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 (12/8 - 12/14)
Posted on Wed, Dec 10 2014
Hello Ballroom Friends,

Hope you are all relaxing after BADC this weekend! Congratulations once again to Spencer and his team (Matt, Bobbie, Olivia, Roel, Feifei, Lullit) and their assistants (Crystal, Dina, Joanna, Elina, Kevin, Agnes, Aisulu, and Alice) for all of their hard work this semester - you guys did an amazing job putting on a fantastic, on schedule, smoothly running competition.

We also want to thank hosts and volunteers - without you guys, we could not hold a successful BADC. You guys are crucial to our competition, and we want to make sure you know that. To those of you that stayed beyond your shifts and offered to do extra, we are so grateful and appreciative of your willingness to help, your flexibility, and your support.

We also had some fantastic results from our dancers, which you can access here!

BADC Feedback

We are always looking to make things better (and to keep doing whats working well), so if you have any feedback or ideas you would like to share, please let us know here!

Holiday Party (Dec 8th @ 10pm, Lerner c555)

Come celebrate the end of the year with CU Ballroom at a Roaring 20s Gatsby Party!

Dress Code: 1920s (think flappers and classy fellows) We will have food, drinks, social dancing, a fun dance competition, performances, a gift exchange (sign up/details here), and more! See you there!

MAC: Jan 16-17 (Register by December 31st!)

The Manhattan Amateur Classic is a fantastic amateur competition being held on Friday January 16th and Saturday January 17th (adult syllabus events are during the day). MAC is a national qualifying event, meaning if you are in the top 65% of competitors, you may go on to compete at USA Dance Nationals in Baltimore in March. It is being held in a hotel in Secaucus, NJ which you can easily get to by train (details to come). If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Lauren (lbc2119@columbia.edu).

If you are here over break, we highly encourage you to register! It is a large scale, prestigious competition, and if you end up going to nationals it will be an amazing experience with the ballroom world. We will cover the registration fee for Columbia affiliates.

There is also a USA dance membership fee, which we will also cover up to $25 (the full price for a student competitor) for Columbia affiliates.

Rules and more info here

Apparel

Apparel will be here before the semester ends. You can either pick it up before break, or at the beginning of next semester, and we will announce those details once it arrives. If you have not paid yet, you can pay at the end of the year party - please bring cash in an envelope/ziploc/etc marked with your name. Jackets are $40 and t-shirts are $15.

Good luck with reading week, and see you tomorrow at our end of the year party!


This Week in Ballroom (12/1 - 12/7)
Posted on Wed, Dec 3 2014
Hello Ballroom Friends,

Hope you all had a relaxing break and are ready for BADC this weekend!

Classes

  • Monday 12/1 - Standard in Lerner C555
    • 10-10:45 PM Newcomer
    • 10:45-11:30 PM Bronze
    • 11:30 PM-12:15 AM Advanced Workshop
  • Tuesday 12/2 - Latin in Lerner 569
    • 10-10:45 PM Newcomer
    • 10:45-11:30 PM Bronze
    • 11:30 PM-12:15 AM Advanced Workshop
  • Friday 12/6 - Social (Salsa) in Wien Lounge
    • 5:30-6:30 PM Practice Social
    • 6:30-7:15 PM Beginner
    • 7:15-8:00 PM Intermediate
Supervised Practices (Dodge, Aerobics Room 3)
  • This Thursday 12/4 10:30PM-12AM (Rounds 11pm - 12am)
If you have questions, feel free to stop at "Latin Office Hours" with Charlene! There will be a focus on samba, but questions from any dance will be welcomed! Rounds are a great way to prepare for competitions, so if you are competing at BADC, definitely stop by. There will be no supervised practice on Saturday or Sunday due to BADC!

BADC (December 6-7, Roone Arledge Auditorium)

Like the facebook page for updates and join/invite friends to the facebook event

If you are still looking for a partner, you can try the BADC TBA Search

If you are unsure about what to wear, check out our competition guide, or feel free to ask another dancer! (Note: costumes are not allowed at the newcomer level)

If you (or anyone else) wants to come to the showcase featuring Pasha and Daniella, you can buy tickets here! (Note: volunteers and hosts who fulfilled the conditions for a free ticket, you do NOT have to buy tickets!)

