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 May


6:30-7:30 pm: American Silver Waltz (for experienced dancers)
7:30-8:30 pm: American Silver Rumba (for experienced dancers)


6-7 pm: Beginner I Ballroom (Foxtrot & Swing)
7-8:30 pm: Intermediate Ballroom (Waltz & Salsa)


6-7 pm: Beginner Salsa Rueda
7-8 pm: Intermediate Salsa Rueda
7-8 pm: Beginner II Ballroom (Foxtrot & Cha Cha) - CANCELLED
8-9 pm: Intermediate Ballroom (Quickstep)
8-9:30 pm: Salsa performance class (more information)

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.

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Monthly Dance Party

"Celebrate Patriotism"
BDASL Memorial Day Dance

Saturday, May 26, 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.