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 December


7-8 pm: Ballroom Waltz and Tango Variations
Note: no class on 12/25

8-9 pm: Ballroom Cha Cha and Rumba Variations
Note: no class on 12/25


7-8:30 pm: Intermediate Social (Foxtrot & Cha-Cha)
Note: class meets only 12/4 and 12/12; no class 12/19 and 12/26


7-8 pm: Beginner Social (Tango & Rumba)
Note: no class on 12/21 and 12/28

8-9 pm: Intermediate Ballroom (Cha-Cha) - CANCELLED
Note: no class on 12/21 and 112/28


For more information, please see here.

- classes listed as social focus more on step patterns and less technique, i.e. focuses on dancing that
most people would call “social dancing”, for dance parties, weddings, etc.

- classes listed as ballroom focus mostly on dance technique and less on step patterns
- for all classes, no partner is required. We usually rotate partners during class.

2017 December.PNG

Monthly Dance Party - Holiday Special

FRIDAY, December 8, 8:00 pm

Christmas/Holiday Special: $15/person, refreshments included

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. Park free in the Mahler Ballroom’s gated parking lot.


We're extremely proud of our community outreach programs! Through a DOC grant and oversight by Urban Strategies, BDASL teaches weekly dance classes at four McCormack Baron Senior apartment buildings. BDASL’S successful senior program has enriched the lives of hundreds of seniors in the St Louis area through ballroom dancing to increase flexibility, strength and endurance, to stimulate memory, improve balance and reduce the risk of falls.

For information on other outreach activities, see here.