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—  Join Us!  —

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” ~Helen Keller

The Harvard Ballroom Dance Team is an undergraduate organization to promote Ballroom and Latin Dancing in the Harvard community and to represent Harvard and collegiate ballroom to the larger Ballroom community through outreach and competitions.

By combining professional coaching with student teaching, Harvard Ballroom has sharpened its competitive edge. Harvard dancers do well in the Northeastern and international competitions, and has in the past held the title of national collegiate champion.

We are a fun and supportive community, holding frequent social events and creating opportunities for freshman to get to know upperclassmen. Many people find their closest friends on the team.

If you are considering joining HBDT, read on! Team members usually have no prior experience and no partner— you don’t need one either. Just bring yourself and be ready to have fun.

Our registration deadline was 9/20 for the Fall Semester. We will accept late-registrations until 9/27, after this date there is a late-fee of $10. Contact us if you are interested in registering for the team.

Rookie Program: for members with no previous ballroom experience. We teach all 19 dances including: waltz, tango, foxtrot, quickstep, viennese waltz, cha cha, rumba, jive, paso doble, swing, bolero, mambo, and samba in the American and International styles. Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursday. See calendar below for more details or contact us.

  • Rookie Pricing: $60 for the entire semester. Includes classes, access to our costume closet, subsidized competition fees, and trips to New York and Montreal.

Vet Program: for members with previous ballroom experience. We offer Standard and Latin classes including the dances: waltz, tango, foxtrot, quickstep, viennese waltz, cha cha, rumba, jive, samba, paso doble in the International Styles. See details and calendar below for specifics or contact us.

  • Latin Technique Class: 9 - 10 pm class on Mondays starting on 9/9 in Currier Dance Studio (64 Linnaean Street, Cambridge MA)

  • Silver Standard Class: 9:30 - 10:30 pm class on Wednesdays starting on 9/11 in QRAC.

Runthroughs Program: we offer runthroughs for high level dancers that are looking for practice spaces and intense routine practice. We offer runthroughs for standard, smooth, and latin. See details and calendar below for specifics or contact us.

  • Standard Runthrough: 7 - 9 pm on Sundays starting on 9/10 in MAC Gym.

  • Smooth Runthrough: 8 - 9:30 pm on Tuesdays starting on 9/10 in MAC Gym.

  • Latin Runthrough: 7:45 - 9:30 pm on Thursdays starting on 9/12 in Adams Dining Hall (26 Plympton Street Cambridge MA).


  • base fee for non-affiliates is $60, base fee for Harvard affiliates is $20.

  • first style is $95, and second style is $90.

    • drop-in fee is $15.

  • Runthroughs: if you take the class of that particular style, the runthrough is included. If not and you are an affiliate on the team, its $25 for the semester. If you are a non-affiliate on the team it is $35. If you are not on the team, the semester cost is $45.

    • Drop-ins: $10 (only applies to those who have Harvard swipe into the MAC Gym. We cannot guarantee that someone will swipe in those who drop-in.)

Registration: we have a two week trial period, during which dancers can try our classes for free. Our registration deadline for the Fall Semester is 9/20.

Financial Aid Policy: applies only to Harvard Undergraduates and is available to all team members.