Ballroom Dance Academy of St. Louis

BDASL is a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on sharing the joy of ballroom dancing.  We offer weekly Ballroom Dance Group Class Lessons and Monthly Dance Events for social dancing on-site at the Magnificent Mahler Ballroom. Off-site BDASL sponsors Community Outreach Programs for Children and Seniors and an annual week-long Dance Camp for adults. BDASL awards Ballroom Dance Scholarships to students who are gifted and needy.

Studies show ballroom dancing provides a positive and youthful environment for people of all ages. Not only is ballroom dancing a cultural event, it's also a form of exercise that improves one's health and mind by teaching social skills, musicality, concentration, fall prevention, balance, and sequential memory. Ballroom dancing is truly an inter-generational lifelong activity that can be enjoyed and participated in by everyone.

Class Schedule August


6:30-7:30 pm: Waltz and Tango (for experienced dancers)
7:30-8:30 pm: Cha Cha and Rumba (for experienced dancers)


6-7 pm: Beginner II Ballroom (Tango & Cha Cha)
7-8:30 pm: Intermediate Ballroom (Argentine Tango & Viennese Waltz)


6-7 pm: Beginner Salsa Rueda
7-8 pm: Intermediate Salsa Rueda
7-8 pm: Beginner I Ballroom (Swing & Rumba)
8-9 pm: Intermediate Ballroom (Bolero) - CANCELLED
8-9:30 pm: Salsa performance class

For more information, please see here.

- for all classes listed as "Beginner II", we encourage dancers to have attended "Beginner I" with the same dances,
or have some prior experience with these dances

- for all classes, no partner is required. We usually rotate partners during class.

BDASL is delighted to invite you to our Monthly Social Dance Event. Our social dances welcome dancers of all levels
to join each other on the dance floor, have fun, and catch up with friends. For more information, see here.

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Monthly Dance Party

"By the sea"

saturday, august 18, 8:00 pm

$12/person, refreshments included
NEW: Full-time students pay only $5 with current student ID


Milonga Bedazzled

sponsored by BDASL

Come and dance some Argentine Tango every 1st Sunday of the month from 3:00 to 7:00 pm (3-4 pm beginner-friendly lesson, 4-7 pm open dance) at the Mahler Ballroom. Cover is $12/person, cash only.

For up-to-date information, please see the Milonga facebook website.

In the month of June, for the first time we are also offering a Tango Practica, led by Michael Flanagan, on Thursdays, 7:00-8:30pm at the Mahler Ballroom. Cost is $5.

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Dance Performances

  • Salsa Rueda performance at the Chautauqua Art and Dance Festival (June 2018)
  • Waltz performance at the 11th annual Emerson SPRING TO DANCE Festival (May 2018)
  • Rueda Salsa performance at the annual fundraiser of the Flamenco Cultural Society of St. Louis (September 2017)
  • Dance performances at Lumiere Casino for an employee recognition dinner and fiesta (April 2017)


For more information on other outreach activities, including out Senior Dance Program and the WUSTL dance group, see here.