About the Competition 2018-07-17T21:00:10+00:00

About the Competition

The 12th Annual Big Apple Dancesport Challenge will be held on December 1-2, 2018. **Early registration is now open through Sunday, October 21, 2018! The link to register is here: Register.**

The Big Apple Dancesport Challenge (BADC) is the largest collegiate competition in New York City, and one of the largest on the East Coast. Hosted by the Columbia University Ballroom Dance Club since 2007, it is open to dancers of all styles, levels and ages!

The 1.5 day competition is held in Lerner Hall at Columbia University, and the competition features a professional showcase performance on Saturday evening.

Keep checking our website for updates on registration and other announcements! Looking forward to seeing you in December!

The BADC Board

The Big Apple Dancesport Challenge is organized entirely by a select board of students from the Columbia University Ballroom Dance Club, without whom this event would not be possible. Meet the BADC 2017 Board:

Venue and Directions

Alfred Lerner Hall

Alfred Lerner Hall is located at 2920 Broadway, NY 10027 (115th Street and Broadway). The competition will be held in Roone Arledge Auditorium, on the 1st floor, accessible through the Broadway entrance. A specialty dance floor will be installed to enhance your dancing experience.

  • Cafe East – sushi and bubble tea (campus side of Lerner Hall, on the 2nd floor)
  • Dig Inn – farm to table food to go (east side of Broadway between 112th and 113th St)
  • Starbucks (across Broadway from Lerner Hall)
  • Sweetgreen – salads (across Broadway from Lerner Hall)
  • Shake Shack (west side of Broadway, at 116th St)
  • Chipotle (west side of Broadway between 110th and 111th St)
  • Five Guys (west side of Broadway between 110th and 111th St)
  • Morton Williams – supermarket with hot food (across Broadway from Lerner Hall)
  • M2M – Asian supermarket with hot food (across Broadway from Lerner Hall)
  • Junzi Kitchen – Chinese to go (east side of Broadway between 112th and 113th St)
  • Amir’s – chicken specialists (west side of Broadway between 113th and 114th St)
  • Nussbaum & Wu – bakery/cafe (west side of Broadway at 113th St)
  • Community – American (west side of Broadway between 112th and 113th St)
  • Le Monde – French (west side of Broadway between 112th and 113th St)
  • The Mill – Korean (west side of Broadway between 112th and 113th St)
  • Koronet’s – giant pizza (east side of Broadway between 110th and 111th St)


**Drivers should note that in New York City right turns at red lights are illegal unless traffic signs state otherwise.

From the North
Take the New York Thruway (I-87) or the New England Thruway (I-95) south to the Cross Bronx Expressway (I-95) in the direction of the George Washington Bridge. Take the exit for the Henry Hudson Parkway south (the last exit before the bridge). Exit the Parkway at West 95th Street and Riverside Drive and follow the directions “From Riverside Drive and 95th Street,” below.

From the South or West
Take the New Jersey Turnpike north or I-80 east to the George Washington Bridge. As you cross the bridge, take the exit for the Henry Hudson Parkway south. Exit the Parkway at West 95th Street and Riverside Drive and follow the directions “From Riverside Drive and 95th Street,” below.

From Long Island 
Take the Long Island Expressway or the Grand Central Parkway west to the Cross Island Parkway north. Cross the Throgs Neck Bridge onto the Cross Bronx Expressway (I-95 south) and proceed as in “By Car from the North,” above.

From Riverside Drive and W. 95th Street
Go north on Riverside Drive to 116th Street. Turn right and go two blocks to Broadway and the University’s main gate. Please note that the main gate is not open to traffic. Alfred Lerner Hall is located one block south at 115th Street.

Trains to New York arrive at Grand Central Station or Pennsylvania Station, while buses stop at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Visitors arriving at these stations can take either public transportation (the subway is most convenient) or a taxi north to the campus. Read the “By Public Transportation” section to learn more about subway and bus routes to Columbia.

Bus: Five bus lines (M4, M5, M11, M60, M104) stop near Columbia University. The M60 bus is a direct link between campus and LaGuardia Airport.

Subway: The #1 local train stops at 116th Street, which is the subway stop for Columbia University. Do not use express trains #2 and #3, which follow a different route and do not stop at Columbia University; if you do, be certain to transfer at 96th Street to the #1 local train.

The maps page on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority website has PDF versions of all Subway and Bus maps.

From LaGuardia: Take the Grand Central Parkway west to the Triborough Bridge, to Manhattan. Follow 125th Street across Manhattan 12 blocks to Broadway, which is under an elevated subway structure. Turn left onto Broadway and go south to 116th Street. The bus M60 will take you from LaGuardia to Columbia, and a cab ride will be around $25.

From JFK: Take the Van Wyck Expressway (I-678) to the Whitestone Bridge and across. Get onto I-95 south and follow the directions under “By Car from the North,” above. A cab ride is $45 flat.

From Newark: Follow directions under “By Car from the South or West,” above. There are shuttle buses that run every 15 minutes to Grand Central. There you can walk one avenue east to Broadway to take the #1 train uptown to 116th. There are also NJ Transit trains that stop at Penn Station, where you can also take the #1 train uptown.

Professional Showcase

We are so thrilled to present the BADC 2017 show couple, Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk! They will be performing a wonderful showcase on the evening of Saturday, Dec 2nd at BADC 2017.

Marat and Alina started dancing together in 1999. Their incredible list of accomplishments includes their titles as Blackpool Professional Rising Star champions, three-time World Amateur 10-dance champions, two-time World Cup champions, and finalists in the UK Open, International, and World Championships. Most recently — on their last night before retiring from competition — they became Blackpool Professional Standard finalists.

You won’t want to miss this incredible performance! TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10221486

*Front Row and VIP tickets get access to reserved front row seating.
**VIP ticket holders get to meet Marat and Alina after the show!

Get Involved

There are many other ways to get involved with BADC besides competing. The BADC Board welcomes anyone who would like to contribute to the competition, and here are some of the ways we have collaborated with the broader ballroom community in the past. Read on to find out how you can get involved and who to contact for more information!

Between paying for the performance, judges, and renting a floor, the costs for BADC run into thousands of dollars. That said, we are offering the opportunity for alumni, parents, and friends to give back by becoming sponsors of the Big Apple Dancesport Challenge. Becoming a sponsor also allows businesses to advertise to hundreds of students, competitors and spectators and associate their brand with the world of competitive ballroom dance. Contact badc.columbia@gmail.com if you are interested in sponsoring BADC 2017.

An event as large as BADC requires a lot of coordination and manpower. Every year, members and affiliates of our club are essential to the success of our home competition! Volunteering provides you with a behind-the-scenes experience of a collegiate competition, as well as unique opportunities to make connections within the ballroom community. To show our appreciation to our volunteers, each of them receives a free ticket to our evening professional showcase.

**Important note: all members of the CU Ballroom mentorship program are required to volunteer for at least two shifts. If you have any questions about this, please email badc.h.columbia@gmail.com.

Our day sessions are entirely free and open to the public. All spectators can access the building through the Broadway-side entrance to Lerner Hall, and are welcome to watch the competition. Cheering from our spectators creates an electrifying atmosphere for the dancers on the floor, and we highly encourage everyone to support our competitors and invite anyone you know who might be interested in ballroom!

You can also purchase tickets to enjoy our evening showcase. They will be sold through the Ticket & Information Center (TIC) in Lerner Hall.