Reviews of Costa Rica Ballroom Hopkins (Dance School)

816 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343, United States

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REVIEWS OF Costa Rica Ballroom Hopkins IN Minnesota

Elise Olson

This Valentines Day, my cousin and I went to Costa Rica Ballroom for the first time. The space is unique and inviting. Eli welcomed us and we took a beginner salsa class. When the class ended, my cousin and I were pumped and ready for more. Eli invited us to stay for an intermediate class that started right after ours free of charge. We learned a full dance sequence and had a great time! The instructors were knowledgeable, positive and had a good sense of humor. We will be returning!

Kelsey Brown

My boyfriend and I just finished our first dance lesson at Costa Rica Ballroom with Rebecca and it was a great experience! She was extremely patient and professional. They make learning the steps fun! Neither of us had any prior experience and it was actually much easier to learn the basics than we anticipated. The location/ballroom is also very festive and clean. I would certainly recommend this company!

Leon Reisman

Very dedicated and professional staff. We have a personal attention all the time. We (me and my wife) started recently but we see a lot of progress and became much more confident and skillfull dancing together. Bottom line- this studio delivers results in fun environment at very reasonable rates.

Ericka Swanson

We really enjoyed our first class. We had taken lessons before with another teacher but we learned so much more in this first lesson. We will be taking many more lessons.

Peter Wagner

So happy we found them! Don't be fooled by their name, they do so much more than Latin dance. My fiancé and I took private lessons here for our upcoming first dance. Both of us had no prior experience. They taught us several different steps and helped us come up with a routine that works for us.

Alina Zhaylo

My fiance and I started with 2 private lessons for $99. We took our private lessons with Rebecca and she was great. She was patient with us and very encouraging. We learned the basics of the foxtrot, waltz, single swing, and club salsa. The Private lesson were the most beneficial to us. The group lessons reinforce and review what you learn in the private lessons and also give you an opportunity to switch partners if you want (they encourage switching but you don't have to if you don't feel comfortable). In the practice session, they turn the lights down and it is like a dance party. The instructors float around and give you tips or help you if they notice you doing something wrong. Also, at each practice session, a couple of the instructors demonstrate each of the learning levels, and they look awesome floating across the dance floor. We love Costa Rica Ballroom.

Jessie Baker

What an awesome surprise to find this amazing & beautiful dance studio in downtown Hopkins! Can't wait to learn some new moves!

Cari Rivan

Awesome dance studio - Jacki is a great teacher! Elly, the owner, is super nice. My husband and I took salsa lessons and loved it!

Dave Schleicher

Excellent private lessons, Kelli and Jacki are wonderful instructor's, so much fun while getting in great shape.

Daniel Hay

We reached out to Costa Rica ballroom to learn how to waltz for our wedding. Their 2 lessons for $99 deal is an incredible deal for the quality of instruction we received. We continued working with our instructor, Daniel, even after our wedding to learn swing. I cannot stress enough how wonderful Daniel, and the other instructors were. They are exceptional at working with beginners (I had no previous dance experience) and I highly recommend them for those wanting to learn or improve their dancing.

Ace Le

Great Customer Services, professional and friendly...Great for beginners, they help us learn our wedding dance in 12 lessons. We are super glad we did it. Absolutely Recommended.

Mrs Wicked Dragonfly

My husband and I took private lessons with Kelly. Kelly was great at identifying where we were struggling and she gently guided us through the right moves. She made the lessons enjoyable and we will definitely come back.

Kyle Olson

This place is unbelievably courteous, friendly and help full. They helped me to have a magical night with my soon to be fiancé. I couldn't be more thankful for this place!!!

Amy Holewa

My husband never thought that it could be so much fun to learn to dance! I have wanted to take dance lessons for 15 years. Finally, my husband reluctantly agreed in January to take me and we have ended up going every week. Private lessons are perfect for us. Eli is very patient, humorous, and explains using analogies that make perfect sense. I couldn't imagine trying to learn without his unique style of teaching. Friday nights have turned into Date Night for my husband and me. Our dance lesson is so fun it sets the mood for the rest of the evening.

Lora Chalich

Danielle is absolutely wonderful! She really takes the time to understand and work on weaknesses in your dance skills. She is incredibly patient and fun to work with in addition to being very knowledgeable across different styles of dance! She is very approachable for beginners, highly recommend!!

