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 (10/20 - 10/26)
Posted on Mon, Oct 20 2014
Hello Ballroom Friends,

To everyone who went to Princeton - amazing job! Hope you all had fun and got to know each other a bit more. See our results here! Cant wait for our next comp (DCDI) : )

Classes

  • Monday 10/20- Standard (Tango) in Lerner C555
    • 10-10:45 PM Newcomer
    • 10:45-11:30 PM Bronze
    • 11:30 PM-12:15 AM Advanced Workshop
  • Tuesday 10/21- Latin in (Rumba) Dodge Aerobics Room 3, NOT Roone Arledge Auditorium
    • 10:30-11:15 PM Newcomer
    • 11:15 PM-12:00 AM Bronze
    • 12:00-12:45 AM Advanced Workshop
  • Friday 10/24 - Social (Salsa) in Wien Lounge
    • 6:30-7:15 PM Beginner
    • 7:15-8:00 PM Intermediate
Supervised Practices (Dodge, Aerobics Room 3)
  • Thursdays 10:30PM-12AM
  • Saturdays 7PM-10PM (Rounds 9-10PM)
  • Sundays 2PM-5PM (Newcomer Workshop 2-3PM) (Suggested mentorship time 3-4PM) (Rounds 4-5PM)
DCDI (November 1st-2nd)

**Register by October 25th (DCDI is at U of Maryland - College Park.)**

Sign up for travel/housing by October 25th - details and links to buy tickets in the form. We will buy your tickets for the return trip, and you guys are responsible for buying your tickets for the trip to DCDI. For those of you with alternate travel plans who would still like your return tickets covered (or both ways for open level mentors), still sign up through this form by Oct 25. Since DCDI is an overnight competition, UMD members host competitors, and you can sign up through us. But housing is limited - if you can find alternate arrangements, please do!

Request a team dress by October 25th (Silver and above allowed costumes)

Sign up for TBA (if looking for a partner)

Rhythm Break Cares Opportunity Teresa has let us know about a wonderful leadership opportunity with RB Cares, which trains ballroom dancers to engage in dance therapy with Alzheimers patients.

RB Cares trains ballroom dancers to engage in dance therapy with Alzheimers patients and their caregivers at tea dances several times a month. RB Cares seeks to improve these patients quality of life by providing them with moments in which they can interact with the world through music and dance,. The organization recently received 501(c)(3) status and is currently recruiting for 3 or 4 additional board members to help shape the organization moving forward. Election for new board members will take place in January 2015. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis to fill the slate. To apply, please send teresa.lii@gmail.com a 300-word statement of interest describing your dance background, current employment or student status, and at least one programming suggestion that RB Cares could implement in the next year (i.e., a fundraising, outreach or development idea).

T-shirt Design Contest Submit designs by October 25th!

To all you witty, artistic, and creative people out there (and everyone else too): We are holding a t-shirt design contest for CU Ballroom! The winner will get FREE travel to a competition of your choice, as well as a FREE t-shirt of your own design! Have other apparel ideas? No problem - just add it to the Google form and we will take your design into consideration for the Spring semester.

Salsa Outing (Friday 10/24, 9:30pm onwards)

Abakua dance social after class, RSVP here. No age limit. Free for paid members. Friends are welcome!

Global Brigades Gala

Formation team is performing! (Roone Auditorium Thursday October 23rd from 8:30-9:30pm): Global Gala FB event

The Global Brigades Gala event is a dance performance showcase with the main goal of fundraising. Between each performance, they will be presenting Volunteer "Dates" to be auctioned off in a Silent Date Auction.

Thats all for now - have a wonderful week!

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This Week in Ballroom (10/13 - 10/19)
Posted on Tue, Oct 14 2014
Hello Ballroom Friends,

Hope everyone is excited for Princeton this Saturday!

Classes

  • Monday 10/13- Standard in Party Space, NOT Lerner C555
    • 10-10:45 PM Newcomer (Review of all dances - Waltz, Tango, Quickstep)
    • 10:45-11:30 PM Bronze (Foxtrot)
    • 11:30 PM-12:15 AM Advanced Workshop (Foxtrot)
  • Tuesday 10/14- Latin in Roone Arledge Auditorium
    • 10-10:45 PM Newcomer (Review of all dances - Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive)
    • 10:45-11:30 PM Bronze (Samba)
    • 11:30 PM-12:15 AM Advanced Workshop (Samba)
  • Friday 10/17- Social (Salsa) in Wien Lounge
    • 6:30-7:15 PM Beginner
    • 7:15-8:00 PM Intermediate
Supervised Practices (Dodge, Aerobics Room 3)

  • Thursdays 10:30PM-12AM (Rounds 11:00PM-12:00AM)
  • Saturdays 7PM-10PM (NOT supervised due to Princeton)
  • Sundays 2PM-5PM (Newcomer Workshop 2-3PM - Waltz and Cha Cha) (Suggested mentorship time 3-4PM)
Hair, Makeup, and Clothes Night Friday, October 17th

Princeton is approaching! If you need help on how to do your hair, or makeup, or dont know what to wear when you compete, come join us in the first floor dance room in Schapiro Hall THIS Friday, October 17th, at 8pm to prep for the competition! Keep in mind, you dont need to be competing at Princeton to come! This is for everyone :)

If you have questions about specific hair or makeup items, or an outfit for the comp, please feel free to bring these things with you, and bring your own makeup! Light refreshments will be served. Here is our competition guide as a reference.

