Top 10 coolest things to do as a ballroom dancer

As a ballroom dancer, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the number of fantastic new dance opportunities open to you, as well as the vibrant new life that is added to many fun events you already love!


Camp is not just for kiddos! Plan your next vacation in July and travel to Tunica, MS for an intense week of dancing! If you are an avid dance-lover, who enjoys learning fast from great instructors all day and dancing for three parties every night, making new friends and having lots of fun, then All Star Dance Camp needs to be on your calendar.
Just can’t get enough dance camp in one week? There are others for you to check out!
Dance Camp Las Vegas
Lindy Focus

The Lindy crowd had a great idea! Invite other dancers from across the nation to a special weekend of local dance scene immersion. Local dancers open their homes to host out-of-town dancers and travel together to special dance socials, classes, and other local events.
 Fleur de Lindy is our local NOLA exchange. Set in April during French Quarter Fest, it’s the perfect opportunity to swing out with local and out of town dance enthusiasts!  

Here’s a useful website for finding exchanges across the country!
A congress is another type of weekend (or longer) featuring social dancing, workshops, performances, and even competitions. Generally, congresses tend to focus on Salsa and similar dances.


If you live in the New Orleans area, you already hear live music all over the place many times per year! Everyone enjoys a live band, but as a dancer, you can now do more than just sit and listen. Bonus: musicians love when their music makes people want to get up and move. Your energy and enjoyment as you dance to live music will invigorate the musicians.

So many others! That’s NOLA for you.
Cruises always have at least 3 or 4 bands playing all over the ship, presenting nightly dance opportunities. And although you have to supply your own partner, the upside is that everyone loves to watch dancers. In fact, every time I get up to dance (even a bad dance) multiple people compliment my dance skills!
And that’s not even counting the dance cruises! Think dance camp on the ocean. 
Everybody loves watching a good dance performance. Just look at how many seasons DWTS has been running. Now that you’re a dancer, you have the opportunity to bring dancing to many local dancers in a live and personal way by performing in a showcase. It’s also a great way to perfect new choreography and technique to shine on any occasion.


Dance Opportunities are all around, if you know the right people and places. Meet up with some of the other dancers you meet at the studio and find out where they like to go dancing! Make a night of it and hang out with your dance friends at:

Mandeville Ballroom Dance Studio Parties 

– studio parties are great for practicing your moves in a relaxed low-key environment.  With playlists set for a good mix of dance-able and fun music, there is no better place to come dance without the pressure of wondering whether the person asking for a dance is looking for more than just a dance. You don’t even need liquid courage to dance, because everyone is friendly and understands that we are all on  the same progression from beginner to advanced. No partner, no problem!

Saturday Night Ballroom – On the first Saturday of each month in Baton Rouge, there is a huge dance party. Similar to the studio party, but hosted by a group of avid dancers; SNB is always fun and inclusive.

USA Dance – The Gumbo Chapter of this national organisation hosts dances in Metairie on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Also, USA Dance offers many valuable resources on competitions and other dance opportunities.

Club Silhouette

Many, Many Jazz venues on Frenchmen street in New Orleans.


Here is another interesting phenomenon that’s been gaining popularity lately. It’s basically a surprise public showcase. 🙂


Every so often, movies and TV shows are looking for skilled dancers as featured dancers or extras. It’s a pretty good way to get a few extra bucks doing something fun and then you get to say you were a featured dancer in a movie!

You’ll probably never see this one.

Astronauts Wives Club episode 10

You may catch a glimpse of me in these..