Welcome to Illini Dancesport!

If you are interested in learning ballroom dance, we are the club for you! We are always happy to welcome new team members-many of which we meet at our upcoming events! No partner or experience necessary. We look forward to meeting you!

Send an email to illinidance@gmail.com to get on our mailing list!

Upcoming events

To give people a taste of ballroom, we are hosting three free dance lessons! Two free lessons will be offered at our Fall Open House (Tuesday, August 28 |7-9pm| Illini Room A).

Following our free lessons, regular instruction with professional coach Kato Lindholm begins Tuesday, September 4. Our free lessons and regular dance schedule can be seen here.

Kato will instruct three classes: Newcomer, Bronze, and Technique. If you’re unsure about which class(es) to take, please refer to this PDF for class prerequisites.

The calendar below provides the location and times of lessons. Typically, the weekly schedule will be as follows:

  • Monday (Reviews):
    • Beginner (Newcomer) 7:00 – 8:00pm
    • Intermediate (Bronze) 8:00 – 9:00pm
    • Open space 9:00 – 11:00pm
  • Tuesday (Classes):
    • Beginner (Newcomer) 7:00 – 8:00pm
    • Intermediate (Bronze) 8:00 – 9:00pm
    • Technique 9:00 – 10:00pm
    • Open Space 10:00 – 11:00pm
  • Wednesday (Practice Space):
    • 6:00 – 11:00 pm
  • Thursday (Practice Space):
    • 6:00 – 11:00 pm


A few quick facts about the team:

  • We are a mix of students and community members (mostly students), who dance Ballroom (Standard), Smooth, Latin, and Rhythm. Collectively, these four styles of competitive partner dancing are called “DanceSport.”
  • During the semester, we offer classes in three levels — Newcomer (Pre-Bronze), Bronze, and Technique — all taught by coaches Alex Tecza and Kato Lindholm. In addition to our classes, we have regular practices and social events.
  • We also travel around the Midwest to participate in competitions with other university ballroom teams.

Interested in being on the team? Want to learn more? Please email us at illinidance@gmail.com.