The competition will run for two days, Saturday March 4th and Sunday March 5th, 2017.

Open level events for all styles will run on Saturday March 4th afternoon. Open level finals will run during the Hanlon-Ford Gala.

Novice level Standard and Latin will run on Saturday, March 4th afternoon with the preliminary Open level events. Novice finals will occur before the Hanlon-Ford Gala. 

The other parts of the following schedule are tentative and are subject to change. 

Friday March 3rd

7-9pm: Early Check-in at Northwest Building

Saturday March 4th

7:00am: Doors open

8:00am-10:45am: Smooth

11:00am-3:30pm: Standard

4:00pm-6:00pm: Open Preliminary Rounds* and Formation Teams

7:00pm-11:00pm: Hanlon-Ford Gala**

* Open Prelims will run Latin first, then Formation Team dances, then Standard. Pre-champ and Champ level straight finals will run in the Gala only. 

**The order of Open final rounds for the Hanlon-Ford Gala are Rhythm, Standard, Smooth, then Latin.

Sunday March 5th

8:00am-11:00am: Rhythm

11:30am-4:30pm: Latin



  Latin Rhythm Standard Smooth
Newcomer R Sw W F
Bronze C, R, S, J C, R, Sw W, T, F, Q W, T, F
Silver C/R, S/J, PD C/R, Sw/M, B W/Q, T/F, Vw W/T, F, Vw
Gold C/R, S/J, PD C/R/Sw, M/B W/Q, T/F, Vw W/T, F/Vw
Novice C/S/R/J     ----- W/T/F/Q     -----
PreChamp C/S/R/J, P C/R/Sw/M, B W/T/F/Q, Vw W/T/F/Vw
Champ C/S/R/J/P C/R/Sw/B/M W/T/Vw/F/Q  W/T/F/Vw

*For Rhythm and Smooth, the prechamp and champ level might be merged into a single Open event depending on the number of couples registered.

Formation Team Competition

We are excited to announce the third Harvard Invitational Formation Team competition! The winning formation team will perform at the Hanlon-Ford Gala on Saturday, March 4th.

Team composition

  • each team needs to be composed of minimum 4 couples (max 10) plus 4 optional substitutes,
  • all members of the team have to be registered competitors at Harvard Invitational (except for substitutes),
  • same-sex partnerships are allowed, registered professional dancers are not allowed to take part in the team.



  • all four International and American styles and medleys of these are allowed,
  • the maximum performance length is 5 minutes.
  • the final music needs to be sent to the organizers by February 24th.



  • there will be an administrative fee of $100 per team
  • teams can be affiliated to a school or studio (but not have to do to be),
  • to register your formation team, email, with the full team roster,
  • The registration fee can be paid by check upon arrival at the competition.

For any enquiries email Ray Salazar


Find a TBA

A Facebook TBA page is available here. Please use this page to find a TBA partner before the competition!

Harvard Ballroom Dance Team is happy to announce that the 27th Annual Harvard Invitational Ballroom Dance Competition will be held on March 31st and April 1st, in the Northwest Building. The venue is at 52 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA.

Please navigate to the new Harvard Invitational site for details and registration.

Full competition website here:

Link to registration here: