What is the attire for the dances?

Most BDT dances are either Formal or After Five. Guests are encouraged to dress according to the monthly theme which is posted on the Events page.

  • Formal/Black Tie – Women wear long dresses or dressy evening separates. Men wear tuxedos or suits.
  • Black Tie Optional – Women wear cocktail dresses, long dresses, or dressy evening separates. Men have the option of wearing a tuxedo or a dark suit.
  • After Five/Semi-Formal – A cocktail dress or dressy evening separates for her and a dark suit for him.
  • Dressy Casual – A dress or dressy separates for her and a nice pair of slacks and shirt for him. No jeans or shorts.
  • Informal/Casual – Casual dress. (Usually not appropriate for a BDT event unless specified as part of the monthly theme.)
  • Costume – An appropriate outfit or a disguise worn on Mardi Gras, Halloween, or similar occasions.


Is there a lesson?

A lesson is offered at 7:00 PM with general dancing from 8:00 to 11:00 PM.


I am a single person. Will I have someone to dance with?

Yes, BDT provides Dance Hosts for general dancing and most dancers rotate partners throughout the evening.


Do I have to be a USA Dance member to attend?

No, we welcome all dancers. Please be our guest!


What do I get for my USA Dance membership?

Locally, you get a discount on entrance fee to our dance events. Nationally you receive access to USA Dance events at a discounted rate and a subscription to the USA Dance magazine, American Dancers Magazine.


What kind of dances are considered ballroom style?

American Smooth – Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz
American Rhythm – Cha Cha, East Coast Swing, Rumba, Mambo, Bolero

International Smooth – Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep
International Rhythm – Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble, Jive

Nightclub – Hustle, Salsa, Merengue, West Coast Swing, Nightclub Two Step