Welcome to Palomar Ballroom

  • Dance is our passion and we want to share
    it with you.

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  • The Palomar Ballroom was founded by Steve Hughes and is the premier dance spot in the Santa Cruz County area, offering instruction in both American and International Ballroom and Latin dances for recreation or competition.

    The Ballroom also arranges regular dance parties and invites the public to its elegant ballroom that dates back to the 1930’s with its ornate architecture, reminiscent of the time when dance was the most popular social past time.

Two Locations


  • Palomar Ballroom Santa Cruz

    Santa Cruz

    1800 square feet
    The Palomar Ballroom in Santa Cruz is located at 1344 Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz. It is on the Mezzanine Level of the Palomar Inn Hotel (2nd floor) above El Palomar Restaurant. Once inside, go to the second floor, the ballroom will be on your left.


  • Palomar Ballroom Scotts Valley

    Scotts Valley

    1100 square feet
    The Palomar Ballroom in Scotts Valley is located at 4652 Scotts Valley Drive. It is on the second floor above Mint Café in the old Tree Circus Center. You can enter in the front or back of the building once you go up the stairs.

Renting the Ballroom

If you would like to rent out the ballroom in Santa Cruz or Scotts Valley for an event, please give us a call at 831.426.1221. The cost of the event depends on the number of people, the date and time of day, and the number of hours needed. The capacity of the Santa Cruz ballroom is 150 people. Due to the proximity of residents in the Palomar Inn, live music is not allowed unless it is acoustical, but DJs are welcome, or you may choose to play your own music using our audio equipment which includes a Music Machine packed full of hundreds of danceable tunes. The Scotts Valley studio is also available to rent, but has a smaller capacity.

Practicing at the Ballroom

Students are always welcome to come and practice at the ballroom, providing they do not come when there is a class in session. The studio is only open when private lessons are being taught, so please call in advance. Cost for practice is $10 per person for the day. Private lesson students who take lessons at the Palomar Ballroom pay $5 per person for the day. When you are there, please show respect for other teachers and students, and always give the teachers control of the Music Machine. Many students bring in MP3 players in order to play their own music. When you come in to practice, please pay at the desk or look for Jeremy or another teacher to pay your practice fee.

Send Us Your Suggestions

We continually strive to offer the best dance opportunities in the area and to meet the needs of our clients. If you find we are not doing so, or if you have ideas to make the Palomar Ballroom a better place, we would love to hear from you. Click here to make a suggestion.

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