Our deepest gratitude to the many sponsors whose generous contributions help make Star of the North Ballroom Dance Critique Event possible.

Star of the North Ballroom Dance Critique Event is organized by the University of Minnesota Ballroom Dance Club

Nic Westlake Memorial Fund
Nic was fiercely passionate about ballroom dancing, and fiercely passionate about sharing it with others. He contributed countless hours and resources to U Partner Dance which makes learning and competition opportunities available to new dancers. We hope his devotion can help others contribute to this effective organization and ensure his support of ballroom dance in Minnesota continues.

A nonprofit dedicated to investing in the future of ballroom dance in the Upper Midwest and nationwide.
U Partner Dance provides:
Initiatives focused on increasing involvement with ballroom dance.
Low-stress opportunities for dancers to participate in DanceSport.
Funding and logistical support to organizations promoting ballroom dance in their area.
Fully tax-deductible opportunities to contribute to ballroom dance.

A low-cost, beginner-friendly DanceSport competition where:
New competitors can see what DanceSport is about in a local, friendly environment without breaking the bank.
Spectators can enjoy the beautiful dancing and spectator-sport atmosphere of the competition, particularly during the evening show.
Experienced competitors can compete against some of the nation’s best dancers in all styles and involve their local coaches for real-time feedback.

A publication to engage the dance community. Learn. Discuss. Contribute. Enjoy.

Star of the North Ballroom Dance Critique Event

low-stress, feedback-based, and designed to:

  • Provide social dancers and competitors alike with meaningful feedback from professionals they might not otherwise have access to
  • Introduce beginners to the general format of a competition in a low-chaos environment
  • Provide a preparatory event for those looking to compete
  • Allow couples to experiment with new choreography and costuming