Penn Latin & Ballroom Dance Presents


Pennsylvania Convention Center

The UPenn Classic 2016 will stay in the beautiful Pennsylvania Convention Center, located in the vibrant and historic Center City of Philadelphia!

1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215)418-4700 or 1(800)428-9000




We will be in Ballroom A in the East Concourse of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It can be accessed on the northeast corner of 12th and Arch St. From that entrance, take the escalator to the second floor. Turn right at the top of the escalator and walk down the hall until you reach the Grand Hall. There will be an escalator leading up to Ballroom A in the Grand Hall. There will be signs leading you to the Ballroom.

For those arriving via SEPTA Regional Rail, get off at Market East Station. Take the escalator up to the gallery, and turn right. Walk until you come upon another staircase. Take this to the second floor, where you will find the Grand Hall of the Convention Center. From here, just take the escalator or walk up the stair case on the opposite side of the Grand Hall to reach Ballroom A.

If you are coming via the subway, get off at 11th street, and take the exit that leads toward the Gallery, not those that lead outside. There should be a Cinnabon on your left when you emerge from the subway area; turn left at the Cinnabon. Follow the hall until you come upon a staircase. Take this up to the Grand Hall on the second floor of the Convention Center. From here, take the escalator or walk up the stair case on the opposite side of the Grand Hall to reach Ballroom A.

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Further driving directions can be found here.


Those of you reaching the Convention Center by car have two low cost options for parking. You may print out this coupon for $10 all day parking in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, or you may go to the nearby Realen Gateway Garage, located at 1540 Vine Street, which offers $ 5 all day parking without a coupon.

Pre-Competition Latin & Ballroom Dance Social

We will be hosting a pre competition social dance for visiting teams to practice, meet their hosts, and relax the night before the competition, The social will be held in the Newman Center (3720 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104), from 7:00pm - 11:00pm. Please enter through the back door.

Newman center
3720 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Feb 27, Fri
8 - 11pm

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Please enter from the back entrance on Sansom street.
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We are excited to introduce post competition workshops. This year we will hold a Smooth workshop led by Gene LaPierre, and a Latin workshop led by Russ and Katusha Wilder. The workshops will take place on Sunday the 22nd.
Gene LaPierre's workshop will begin at 11:15am, and last 45 minutes.
Russ and Katusha's workshop will begin at 12:00pm and last one hour. Each workshop costs $15 to attend, or $25 for both workshops, if you sign up in advance here .
Both Gene LaPierre and Russ and Katusha Wilder will be holding private lessons from 1:00pm until 5:30pm. Private lessons with Gene LaPierre cost $75. Priate lessons with Russ and Katusha Wilder cost $100. Please pay the instrucors directly the day of the lesson.
Reserve a 45 minute time slot for a private lesson with Gene LaPierre here .
Reserve a 45 minute time slot for a private lesson with Russ here and/or Reserve a 45 minute lesson with Katusha here
All workshops and private lessons will take place in the Hall of Flags in Houston Hall at 3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.


We will be providing limited on-campus housing with Penn Latin and Ballroom Dance members for some teams on Friday and Saturday nights. Housing is based on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you would like to request housing with Penn Latin and Ballroom Dance members on Friday and/or Saturday night(s), please contact . Housing requests can only be guaranteed if requests are made by 11:59PM on Feb 20th, 2016.

We are partnering with Home2Suit and you will be able to reserve a hotel room for $119/night on Friday and/or Saturday night(s). If you would like to book hotel rooms, please follow this link. The requests must be made by January 29th, 2016.

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