Registration is now open!

We've made a few changes to Fest this year to make it better than ever! Please review the information on this page to get up to speed on the options and limitations, then click on the link below to register.

Have a question or having trouble registering? Email us: info@upartnerdance.org.

Registration closes February 22


Pricing

  • All prices are per person unless otherwise noted.
  • All competitors receive unlimited amateur and Mixed Proficiency event entries, admission to all sessions, and a program.
  • If you are dancing only Mixed Proficiency and only as the more proficient partner, your event entries are free and you may spectate at all sessions for free.
  • If you are only dancing in one event and that event is Mixed Proficiency, your event entry and ticket to that session are free.
  • A student is anyone who is under the age of 18, has a valid college ID, or is an alumnus currently affiliated with a student group
  • Lodging with University students and/or financial assistance is available for schools that would experience financial hardship. Financial assistance is awarded on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact us at info@upartnerdance.org.

 

Adult Student
Competitors 80 40
Spectator admission to one session 10
Program 5 each
Team Match 30 per team

Limits

  • Each person may enter each event only once.
  • Each person may enter up to 2 consecutive proficiency levels per style in amateur.
  • You may only enter one level of mixed proficiency as the less proficient partner. You may enter multiple levels of mixed proficiency as a more proficient partner.
  • You may enter only one proficiency level of Jack and Jill.
  • You may not dance mixed proficiency and amateur with the same partner.
  • A note for college teams: we may make exceptions to these limitations on a case-by-case basis in order for all members of your team to dance as much as is possible. Please contact our registrar at info@upartnerdance.org for any assistance.
  • Costumes are allowed in Silver and Above. No Costumes will be allowed in Newcomer, Beginning Bronze or Advanced Bronze. This will be strictly enforced.

Available Events

Ballroom and Latin

Smooth Standard Rhythm Latin
Syllabus Events
Newcomer
  • Waltz
  • Tango
  • Foxtrot
  • Waltz
  • Foxtrot
  • Quickstep
  • Cha Cha
  • Rumba
  • Swing
  • Samba
  • Cha Cha
  • Rumba
Bronze
  • Waltz
  • Tango
  • Foxtrot
  • Waltz
  • Foxtrot
  • Quickstep
  • Cha Cha
  • Rumba
  • Swing
  • Samba
  • Cha Cha
  • Rumba
Advanced Bronze
  • Waltz
    Tango
    Foxtrot
  • Waltz
    Foxtrot
    Quickstep
  • Cha Cha
    Rumba
    Swing
  • Samba
    Cha Cha
    Rumba
Silver
  • Waltz
    Tango
    Foxtrot
  • Waltz
    Foxtrot
    Quickstep
  • Cha Cha
    Rumba
    Swing
  • Samba
    Cha Cha
    Rumba
Gold
  • Waltz
    Tango
    Foxtrot
    Viennese Waltz
  • Waltz
    Tango
    Foxtrot
    Quickstep
  • Cha Cha
    Rumba
    Swing
    Bolero
  • Samba
    Cha Cha
    Rumba
    Jive
Open Events
Novice
  • Waltz
    Tango
    Foxtrot
  • Waltz
    Foxtrot
    Quickstep
  • Cha Cha
    Rumba
    Swing
  • Samba
    Cha Cha
    Rumba
Pre-Championship
  • Waltz
    Tango
    Foxtrot
    Viennese Waltz
  • Waltz
    Tango
    Foxtrot
    Quickstep
  • Cha Cha
    Rumba
    Swing
    Bolero
  • Samba
    Cha Cha
    Rumba
    Jive
Championship
  • Waltz
    Tango
    Foxtrot
    Viennese Waltz
  • Waltz
    Tango
    Viennese Waltz
    Foxtrot
    Quickstep
  • Cha Cha
    Rumba
    Swing
    Bolero
    Mambo
  • Samba
    Cha Cha
    Rumba
    Paso Doble
    Jive
Mixed Proficiency Events
Newcomer
  • Waltz
  • Tango
  • Foxtrot
  • Waltz
  • Tango
  • Foxtrot
  • Quickstep
  • Cha Cha
  • Rumba
  • Swing
  • Samba
  • Cha Cha
  • Rumba
Advanced
  • Waltz
  • Tango
  • Foxtrot
  • Viennese Waltz
  • Waltz
  • Tango
  • Viennese Waltz
  • Foxtrot
  • Quickstep
  • Cha Cha
  • Rumba
  • Swing
  • Bolero
  • Mambo
  • Samba
  • Cha Cha
  • Rumba
  • Paso Doble
  • Jive
Jack and Jill Events
Newcomer
  • Waltz
  • Foxtrot
  • Cha Cha
  • Rumba
Bronze
  • Waltz
  • Foxtrot
  • Cha Cha
  • Rumba
Silver
  • Waltz
  • Tango
  • Foxtrot
  • Cha Cha
  • Rumba
  • Swing
Gold/Open
  • Waltz
  • Tango
  • Foxtrot
  • Cha Cha
  • Rumba
  • Swing

New this year! We are doing a trial run of full competitive Jack & Jill to determine if we will add full categories at next year's event. Please register in advance to compete in these events and choose TBA for your partner.

Strictly Dances

  • Hustle
  • Salsa
  • West Coast Swing

Team Matches

For College and High Schools only. Enter 4 couples in a team match. Each couple dances one dance. Team members competing in the first two listed dances must have competed no higher than silver in those dances. Entry is $30 per team. Mupltiple teams can enter from the same organization. Top 12 teams in each team match recieve $200 in scholarships!

American International
  • Foxtrot
    Rumba
    Tango
    Swing
  • Waltz
    Samba
    Quickstep
    Cha Cha

Exhibition Dances

Perform in the evening session with any number of dancers.

  • $250 per performance
  • Performance length is limited to 2.5 minutes
  • All performing dancers must pay for entry to the ballroom

Travel Advice

Destination

Union Depot
214 East 4th Street
Saint Paul MN 55101 (Map)

Parking

Ample paid parking is available at the event and in the surrounding downtown area.


Just a reminder:

Schedule (this may change a bit)

Saturday: Day Session

7:30 AM Welcome!
Registration opens
8:30 AM Latin Syllabus begins
9:45 AM Seminar: Jive with Gene Bersten
10:30 AM Latin Syllabus continues
11:45 AM Lunch Break
12:30 PM Smooth Syllabus begins
2:30 PM Seminar: Arm Styling with Elena Bersten
3:15 PM Smooth Syllabus continues
5:00 PM Dinner Break

Saturday: Evening Session

6:00 PM Welcome Back!
General Dancing
6:30 PM Open Rhythm, Latin, Smooth and Standard
8:00 PM Team Events
10:00 PM Good Night!

Sunday: Day Session

7:30 AM Good Morning!
Registration opens
8:00 AM Standard Syllabus begins
09:00 AM Seminar
09:45 AM Standard Syllabus continues
11:00 AM Lunch Break
12:15 PM Rhythm Syllabus begins
1:30 PM Seminar
2:15 PM Rhythm Syllabus continues
4:30 PM Strictly Dances
5:15 PM Good Evening!
See you at Minnesota Ballroom Blast On Oct 26th

Dance Fest is

a low-cost, beginner-friendly dancesport competition where:


  • Dancers and Spectators alike can enjoy an atmosphere of friendliness, comraderie, and fun unlike any competition in the Midwest
  • New Competitors can see all that dancesport has to offer in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere without breaking the bank.
  • Experienced competitors can compete against some of the nation's best dancers in all styles and levels
  • All competitors and spectators can sharpen their skills with free seminars held throughout the event