Igor Rudenko

It was awesome!!! Great surprise for the lady on our date!!!! Thank you will come again and recommend to others

Kelsey Christiansen

Love coming here! The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and have a wonderful ability to teach the art to students. The atmosphere is very inviting, beginner students, like my boyfriend and I, do not feel intimidated in the slightest. Can't wait to come back for another lesson!!


We took our first private lesson tonight and had a ton a fun! Camila was a really great instructor! I was nervous about our first lesson since i wasn't sure what to expect, but she made me feel at ease and I ended up having a great time! Thank you!

Amanda K

I love Costa Rica Ballroom! I had never taken dance lessons before so this was a completely new experience for me that got me out of my comfort zone. Eli & Rebecca are two very welcoming instructors who made me feel at ease. Even after a long/stressful/tiring day at work, I am always happy and energized when attending dance class. There are plenty of single people who attend the group lessons so don't worry about attending class alone. I would highly recommend Costa Rica Ballroom!

Alisa Benson

If you are inspired to learn dance for a special event, a great workout or because it looks like fun when you see others doing it, go to Costa Rica Ballroom. I started lessons recently after taking some group classes through the years but never retaining much. Eli is a dedicated instructor who understands that everyone learns differently. He makes learning fun and challenging, never rushing or having anything but patience for beginning students. If you are an experienced dancer looking to hone your skills this is also a great studio as Eli has an incredible background in competitive dance and choreography. He knows his stuff and he will help you achieve whatever dance goals you set for yourself. If you've thought about dancing but don't know where to start, Costa Rica Ballroom is the place.

Oleg Astakhov

These people are true experts. Very professional level of teaching and I love the studio set up. Atmosphere is fun and everybody is very friendly. If you were interested in Ballroom dancing competitively or just on a social level I highly recommend this dance studio.

Patti Eckhoff

Excellent studio for new students.

Mary Jo Sinnen

My husband and I enjoyed learning new dances with an awesome teacher. He broke it down and explained things so we understood what and why we were doing certain things. We got much more then just learning steps out of this experience and we would highly recommend taking lessons. Mary Jo and Ted

Janet Sawyer

We had a great time! Came to learn some moves for our wedding and discovered we love dancing!

Laurel McHenry

Absolutely loved our private lesson. Instructors we're very patient and encouraging. They are very personable and clearly love what they do!

Katerina Carroll

Eliecer is excellent teacher, very professional and teaches a wide variety of dances by explaining from the root of the dance. He is very helpful to all the students and makes sure everyone is happy. It fells like a family at Costa Rica, staff is very friendly, prices are low, time is convinient for any schedule. Every Sunday they have any level Latin party at 5:15PM.

Liat Browne

I have attended several classes at Costa Rica Ballroom and have found them to be both fun and informative. In particular, I've had the pleasure of participaring in group classes taught by Eliezer, the owner of the studio. He is amazingly talented yet humble in his skill level. I always walk away from his classes feeling more confident in my dance ability, and encouraged to keep learning. The staff are clearly passionate about dance, but moreso, passionate about welcoming a diversity of people into the dance community. I highly recommend this studio for all levels of dancers, especially newcomers, as there's a genuine warm welcome at this studio which can't be found elsewhere.

Alex Gaustad

Ellie, was a great instructor and I definitely learned something new about dancing and also made me feel comfortable and confident.

Carmen Gutterma

Beautiful ballroom!private lesson was great.I appreciated patience,sense of humor and technique recommendations.

B Builder

I can’t say enough great things about Costa Rica and their instructors. Kelly is a phenomenal teacher. She understands how every student learns and how to help them become a more confident and accomplished dancer. Kelly is a great coach and knows how to lead you through the learning process from the basics to becoming a competent and advanced dancer. I tried several other dance studios across the Twin Cities, and different group classes, and Costa Rica is head and shoulders above everyone else. That’s because they have the best teachers! Once you work with Kelly and the team at Costa Rica, you’ll become a student of dance for life.

Danielle Audette

Awesome staff! Eli made our experience a lot of fun! We will certainly be back in the future!

Sally Moore

I have danced here for many. many years and have thoroughly enjoyed my experience. The teachers love to teach and take the time to understand my learning style. Dancing has changed my life.

