Minnesota Ballroom Blast is organized by the University of Minnesota Ballroom Dance Club

Face masks are not required in any University space unless officially designated by the University as a "masks required" space. Minnesota Ballroom Blast is not held in a "mask required" space. The University expects all community members to respect those who choose to wear a mask, as well as those who choose not to wear one. For additional information regarding the University of Minnesota's COVID-19 response, please visit https://safe-campus.umn.edu/return-campus/university-planning-response.


October 29, 2022
(That's a Saturday)


St. Paul Student Center
2017 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108


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Schedule (this may change a bit)

Day Session

8:00 A.M. Good Morning! Registration Opens
9:00 A.M. Latin Starts
10:15 A.M. Rhythm Starts
12:30 A.M. Magnificent Mambo with Kate Bratt
1:00 P.M. Terrific Tango with Neli Petkova
1:30 P.M. Standard Starts
3:00 P.M. Smooth Starts
5:00 P.M. Dinner Break

Evening Session

6:30 P.M. Halloween Bash featuring a fabulous Evening Show and exciting Costume Contest sponsored by the Nicholas R. Westlake Memorial Fund
9:30 P.M. Good Night! We hope to see you tomorrow at the Level Up Dance Seminar!

Here's What to Expect:

All day, dancers perform ballroom and latin dances in the format of a dance competition and receive feedback from experienced ballroom professionals.


Minnesota Ballroom Blast is made possible by the hard work of dozens of volunteers. If you want to contribute your time and skills to help make Minnesota Ballroom Blast awesome, fill out this form and we'll help you get involved!

Costumes Encouraged!

Come to the evening session of Minnesota Ballroom Blast and enjoy a wonderful evening of social dancing. In addition to the opportunity to dance with many participants from around the Upper Midwest, there will be food, games, merriment, and a showcase of national championship-level talent. To top off a wonderful evening, a costume contest will be held with prizes in various categories. Don't miss out!

Tickets are available for $5 at the door the day of the event.

Minnesota Ballroom Blast is

low-stress, feedback-based, and designed to:

  • Provide social dancers and competitors alike with meaningful feedback from professionals they might not otherwise have access to
  • Introduce beginners to the general format of a competition in a low-chaos environment
  • Provide a preparatory event for those looking to compete
  • Allow couples to experiment with new choreography and costuming