Welcome to the

Manchester University

Ballroom and Latin Dance Club


Check out our ballroom recruiting flyer and the article on ballroom dancing in Manchester Magazine. Feel free to give these to current or prospective students who might be interested in MUs ballroom scene!



The club was formed in 2014 by students enrolled in PE 1054 Ballroom Dance, taught by professional instructors and competitive dancers Tony Didier and Danel Nickels-Didier (MU 98). Tony, along with the school where he teaches, Dance Tonight Fort Wayne, continue to support the development of the club. Our purpose is to promote knowledge of, and participation in, ballroom dancing at Manchester University. Ballroom dancing is typically understood to include the following styles.


Smooth (e.g., waltz, tango, foxtrot, quickstep)

Latin (e.g., cha cha, rumba, bolero, mambo, samba)

Swing (e.g., east coast swing, west coast swing, jitterbug)

Club (e.g., salsa, merengue, hustle, night club two-step)



Ongoing Activities


PE Activity Courses taught by professional instructor Tony Didier

Practice Sessions ─ informal sessions to practice material learned in classes.

Dance Outings ─ trips to public dances in the Ft. Wayne area

On-Campus Dances ─ two dances per semester open to all students, faculty and staff.




Spring 2016 Events ** indicates a club-sponsored event (others are for information)







Fall 2016

Monday & Wednesday

6:30 & 8:30

PERC 209

PE 1054 Ballroom (6:30-7:20 PM) and PE 1055 Latin (8:30-9:20 PM).

For-credit PE activity classes taught by Tony Didier; offered first half of each semester. There are slots available in the Latin class.






** Weekly




PERC 209

Open practice session all are welcome!

Thurs, 4/14 Cha Cha (Led by Cally & Brian)

Thurs, 4/21 Tango (led by Ashleigh and Roman)

** Weekly



PERC 208/209

Eboard meeting

Apr 9


7:15 Class; 8:00-11:00 Dance

Walb Ballroom, IPFW, Crescent & Coliseum, Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Dancesports monthly dance, http://www.fwdancesport.org.

$8 for class and dance. Dress is smart casual(i.e., no jeans, tennis shoes). Not an official club event.

** April 28




PERC 208/209

End of year party!

Come for snacks, informal dancing, planning for next year.

** April 16


All day

South Bend, IN

Notre Dame Dancesport Gala all are welcome to go and spectate. Lets get our juices going to compete in 2016-17! More info at http://ballroom.nd.edu/ndcomp.php.

Meet at 8:00 at the Science Center lobby and leave at 8:15. Return around 4:30. If interested, RSVP to Cally Miller or Dr J by noon Friday.

Useful Information

Club Constitution

Classes and Dances in Northeastern Indiana

Collegiate and Amateur Ballroom Competitions

Executive Board

President - Ashleigh Ridenour; Vice President - Roman Angone; Treasurer - Brian Motley; Secretary - Cally Miller; Advisor - Jim Brumbaugh-Smith (a/k/a/ Dr. J)


If you have questions about the club please contact any of the officers. If you would like to be added to our email list contact Cally Miller or Jim Brumbaugh-Smith.



Updated 4/9/16