Who We Are
Des Moines Ballroom has served the dancing community of Des Moines for over 30 years. It began as a cohort of amateur social dancers who got together a few times a week to practice together and has evolved to a professionally run ballroom dance studio. In 2018 the studio moved from the original location on Douglas Ave. to the Historic East Village Neighborhood.
Des Moines Ballroom is proud to provide highly-qualified, professional dance instruction. Our instructors are experienced in various styles of social dancing and we are known for our inspiring attitudes to make learning fun.
Whether you want to learn for fun, perform in shows, or compete on a national stage, we are here to help you reach your goals!
"I love watching the joy in people when they reach their goals, whether they are learning the basic, performing a routine, or competing at the highest levels."
"I enjoy helping people conquer their worst fear, and seeing them realize that no one has ever died from taking the first dance step."
"My favorite part of teaching is when a student unlocks a skill or ability they had previously considered unattainable or elusive." - Markus
Do you need to have a partner to take group classes?
Absolutely not. We welcome singles and couples to all of our group classes, and encourage a rotating partner system.
Who can take private lessons?
Anyone! We offer private lessons to individuals and couples, at all skills levels. We are here to help you reach your dance goals.
Is off street parking available?
Yes! We offer validated parking in the ramp south of our building on East 6th street.
What if I miss a class? Is there a make-up class policy?
We offer a guided practice hour on Tuesdays from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m, open to anyone who needs extra practice. A volunteer is available for assistance. In addition, each of our instructors will do their best to assist you in class, if you need help catching up.