Princeton Saturday, October 18th

  • Meet at 6:15AM on Saturday, October 18th, at the 116th Gates (Broadway side) - we do not want to leave without you, but we will if we have to ;)
  • Jayati (609-968-8944) and Natalia (917-756-7196) will be leading the trip; you can contact us if you cannot find the group or have any questions
  • Bring your metro card + money for the ticket back ($17ish) and food ($25ish) (as well as clothes, shoes, and anything else you need to compete!)
We leave campus 6:15 am Saturday morning, and will probably get back around 9:00pm or 10:00pm Saturday night. We are taking the 7:14am NJ Transit train from Penn Station to Princeton Junction. We will grab breakfast at Penn Station (if we have time), lunch after Standard, and a team dinner before we head back : )

Still looking for a partner at Princeton? Sign up here by tonight. We will get back to you before Thursday practice.

Salsa Outing Friday, October 24th

A message from Louis - Attention Salseros! If you want music to practice to, a platform to ask questions/share videos, and an official social outing downtown, read on:

  • Music: Check out this channel on Youtube: DJ Maksy
  • Facebook Group: Only paid members will be admitted. Videos, music, outing details will be shared in this group.
  • Practice: Feel free to share the studio space in Aerobics Room 3. (Dodge gym access required)
  • Outing: Abakua dance social after class on Friday 10/24, 9:30pm onwards
More details and RSVP here. No age limit. Free for paid members. Friends are welcome. Check out their Facebook page!

Heel Caps

Heel caps are REQUIRED at practices and competitions. We sell them for $5 each - make sure to buy them at any one of our practices in Dodge.

If you do not have heel caps and are competing at Princeton, please bring money to buy them as well on Saturday.

Mentorship

Questions? Concerns? Still have not heard from your mentor/mentee? Let us know here, and we will get back to you. (Note: Make sure to reach out to your partners, mentors, and mentees and coordinate when everyone is meeting!)

Thats all for now - have a wonderful week!

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This Week in Ballroom (10/6 - 10/12)
Posted on Tue, Oct 7 2014
Hello Ballroom Friends,

Get excited for Princeton - we have less than two weeks until the first competition of the semester!

Classes

  • Monday 10/6- Standard (Waltz) in Lerner C555
    • 10-10:45 PM Newcomer
    • 10:45-11:30 PM Bronze
    • 11:30 PM-12:15 AM Advanced Workshop
  • Tuesday 10/7- Latin (Cha Cha) in Roone Arledge Auditorium
    • 10-10:45 PM Newcomer
    • 10:45-11:30 PM Bronze
    • 11:30 PM-12:15 AM Advanced Workshop
  • Friday 10/10- Social (Salsa) in Wien Lounge
    • 6:30-7:15 PM Beginner
    • 7:15-8:00 PM Intermediate
Dues collection is this week!

Supervised Practices (Dodge, Aerobics Room 3)

  • Thursdays 10:30PM-12AM
  • Saturdays 7PM-10PM (Rounds 9-10PM)
  • Sundays 2PM-5PM (Competition Workshop 2-3PM) (Suggested mentorship time 3-4PM) (Rounds 4-5PM)
Princeton Ballroom Competition

Princeton is Saturday, October 18th

Register by October 11th

Sign up for travel by October 11th if you would like to travel with the team either there, or back, or both ways! We leave campus 6:15 am Saturday morning, and will probably get back around 9:00pm or 10:00pm Saturday night. You can also meet us at Penn Station - we are taking the 7:14am NJ Transit train to Princeton Junction

Still looking for a partner at Princeton? Sign up here. (You can still register! Register as TBA and we or a competition coordinator will match you up)

A message from Sheryl -

Ello, poppets! Excited for Princeton? Of course you are! Now channel that excitement into getting ready. Makeup! Hair! Clothes! Need the details on what to wear/how to look/what to do at a comp? Just confused about what a competition is? Check out this guide!

More questions? Confused about how to register? Come to our competition workshop on October 12th, 2-3PM! We will go over everything you need to know : )

Or, ask your friendly neighborhood ballroom member, or shoot me an e-mail at szc2103@colmbia.edu!

Newcomers, we encourage all of you to register - you will be competing with people who are just as new as you are! Feel free to reach out to Lauren (lbc2119@columbia.edu), our competition chair, with questions or concerns.

Club Sports Registration

**This only applies if you are a Columbia student with a CUID!**

In order to officially be a member of CU Ballroom, please fill out the form here for club sports at Columbia. You can also access this by going to "Join a Club" under the Club Sports section at the Dodge Fitness Centers Website.

As always, if you have any questions you can talk to any board member or email cuballroom@gmail.com. Additionally, if you know anyone who would like to be added to our listserv, they can add themselves here. Thats all for now - have a wonderful week!












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