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

New Website
Posted on Fri, Oct 9 2015

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**Dues Collection + Princeton Deadlines + Mentorship Program + Save the Date for upcoming events!**
Posted on Mon, Sep 28 2015

Hello Ballroom Friends,

Coming up this week:

  • This week in ballroom~
    • Classes ( Monday 9/28 10pm, Tues 9/29 10pm, and Fri 10/2 6:30pm ) + Team Practices ( Thurs 10:30pm, Sat 7pm, and Sun 1pm, with newcomer workshops 1-2pm on Sundays ): Schedules/details for these are below. Note: Latin will be in Hillel, NOT Lerner - see below for directions.
    • Dues! In order to continue to take classes or practice in our team space, you need to pay dues by October 9th AND (for CU affiliates only) officially join our club online here. We start dues collection this week at classes - please come 15-20 minutes early to class, bring ID (student ID if you have it), and come with cash or a check (cash preferred) . If you do not want to pay full dues this week, you can pay $10 trial fee per class you attend. Next week, however, you will have to pay full dues.

Dues for the Semester

1 track

2 tracks

3 tracks

Undergraduates @ CU

$80

$120

$150

All other members

$120

$150

$180

**Open level dancers who join as mentors will not have to pay dues to the club, and will get full travel expenses to and from team competitions covered (in addition to the already covered competition fees). If you are an open level dancer planning on signing up for mentorship, just let us know at class or email us at cuballroom@gmail.com .**

If you pay these dues, you get access to instruction from New Yorks best instructors - and if you pay for dues, you will pay at most $8 a class if you attend every class, even less if you sign up for multiple tracks! Moreover, paying dues entitles you to use some of Columbia very coveted dance practice spaces without having to worry about reservations or paying additional fees. Other benefits of paying dues and being a full member of our club:

  • Get competition registration for team competitions covered - around $40-50 per competition you do not have to pay!
  • Get half of travel for team competitions covered - around $25-30 per competition!
  • Be eligible to join our mentorship program - a unique opportunity to work with an upper-level dancer each week
  • Access fun ballroom events + preparatory workshops woohoo - need I say more?
    • Deadline to register for Princeton: We will be organizing a team trip to Princeto competition ( Sunday, October 18th) and highly encourage newcomers to sign up. It is a small comp that is not intimidating, so it is the perfect way to jump into ballroom - I competed at Princeton my freshman year only about 2-3 weeks after I had started taking ballroom classes! You do not need a partner or extensive experience to register. Questions? Email Spencer at stb2132@columbia.edu.
      • Registration: Register here by September 30th - if you run into trouble registering, here is a how to guide! Anyone who registers under Columbia University Ballroom will be subject to club policies, which can be found here.
      • Competition Form: Sign up hereby October 11th to travel with the team, but if a. you are not traveling with the team or b. want to request team apparel to wear at Princeton, then sign up by September 30th.
  • Introducing the Mentorship Program~
    • What is it? This program is an amazing opportunity to work with an advanced dancer one-on-one each week and we highly encourage it for those who want to be more involved in ballroom or want to compete.
    • What is the time commitment? For newcomer and bronze dancers - 1 hr per week to be mentored. For silver and gold dancers - 2 hrs per week (1 to mentor a newcomer or bronze couple, and 1 to get mentored yourself). For open level dancers - 1 hr per week to mentor a silver or gold couple.
    • How can you join? First, pay dues. After you pay dues, you will receive an invitation to sign up. The deadline to fill out the sign up form is October 8th; however, the earlier you fill it out, the better. Then, on October 11th at practice, we will have a meet and greet for mentors and mentees to meet each other. Note that the October 8th deadline means that you need to have paid dues by the end of next Tuesday class - October 6th!
    • Are there any other requirements for being in the program? Just a couple - all participants in the program will be expected to help out at Columbias competition on Dec 5th-6th withvolunteering day of and hosting competitors. Additionally, newcomer and bronze dancers mustattend weekly classes in order to remain eligible for mentorship, and they also must attend one competition this semester.

