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(4/7-4/14)
Posted on Mon, Apr 7 2014
Hey everyone! Here is your weekly ballroom news! Lessons this Week:

Monday- Standard (Foxtrot) in Lerner C555- ELECTIONS AT 10:45 PM!
  • 10:00-10:45 PM Bronze
  • 10:45-11:15 PM Elections for new E-board
  • 11:15-11:45 PM Silver
  • 11:45 PM-12:15 AM Gold
Tuesday- Latin (Samba) in Lerner C555, starts at 10:15 PM!
  • 10:15-11:00 PM Bronze
  • 11:00-11:45 PM Silver
  • 11:45-12:30 AM Gold
Friday- Social (Salsa) in Wien Lounge
  • 5:00-5:45 PM- Beginners
  • 5:45-6:30 PM- Advanced

Practices (in DFC, Aerobics Room #3):

  • Monday- NO SPACE tonight and next two weeks
  • Thursday- 10:30 PM- 12 AM
  • Saturday- 7-10 PM
  • Sunday- 3 PM- 6 PM- 3-4 PM- newcomer foxtrot/samba workshops; 4-5 PM designated mentoring time; 5-6 PM- runthroughs

NYU competition (this Saturday):

We will be leading a group there on Saturday morning- please stay tuned for updates!

MIT competition (April 26th, 27th)

If you would like free housing with members of the MIT team, please fill this here and we will cover your regular registration fees.

The travel will be similar to Harvard comps (two groups going to Boston on Friday- afternoon and late eveining, and one group heading back on Sunday evening). Please stay tuned for more update on travel!

Syllabus with video links!

Just a reminder that we have our complete syllabus with video links to the steps taught in our classes online here . Enjoy!

End of the year party!:

Our end of the year party will take place on Monday, May 5th, 10 PM- 12 AM, in Lerner C555. There will be snacks, performances, fun-dances, musical chairs, and more, so make sure to put this date on your calendars!

That is all for this week! Have a good one!

This Week in Ballroom(3/24-3/31)
Posted on Wed, Mar 26 2014
Hey everyone! Here is your weekly ballroom news!

Lessons this Week:

Monday- Standard (Tango) in Lerner C555
  • 10:00-10:45 PM Bronze
  • 10:45-11:30 PM Silver
  • 11:30 PM-12:15 AM Gold
Tuesday- Latin (Jive) in Roone Arledge Auditorium
  • 10:00-10:45 PM Bronze
  • 10:45-11:30 PM Silver
  • 11:30 PM-12:15 AM Gold
Friday- Social (Salsa) in Wien Lounge
  • 5:00-5:45 PM- Beginners
  • 5:45-6:30 PM- Advanced

If you have not provided us with an email address yet, please make sure to see the board member who is supervising before the class.

Practices (in DFC, Aerobics Room #3): Monday- 10 PM- 12 AM (not supervised, open only to open level dancers)
Thursday- 10:30 PM- 12 AM
Saturday- 7-10 PM (9-10 PM- runthroughs)
Sunday- 3 PM- 6 PM (3-4 PM Newcomer workshops in tango and jive; 4-5 PM- designated mentoring time; 5-6 PM- runthroughs)

Travel to Harvard:

We will be leading the following two groups to Harvard, for the competition next weekend:

Group 1: Meet at 116th gate at 3:30PM Friday, April 4th to catch 4:45 PM Megabus; Arrive in Boston 9:15 PM Friday, April 4th.
Group 2: Meet at 116th gate at 11 PM Friday, April 4th to catch 12:15 AM Greyhound bus; Arrive in Boston 5 AM Saturday, April 5th.

We plan to return to New York on Sunday, April 6th, by the 8:30 PM Megabus from Boston.

If you are an open level dancer in the competition track program, we can purchase your tickers for both ways. For all other members traveling to Harvard, we can purchase your return trip ticket only (Boston to NYC), and you need to obtain your own ticket from NYC to Boston.

If you are competing at Harvard and would like us to purchase your ticket, please fill out the form by this Friday.

Salsa outing on Saturday:

Please see below message from our social and formation team chair, Louis:

"Dear Ballroom Salseros,

Get ready for the first social dance outing of the semester! This Saturday, Pura Vida Dance Social @ Dance Manhattan will be held at a dance studio so no ID is required. There will be a Salsa room and a Bachata room and they will have some performances as well.One of the performances will by our awesome instructor, Jonathan Rodriguez with his team Fiebre Bugalu.

39 W 19th St. (Between 5th and 6th Avenue) 4th Floor - New York, NY 10011

Cost is $5 before 10pm and $12 after, but the team will reimburse the $5 for all members of the social class.

We will lead a group from the 116th Columbia U gates, leaving at 9.15pm.

FB Event

This is not to be missed! For more details and to RSVP, please contact Louis (lcl2137@columbia.edu) asap."

Board application for next year:

The application for the ballroom boards of next year is now available. If you have enjoyed being part of ballroom this year, and would like to contribute to making ballroom an amazing experience for others next year- this is your chance! Taking part in running the club is also a great way to develop social and leadership skills.

The ballroom "government" next year will consist of a governing board (4 executive board positions+ 6 coordinator and chair positions) and a BADC competition board (Chair, vice-chair, and 4 coordinator positions). Only Columbia and Barnard undergraduates are eligible to run for the 4 executive board positions, while all club members are eligible to run for the other positions. Only a rising junior who has previously been part of the governing board is eligible to run for president.

