze
    • 10:45-11:30 PM Silver
    • 11:30 PM-12:15 AM Advanced Workshop (Gold and above)
  • NO SALSA class this week due to spring break!
Practices (Dodge, Aerobics Room 3)
  • Thursday 3/13 10:30PM-12AM
  • NO SPACE Saturday
  • Sunday 3/15 2PM-5PM (unsupervised)
Have a great last week before spring break!

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