**Open level dancers who join as mentors will not have to pay dues to the club, and will get full travel expenses to and from team competitions covered (in addition to the already covered competition fees). If you are an open level dancer planning on signing up for mentorship, just let us know at class or email us at cuballroom@gmail.com .**

  • Save the date~
    • Intro to Competitions Workshop ( Wednesday, October 7th, 10pm-11pm, DFC Aerobics Room 3 - at practice )
    • Partner Matching ( Thursday, October 8th, 11pm-12am, DFC Aerobics Room 3 - at practice )
    • Shoe Shopping Trip ( weekend of October 10th-12th, more info to come )
    • Ballroom Styling Hair/Makeup Workshop ( Saturday, October 17th, 7pm-8pm, DFC Aerobics Room 3 - at practice )
    • Princeton ( Sunday, October 18th ): If you are worried about being ready, then just come to the above ^^ to get all the info you could possibly need :)
  • Schedules~

Classes

Monday 9/28 - Standard (Tango) - Lerner C555

10-10:45 PM Newcomer

10:45-11:30 PM Bronze

11:30 PM-12:15 AM Advanced Workshop (Silver and above)

Tuesday 9/29 - Latin (Rumba) - Rennert Auditorium, Hillel

10-10:45 PM Newcomer

10:45-11:30 PM Bronze

11:30 PM-12:15 AM Advanced Workshop (Silver and above)

Friday 10/2 - Social (Salsa) - Wien Lounge

6:30-7:15 PM Beginner

7:15-8:00 PM Intermediate

Rennert Auditorium , The Kraft Center for Jewish Life, which houses Columbia/Barnard Hillel, is located at 606 W. 115th Street, New York, NY 10025. The cross streets are 115th and Broadway. When you enter the building turn left, and go one flight down the stairs.

Team Practices - Dodge Fitness Center, Aerobics Room 3

Practices are optional, but they are a great way to practice steps and meet team members in a smaller setting so we encourage everyone to check them out :) We will have a more experienced dancer at every practice to answer your questions, whether they be about dancing, Columbia, or life in general. Interested in additional Wednesday practice space (10-11:30pm) in Dodge? Email cuballroom@gmail.com!

Thursdays 10:30PM-12AM

Saturdays 7PM-10PM

Sundays 1PM-4PM (Newcomer Workshops 1-2PM)


Hope to see you this week! As always, feel free to reach out to cuballroom@gmail.com with questions.


First Week of Free Classes!! / Princeton Competition
Posted on Tue, Sep 22 2015

Hello Ballroom Friends!

Upcoming events~ Free Classes (Monday 9/21 10pm, Tues 9/22 10pm, and Fri 9/25 6:30pm) + Team Practices (Thurs 10:30pm, Sat 7pm, and Sun 1pm):

Schedules/details for these are below.

Newcomer Workshops (Sunday 9/27, 1-2pm, at practice): We will be reviewing what was taught in newcomer classes this week and offering tips that helped us when we got started. These are a great way to start practicing and to meet potential *partners*, so check them out! We will do waltz at 1:00 and cha cha at 1:30.

Princeton - first competition of the semester! (Sunday, October 18th): We will be organizing a team trip to Princetons competition and highly encourage newcomers to sign up. It is a small comp that is not intimidating, so it is the perfect way to jump into ballroom - I competed at Princeton my freshman year only about 2-3 weeks after I had started taking ballroom classes! You do not need a partner or extensive experience to compete, and we will be holding several events over the next month (and starting our mentorship program) to help you guys prepare so you will have all the information you will need. Questions? Email Spencer at stb2132@columbia.edu

Registration: Register here by September 30th - if you run into trouble registering, here is a how to guide! Anyone who registers under Columbia University Ballroom will be subject to club policies, which can be found here. Competition Form: Sign up here by October 11th to travel with the team, but if A. you are not traveling with the team or b. want to request team apparel to wear at Princeton, then sign up by September 30th. Schedules~ Free Classes

  • Monday 9/21 - Standard (Waltz) - Lerner C555 (115th and Broadway) 10-10:45 PM Newcomer 10:45-11:30 PM Bronze 11:30 PM-12:15 AM Advanced Workshop (Silver and above)

  • Tuesday 9/22 - Latin (Cha Cha) - Lerner C555 (NOT Lerner 568!) 10-10:45 PM Newcomer 10:45-11:30 PM Bronze 11:30 PM-12:15 AM Advanced Workshop (Silver and above)

  • Friday 9/25 - Social (Salsa) - Wien Lounge (116th and Amsterdam) 6:30-7:15 PM Beginner 7:15-8:00 PM Intermediate

If you are worried about accessing Lerner, please email cuballroom@gmail.com.

Team Practices - Dodge Fitness Center, Aerobics Room 3

Practices are optional, but they are a great way to practice steps and meet team members in a smaller setting so we encourage everyone to check them out :) We will have a more experienced dancer at every practice to answer your questions, whether they be about dancing, Columbia, or life in general.

  • Thursdays 10:30PM-12AM
  • Saturdays 7PM-10PM
  • Sundays 1PM-4PM (1-2PM this Sunday will be our newcomer workshop!)

Note that in order to practice in Dodge, you need to officially join our club online at http://dosportseasy.com/columbiaclubsports/?DB_OEM_ID=9610.

Interested in additional Wednesday practice space (10-11:30pm) in Dodge? Email cuballroom@gmail.com!












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