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 the 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!
Attendance at BAM sponsored events is limited to UW-System students, faculty, staff, and members of the club. If you are a student, faculty, staff, or member of the club, you are welcome to invite up to 2 persons 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 our UW student membership numbers remain above 75%.
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?
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 Wednesday 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.
BAM Fall Kickoff Dance!
Date: Friday, September 9
Location: Varsity III, Union South
1308 W Dayton St
Time: 7:00pm - 12:00pm
Lessons and Instructors:
7:00pm -- Beginner American Tango with Eugene Tsai and Anna Nadon!
8:00pm -- Beginner Hustle with Pete Koczan!
9:00pm -- Beginner Smooth Waltz with BJ Achim!
Parking: Lot 56 (Charter St.), Lot 54 (Charter St.), Union South Garage/Lot 80 (Dayton St.)
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.
Wednesday Lesson Series
Our weekly lesson series will resume next month with Beginner International Rumba!
Dates: Wednesdays: 9/21, 9/28, 10/5
Times: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Dance Style: Beginner International Rumba!
Instructor: Anna Nadon
Location: Multipurpose room (fourth floor), Student Activity Center, 333 East Campus Mall
Parking: Lot 61 (Free), Lot 46 (Ramp)