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 March


7-8 pm: Ballroom Waltz and Tango Variations
8-9 pm: Ballroom Cha Cha and Rumba Variations


6-7 pm: Social Beginner I (Waltz & Rumba)
7-8:30 pm: Social Intermediate (Quickstep & Ru)
Note: Must have completed a bronze program and have permission from the instructor


6-7 pm: BEGINNER Salsa Rueda (note the change in time!)
7-8 pm: INTERMEDIATE Salsa Rueda (note the change in time!)
7-8 pm: Social Beginner I (Tango & Rumba)
8-9 pm: Intermediate Ballroom (Waltz)

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

- 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.


Monthly Dance Party

"St. Patrick"

Saturday, Saturday March 17, 8:00 pm

$12/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.

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.

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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.