BADC Volunteering

There will be training sessions on Monday 12/1 at 9 pm, Tuesday 12/2 at 9 pm, Thursday 12/4 at 9 pm, and Friday 12/5 at 4 and 5 pm. All of the sessions will meet in front of Roone Auditorium; everyone is required to attend at least one training session. (You will have to sign in!)

Please be 5-10 minutes early to your shifts to ensure that you will have all of the necessary information before you start volunteering. Remember, right now shift times are approximate and subject to change, but we will get you more accurate times early this week. Feel free to email Crystal (cs3182@columbia.edu) with questions!

BADC Hosting

Olivia has been in touch with many of you regarding housing. If she has not yet, be on the lookout for that! Remember to reach out to your hostees to arrange a meeting time and remind them to bring sleeping bags unless you have other accommodations to offer. Thank you to everyone who is hosting again : )

We still need to house about 26 competitors, so if you have not signed up yet, we would really appreciate it if you did! Please sign up here or email Olivia (yx2217@columbia.edu).

Holiday Party (Dec 8th @ 10pm, Lerner c555)

Come celebrate the end of the year with CU Ballroom at a Roaring 20s Gatsby Party!

Dress Code: 1920s (think flappers and classy fellows) We will have food, drinks, social dancing, a fun dance competition, performances, a gift exchange (sign up/details here), and more! See you there!

Apparel

If you have not paid yet, you can pay any board member at classes - please bring cash in an envelope/ziploc/etc marked with your name. Jackets are $40 and t-shirts are $15.

See you all at BADC : ) To those of you who are not competing or volunteering, Spencer and his team have been working incredibly hard to put this competition together, and it is one of the most prestigious collegiate ballroom competitions on the east coast - come check it out and support us! To those of you who are competing, get excited - we cant wait to see you on the floor!


This Week in Ballroom (11/24 - 11/30)
Posted on Sat, Nov 29 2014
Hello Ballroom Friends,

Here is what is happening this week:

Classes

  • Monday 11/24 - Standard in Lerner C555
    • 10-10:45 PM Newcomer (Quickstep)
    • 10:45-11:30 PM Bronze (Tango)
    • 11:30 PM-12:15 AM Advanced Workshop (Foxtrot)
  • Tuesday 11/25- Latin in Roone Arledge Auditorium
    • 10-10:45 PM Newcomer (Jive)
    • 10:45-11:30 PM Bronze (Rumba)
    • 11:30 PM-12:15 AM Advanced Workshop (Samba)
  • NO Salsa this week due to Thanksgiving Break
Practices
  • NO weekly practices this week due to Thanksgiving Break (Dodge is closed)
Scheduling Note

The end of the semester is approaching - our last week of classes will be the week of Dec 1st

BADC (December 6-7, Roone Arledge Auditorium)

Our last team competition of the semester is our home competition, BADC (and it is less than two weeks away)! We cannot wait - register here before 11/29, request a team dress by 11/26, and sign up for TBA if you are still looking for a partner!

BADC Hosting and Volunteering

Sign up here if you have not yet - we are still looking for hosts, and always appreciate more manpower at the comp itself. If you host at least two people and volunteer for at least two shifts, you get free tickets to our show couple performance! For those of you that have signed up, thank you so much - we really appreciate it. Stay tuned for your volunteering and hosting assignments!

Holiday Party (Dec 8th @ 10pm, Lerner c555)

Come celebrate the end of the year with CU Ballroom at a Roaring 20s Gatsby Party!

Dress Code: 1920s (think flappers and classy fellows) We will have food, drinks, social dancing, a fun dance competition, performances, a gift exchange, and more! See you there!

Apparel

If you have not paid yet, you can pay any board member at classes - please bring cash in an envelope/ziploc/etc marked with your name. Jackets are $40 and t-shirts are $15

Have a relaxing break everyone : )












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