Ballroom Dancing in Baton Rouge


                                                                         Parties Just Ahead

Ric Seeling Studio hosts public dance parties on Fridays, Feb. 7, 14, 21,  8:00-10:00, $7/person.   Teen Night party will be on Feb. 8, 7:00-9:00 .   

Saturday Night Ballroom offers first-Saturday dance party  Mar. 77:00-10:00.   Exhibition dances.  $10/person.   Active professional dance teachers admitted free.  Venue:  American Legion Post 38.  Next party:  Apr.  4.

Tango Lagniappe offers a Milonga Feb 15, 8:30-11:30, at Jeffie Jean Studio, 11600 S. Harrell's Ferry Road. $ 10/person.

BREC hosts a tea dance on Tuesdays at BREC building on Florida and Ardenwood, 11:30 am to 3:00  pm, $5/person.  

Competitions and Showcases

Ric Seeling's Spring Team Match will be held Mar. 27-28. Open to all levels, age groups, and dance categories, including Am/Am and Pro/Am couples.  Certified professional judges.  Contact studio for entry forms, fees, schedule, and all details.

Louisiana DanceSport sponsors a benefit dance on Sunday, March 29 at Jefferson Orleans, 1:30-4:30 pm. Proceeds to support the 2020 Gumbo Championships (see below).  Heavy hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, exhibition dances, and pay-to-dance events. Admission $  20.  For tickets contact Diana Lovell at 225-324-9830 or

2020 USA Dance Gumbo DanceSport Championships will be held July 10-12 at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel, New Orleans.  This year's top events will include the WDSF Senior II Ten Dance World Championship.  Rules and entry forms will soon be available online at and at  This will be the 21st "Gumbo" sponsored by Louisiana DanceSport and sanctioned by USA Dance.  All ballroom dancers in Louisiana are urged to support the Gumbo by entering the competition, or volunteering to assist in hosting duties, and by contributing sponsorship funds (which are tax-deductible as charitable donations).  Ann Durocher is president of Louisiana DanceSport, and Baton Rouge board members are Sterling Sightler and David Grashot.  

  Bernadette and Joey Tanksley won honors at the 2019 Gumbo of Ballroom Championships, competing in American Style, Silver Level events.  Photo by Bogdan Oporowsky.