About Yale Ballroom Dance

Membership is open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students.

We organize practices and lessons, taught by veteran team members and professional instructors, catered to all skill levels from newcomers to champions. If you are interested in learning to dance, feel free to observe any of our practices and try a complimentary lesson. No prior experience is necessary. You do not need to come with a partner, as we can match you with one.

Yale Ballroom Dance offers club lessons, which are taught at a level for social dancing, and competitive lessons, which will prepare you for ballroom dance competitions throughout the semester. If you are interested in joining at either level, please e-mail one of our captains, James Diao and Elizabeth Li, at james.diao@yale.edu or elizabeth.li@yale.edu to be notified when the next dancing season starts in the fall.

Competition Dances

International Standard

Waltz
Tango
Viennese Waltz
Foxtrot
Quickstep

International Latin

Cha Cha
Samba
Rumba
Paso Doble
Jive

American Smooth

Waltz
Tango
Foxtrot
Viennese Waltz

American Rhythm

Cha Cha
Rumba
Swing
Bolero
Mambo

Social Dances

Salsa
Merengue
Bachata
Hustle