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, staff member, BAM 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 may join the club and membership is Free for students. -- 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?
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!
Attention: We are planning to host our first social dance this Fall semester 2021 in October or November. As soon as we have a room and date scheduled, we will post details here on our website and in the BAM Facebook group. We hope to return to weekly social dances and lessons in Spring 2022. We need new UW-Madison students to help lead this new era for BAM. Please drop us a line if you would like to serve as a BAM Council leader. Contact BAM Council
BAM Social Dance
Location: Northwoords Room at Union South, 1308 W Dayton St
7:00pm Beginner Lesson
8:00pm - 10:00pm Social Dancing!
No dance experience and no partner necessary
Free for Fall 2021
Parking: Union South
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.