Ballroom Dance Academy of St. Louis (BDASL)

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 October


6:30-7:30 pm: Foxtrot and Waltz Variations (for experienced dancers)
7:30-8:30 pm: Swing and Cha Cha Variations (for experienced dancers)


6-7 pm: Beginner II Ballroom (Waltz & Rumba) - CANCELLED
7-8:30 pm: Intermediate Ballroom (Cha Cha & Night Club 2-Step)
8:30-9:30 pm: Beginner Salsa
Note: no Salsa class on 10/30


6-7 pm: Beginner Salsa Rueda - CANCELLED
7-8 pm: Intermediate Salsa Rueda
8-9 pm: Beginner I Ballroom (Waltz & Cha Cha)
8-9:30 pm: Salsa Performance Class

Note: the intermediate ballroom class on Thursdays has been discontinued (for now) due to low attendance. If interested, please email to let us know, and we'll discuss the possibility of re-installing the class.

For more information on our classes, please see here.

- All of our classes are group classes, where you can learn to dance in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. For all classes,
no partner is required. We usually rotate partners during class, as this helps you to become a better leader or follower.
- 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.
- Please note that we reserve the right to cancel classes if less than 5 students sign up the first week of classes.
In such event, we will note here on the website that the class has been cancelled.

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

"Autumn Leaves"

Friday, October 26, 8:00 pm

$12/person ($5 for students with ID)
refreshments included


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.

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 community activities, including our Children and Senior Dance Programs and the WUSTL Grad Dance Club, please see our outreach page. For pictures and videos, please visit our gallery.