Who are we?
Located in the heart of Boston, The Northeastern University Ballroom Dance Club exists to celebrate ballroom dancing in all its forms! We are a very accessible club, and our goal is to spread the love of dance to as many people as possible.
Our club has a variety of services suited to any level of dancer! Find out more below.
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We provide free lessons for the Northeastern community! Our lessons come in 3 flavors: beginner, intermediate, and competition (see Competitions for more details). Regardless of the lesson type, we do not require you to have a dance partner to attend!
Beginner lessons: Our beginner lessons are taught by our club members and do not require you to have any prior dance experience to join! These lessons are ideal for anyone who wants to get a taste of a dance style or to refresh their ballroom skills.
Intermediate lessons: If you already know the dance or have attended the beginner lesson for the corresponding intermediate workshop, you are ready to join the intermediate lesson! Intermediate lessons are ideal for learning more technique and are taught by professional dance instructors.
Our COVID-19 safety measures - Fall 2020
In the past, we would have hosted our lessons in the Curry Dance Studios but to protect against COVID-19, we will be hosting virtual lessons starting in the Fall 2020 semester until further notice.
Beginner lessons will come in two parts:
Wednesdays @ 12PM: We will release a pre-recorded demo of the dance to our YouTube channel.
Thursdays @ 7PM: We'll have a live beginner lesson over Zoom where you can join to ask your questions and learn more about the dance!
Intermediate lessons will be a live online session and will still taught by our professional dance instructors. These lessons will occur weekly on Mondays and alternate between a Smooth/Standard lesson and Latin/Rhythm lesson every two weeks.
Mondays @ 7:30PM : for any Smooth/Standard lesson
Mondays @8PM : for any Latin/Rhythm lesson
The Northeastern Ballroom team takes part in various competitions hosted by other universities around the Boston area. These are fun, all-day events! Competitions are very newcomer-friendly, and are a good way to meet other dancers in the area and show off what you learned throughout the semester.
Do competitions sound fun, but you don't have any dance experience yet? Never fear! To prepare new dancers for competitions, the Northeastern Ballroom team provides additional workshops for those looking to compete. These workshops will built upon the beginner lessons by going over additional figures and technique, and teach proper competition etiquette. When you reach Bronze level (after your first semester of competing), you can borrow one of our club costumes to stand out on the floor. No experience or partners are required to join workshops!
We are still holding workshops right now, but they are all virtual due to COVID. Please reach out to one of the Co-Captains if you are interested!
NUBDC regularly hosts social events for our club members to spend quality time together outside of lessons and competitions. Every semester we throw a few social dances, themed parties where a new style of dance is taught, with time afterwards to mingle and free dance together. In addition, we host non-dance related bonding events to explore Boston and just have fun as a group! As a club we also engage with the larger Boston ballroom dancing community, going to the dance socials hosted by ballroom dancers from nearby colleges. Coming to these events is a great way to get to know your fellow dancers, both from Northeastern and from other schools!
Right now, all of our socials are virtual. We will typically hold our virtual socials over Zoom on Friday nights at 7 PM, and they include catch-up time followed by a fun activity like a movie night or games. Watch for updates from us about upcoming socials!
If you can't get enough of dance, we also have a performance team! We perform at events like Dance4Me and the Relay for Life at Northeastern, as well as at some of our socials.
When we have an upcoming performance, a group of dancers will be formed and be taught choreography at performance team rehearsals. Depending on the level of interest from our dancers, more than one team may be formed so we can accommodate dancers of all skill levels in our performance team!
If you're interested in joining, contact the club!