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Class Schedule

Fridays: 7:30 pm & 8:20 pm
Sundays: 7:00 pm & 7:50 pm

Doors open at 6:45 pm both nights.

Special Dance Times
See monthly schedule for dates when our dance space will be closed or dances held at an alternate location.

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"Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals." - Charles Baudelaire

Balboa Park Dancers Ballroom Dance Club

San Diego, California


Balboa Park Dancers  meet weekly on Friday and Sunday nights at the historic Balboa Park Club in Balboa Park.  We provide an inspiring environment and huge hardwood dance floor for learning and improving dance skills. 


Couples and those without partners are welcome.  Lower-heeled, closed-toe and closed-heel shoes are recommended for dancing.  For more tips, check our Ballroom Etiquette page.


Each class night we teach group lessons at 3 levels of instruction, beginning, intermediate, and advanced, in one smooth or standard ballroom dance and one rhythm or Latin style, changing dances monthly; we have practice time before and after the classes. Admission costs only $4 for members, $6 for non-members, $4 for active military with ID, and $4 for full-time students with ID.  During the year, we cover ballroom dances and more:  Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Quickstep, Rumba, Samba, Cha-cha, Hustle, Viennese Waltz, Bolero, Salsa, Eastcoast and Westcoast Swing.  Our teaching generally follows the  USISTD Syllabus.

The second Friday of each month is usually a party night of social dancing and mixers with only one special lesson provided by our Host/DJ.  The entrance fee for members is free; non-members pay just $6.  Occasionally a party night may include live music or performances.  Check the schedule to see where and when we are dancing.


Dancers are encouraged to change partners during class and during general dancing sessions, so it is not necessary to arrive with a partner.   Switch out those two left feet!  Have fun, get some exercise, and meet your fellow dancers.


To receive email updates, please sign up for our free  NewsNotes  listed on the left hand side of this page.   All dancers must subscribe to receive these updates.


Annual Dance Calendar


January Viennese Waltz Nightclub Two Step
February American/International Tango Cha-Cha-Cha
March Foxtrot Salsa
April Quickstep Rumba
May Waltz Nightclub Two Step
June American/International Tango Hustle
July Foxtrot Cha-Cha-Cha
August Quickstep Bolero
September Waltz East Coast Swing
October American/International Tango Rumba
November Foxtrot Samba
December Waltz West Coast Swing


Your Board of Directors

President & Board Chair:  Tim Waldowski

Immediate Past President:  Jim Beaver

Vice President:  Carl Jeffrey

Membership Chair and Trustee: Barbara Waldowski

Secretary: Luis Leon

Treasurer - Books:  Maria Sandstrom

Treasurer - Cash:  Tammy Ying

IDA Delegate:  Dorothy Jenison

IDA Delegate:  James Wang

IDA Delegate:  James Chiu

Contact Us: President:


                      Information Line: 858-859-1926

January Schedule

We are teaching American Tango and Cha-Cha-Cha.  We have been canceled on 2/2 due to a city event and a last minute cancellation for 2/16  - remember to check our calendar for last minute changes. The monthly dance party is on 02/09 hosted by Stephen Showers.



The club now has a Facebook page.  Please visit and join to receive the latest updates.


Remember to look at the current and past calendar pages for videos of the monthly dances and music suggestions.


Lost and found

Items left in the ballroom last year are going to be given to charity if not claimed by the end of January.  If you forgot something please pick it up.


New membership for 2018 is open.  We are accepting renewals for 2018 before classes in the foyer. Click here for more information.


To receive an email announcing our monthly schedule, plus immediate notification of any cancellation or move to another building, select NewsNotes on the left hand side of this page.


Some email services will filter or block the NewsNotes messages.  If you don't receive our email at least once a month contact us to resolve the problem.


If you are a member and we don't have a current email addess you may not get  last minute notifications.


What we teach

Whether it be ballroom, latin, swing or nightclub dancing,   Balboa Park Dancers Ballroom Dance Club has something for you!

We meet twice a week, on Friday and Sunday evenings and hold two lessons per evening.  We have beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes running at the same time so yu advanced at your own pace.

Both lessons cost only $4 for members, $6 for non-members, and $4 for students and military. 

Memberships are $20 per 12 month period  (January through December), and include free admission to monthly Party Nights.

Memberships are available from our Membership Chair and our Cashiers, just inside the ballroom.  We accept cash, or checks only with approved ID.

Click HERE to see the Class Schedule of what we are teaching this month


Can performing really be addictive? Yes and no. In the medical sense, dancing and performing are definitely not addictive, but many dancers report getting a "rush" from being on stage. While dancing, the body releases endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that are responsible for positive moods. Endorphins also act like natural painkillers, so even after hours of gruelling rehearsal, dancers don't necessarily feel their aching muscles and joints when they're on stage. Once they start dancing, many people find it hard to quit because the enjoyment factor is so compelling. It's hard to find something else to take its place since few other activities make them feel so connected and alive.