I am attaching a word doc file which contains the application, and a description of each of the board positions. I have also included the name and email of the current board member serving each position, so that you can reach out to them if you have any questions. To apply, simply fill out an answer to each of the 6 questions, and email me the file by next Sunday, March 30th.

Feel free to apply for multiple positions, but make sure to rank your choices in order of preference. Good luck!


This Week in Ballroom(2/24-3/3)
Posted on Mon, Feb 24 2014
Hey everyone! Here is your weekly ballroom news!

First of all, congratulations to everyone who competed at Upenn this weekend! Everyone did really well and there was an amazing team spirit present throughout the day. We brought home many ribbons. Roar CUBallroom, roar!

And now it is time to prepare for BADC (our home comp), which is in less than two weeks! If you have not registered yet, please see below for the link (deadline is this Saturday). Please also fill out the hosing/volunteering form if you can- it would really help us out (and you will get free tickets to the showcase show)!

Speaking of M&J, here is their samba, to get us all ready for the latin classes this week!

And here are all of the announcements:

Lessons This Week:

Monday- Standard (Foxtrot) in Lerner C555
  • 10-10:45 PM Bronze
  • 10:45-11:30 PM Silver
  • 11:30 PM-12:15 AM Gold
Tuesday- Latin (Samba) in Lerner, Party Space
  • 10-10:45 PM Bronze
  • 10:45-11:30 PM Silver
  • 11:30 PM-12:15 AM Gold
Friday- Social Class in Wien Hall
  • 5-5:45 PM Beginners Salsa
  • 5:45-6:30 PM Intermediate/Advanced Salsa

We are continuing collection of dues this week. If you have not paid dues yet, please arrive a couple of minutes early!

Practices (in DFC, Aerobics Room #3):

  • Monday- 10 PM- 12 AM (not supervised, open only to open level dancers)
  • Thursday- 10:30 PM- 12 AM
  • Saturday- 7-10 PM (9-10 PM Run-throughs in prep for BADC)
  • Sunday- 3 PM- 6 PM
    • 3-4 PM Foxtrot/Samba workshops for Newcomers
    • 4-5 PM recommended mentorship time
    • 5-6 PM run-throughs
Register for BADC (Our home competition) - Deadline this Saturday

Our home competition (BADC) will take place on March 8th and 9th. If you have never competed before this is a great chance for a debut- you can invite all of your friends to cheer you on! If you have not registered yet, here is the link

Volunteer at BADC (and get free tickets to M&Js show):

Reminder to sign up! Here is the message from BADC board: "As you know, our team is holding BADC (The Big Apple Dancesport Challenge) at Columbia on March 8-9. We provide housing to competitors, and in order to accommodate all of them, we ask that everyone host as many competitors as they can for that weekend - even if you do not plan to compete.

Those that host at least two competitors as well as volunteer for two shifts will get free tickets to the showcase performance on Saturday night.

A host would provide housing either Friday night ( March 7th), Saturday night (March 8th), or both. There are not many responsibilities involved, and it always fun to meet fellow ballroom dancers, so please sign up with the form!

You can also sign up in class this week.

Thank you,
BADC Board"

Purchase Tickets for M&Js show:

If you would like to purchase tickets for the big show of Michael and Joanna here at Columbia, you can do so at the TIC, or with the following link.

Feel free to also invite your friends via the Facebook event

Do not let them miss a spectacular performance by latin dance World Champions!

Placements at Upenn:

And now for the big news you have all been waiting for, here are the results from Upenn this weekend! If I counted correctly we brought home 60 ribbons :)

SMOOTH:
Newcomer
  • Waltz- 1st- Darin & Agnes; 3rd- Steve & TBA; 6th- Roel & Natalia
  • Tango- 4th- Darin & Agnes; 7th- Roel & Natalia

Bronze
  • Tango 4th- Steve & Kate


STANDARD
Bronze
  • Waltz- 3rd- Darin & Agnes; 5th Roel and Jayati
  • Quickstep- 6th- Darin & Agnes

Silver
  • W/Q- 3rd- Djordje & Feifei; 6th- Louis & Fei
  • T/F- 2nd- Djordje & Feifei
  • Overall- 2nd- Djordje & Feifei


LATIN
Bronze
  • Chacha- 3rd- Djordje & Lullit; 4th Darin & Agnes
  • Rumba- 2nd- TBA & Natalia.
  • Jive- 2nd- Djordje & Lullit; 4th-TBA & Natalia; 7th- Darin & Agnes
  • Samba- 3rd- Djordje & Lullit; 5th- Steve & Alex
  • Overall- 2nd- Djordje & Lullit

Silver
  • S/J- 1st- Sebastian & Feifei
  • Overall- 3rd- Sebastian & Feifei

Gold
  • C/R/S/J- 3rd- Louis and Fei

  • Prechamp
    • Chacha- 5th- Evan & Charlene
    • Samba- 4th- Evan & Charlene
    • Rumba- 3rd- Evan & Charlene
    • Jive- 2nd- Evan & Charlene
    • Paso- 2nd- Evan & Charlene
    • Overall- 3rd-Evan & Charlene

    Champ
    • C/S/R/J/P- 5th Evan & Charlene

    FUNDANCE
    • Three person salsa- 5th- Darin, Agnes & Feifei


    That is all for now. See you all in classes and at practices this week!









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