What is the Ballroom Association of UW-Madison?
Would you like to learn to dance to latin, swing, ballroom, and nightclub music?
Want to meet new friends at UW?
Then BAM is the student organization for you!
Who can attend BAM sponsored events?
You never need to bring a partner with you to a lesson or dance.
You don't even have to know how to dance! In fact, before most of our dances, we provide group lessons. Just check out our Dance Schedule!
Anyone is welcome to attend BAM sponsored events, but if you're not a UW student, faculty, or staff member, or the guest of one, please e-mail us so we can list you as a guest of the council. If you do fall into one or more of these categories, you are welcome to invite up to 2 guests who do not fit those requirements to an event. Anyone who does not fit the requirements may still join the club. However, we occasionally have to suspend new non-student memberships temporarily to ensure that our UW student membership remains above 75%. When this occurs, non-students may still purchase a Lesson Pass -- see our Membership page!
If you would like to attend an event and do not fall into any of the categories above, simply contact us, and we will treat you as a guest of the Council.
What do I get by being a member?
The group lessons before our dance events are free for BAM members. Additionally, you will receive substantial discounts on admissions to dances, classes, and workshops!
Click here to learn more about becoming a member!
What if I don't know how to dance?
No problem! Before most of our dances, we have professional dance instructors or highly skilled amateurs teaching intermediate and beginner level dance lessons. If you're interested in refining your skills, you can come to our weekly Lesson Series on weekday evenings.
There are also many experienced dancers, often distinguished by yellow badges, who are happy to show you some basic dance steps at the social dances. Just ask someone to dance or stop by the admissions table. The person working there can usually introduce you to someone with dance instruction experience.
More questions? See our FAQ page!
BAM Social Dance!
Date: Saturday, January 27th
Location: Northwoods Room, 3rd floor, Union South, 1608 W Dayton St.
Time: 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Admission: $2 for members, $5 for non-members
Parking: Lot 56 (Charter St.), Lot 54 (Charter St.), Lot 80 (Paid ramp)
NOTE: To keep the floor clear of sand and salt, please bring a clean pair of shoes for dancing. They don't have to be special dance shoes, but you should not dance in the same shoes you wore outside coming to the dance.
BAM Spring Kickoff!
Date: Friday, February 2nd
Location:Great Hall, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St.
Time: 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Admission is FREE!
7:00pm: American Foxtrot Lesson
8:00pm: East Coast Swing Lesson
9:00pm: Salsa Lesson
10:00pm: Social dancing!
Parking: Lot 6 (paid ramp), Lot 10 (paid ramp), State Street Garage (paid ramp), Lot 61