Ballroom Dancing in Baton Rouge


                                                                         Parties Just Ahead

Ric Seeling Studio hosts New Years Eve party with favors, champagne, covered dishes, and reserved seating. $20/person. See front desk for details. Public dance parties continue every Friday, Jan. 3 , 10, 17, and 24,   8:00-10:00, $7/person.   Teen Night party will be on Jan. 11, 7:00-9:00 .  

Baton Rouge Ballroom Dance Camp will host a social dance Jan. 18 at Jeffie Jean Studio, 7:30-10:30.  Open to the public at $10/person.  The party includes a Jack & Jill competition, $5 per person entry fee.  All income from the Dance Camp and the social dance will benefit the 2020 Gumbo Championships (see below). 


Saturday Night Ballroom offers first-Saturday dance party  Jan. 4,  7:00-10:00.   Exhibition dances.  $10/person.   Active professional dance teachers admitted free.  Venue:  American Legion Post 38.  Next party:  Feb. 1.

LSU Ballroom Club co-hosts with Baton Rouge Ballroom Club a dance party on Jan. 11,  7:00 - 9:00 at Cotillion Ballroom, LSU Student Union. 

Free and open to the public.

Tango Lagniappe offers a Milonga Jan. 11, 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

2020 Baton Rouge Ballroom Dance Camp will be held January 18 at Jeffie Jean Studio, all day starting 10:00 am.  Camp includes 7 workshops with variety of teachers, lunch, and social dance party at 7:30 pm.  Workshop topics include American waltz, foxtrot, tango, cha cha, rumba, salsa, and west coast swing. Admission to all workshops, lunch, and party for $100.  Partial programs also available for reduced prices. The camp is sponsored by Louisiana DanceSport  as a fundraising event for the benefit of the 2020 Gumbo DanceSport Championships.  For information and registration contact Sterling Sightler at, or by phone at 225-205-8573.  

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.