Jennifer Morcomb

My husband and I took a few private dance lessons for date night and thoroughly enjoyed our dance lessons with Eliecer. He customized each lesson to meet our ability level and was very friendly and personable. We felt so fortunate to be able to take these private lessons from such internationally successful dancers!

Mateusz Troicki

Having been taking classes with my wife for over a month and (sometimes hard to admit and definitely to my surprise) have found it incredibly fun! We tried a few other places and, although I guess they all 'teach' something, this is the only place we've been to that it's been so much fun to go. Looking forward to a long relationship!

Tommy Ellingsworth

The best dance studio in Minnesota for adult beginners. The owners our professional ballroom and Latin competitors and have specialize in studying the most effective ways to teach beginners how to dance. Absoblutely fantastic.

Andrew Iversen

We had one week to plan for our BIG wedding day and needed a professional to assist us quickly. We called Costa Rica ballroom dance studio and they were willing to help us on the short notice. Within two 45 min., dance sessions we learned a bunch of dance moves, had a great time and came up with a wedding dance that we felt so happy with!! Thanks you so much. We’ll be back...

Dan Velline

Wonderful dance studio! We are getting married in 3 weeks and Costs Rica Ballroom is helping us not crush each other’s feet before the big day. Our instructor Dani is great to work with and made our experience fun and informative. Highly recommend!!

Curt Kellett

Eli, Rebecca, Jackie, Kelli, Jonathan and Dani are amazing! They are such wonderful instructors. It's like they intuitively know what you need to help you advance your dancing.

Tony Sanchez

My last name is sanchez but I don't know how to Latin dance and I don't speak Spanish. Thanks to Costa Rica ballroom I can now hold my own on the dance floor. I still can't speak Spanish though.

Pamela Newsome-Prochniak

We have tried several studios, but found this to be the best one. Eli is an excellent instructor and knows how to explain the steps so we can actually do them! He is patient and kind. Highly recommend.

Els Olevier

Great experience! Thanks for your flexibilty in teaching us our firsts steps in the foxtrot! And much more... We really appreciated your great sense of humor as well

Anna W.

I highly recommend going to Costa Rica Ballroom! The owners, Eli and Rebecca, are absolutely fantastic. They are caring and patient instructors doing everything to make sure you are having a positive experience. Providing a safe, warm, and welcoming environment for this nervous beginner assures I will be back for more lessons and more fun.

Tom Lund

Love the studio and owners. Amazing facility.

Brian Paulsen

We contacted Eli at Costa Rica Ballroom Acedemy for a few “emergency” dance lessons for our upcoming wedding. Our instructor, Jackie was really awesome, very patient and encouraging. Everyone there is super friendly and professional. We’ll be back for more lessons in 2018! It was so much fun!! This is THE place to learn how to dance in the Twin Cities. Thanks to everyone!

Kyle Jackels

Eli is such a great teacher. My fiance and I bought a 2 class groupon for our wedding dance and we thought he was so good that we bought a third class right before the wedding. He is very patient with you even if you don't get it the first, second, or third time. If you're thinking about taking dance lessons this is the place to go.

CostaRica Teve

Costa Rica's Best Dance Instructors and Professional Dancers. Excellent with New Students

Aaron Hiltz

The team at the Costa Rica Ballroom is extremely kind and welcoming. They really put the effort in to make people new to dance feel comfortable. I was your stereotypical guy that "doesn't dance". Now I am excited to get out on the dance floor and put a huge smile on my fiancé's face.

Ruth Fisher

My husband and I took some introductory lessons with Eli. It was a great experience! We learned quite a bit and it planted a seed for wanting to know more. We were not able to purchase an additional package at this time but definitely a good intro to dancing! Eli was a wonderfully skilled dancer and a good teacher in a comfortable learning atmosphere. Would recommend this place to everyone!

Renee solari

I was TRULY impressed with this place. The instructor is the most kindhearted man and has such a passion for his work. My company hosted an event here and he was more than accommodating and attentive through the entire process. We will absolutely be hosting events in the future! I recommend Costa Rica Ballroom to everyone!!! xoxo

Brittney Best

I have danced at Costa Rica Ballroom for 2 days and I couldn't imagine anywhere else I would want to learn! I have had 0 experience in Latin dance, but Eli's patience, collaboration, and persistence has been excellent. Highly recommend!

Robert Abrahams

Great place to learn dance. Great teachers to help you grow. Thank you

Cynthia Belt

If you want to look good on the dance floor, you have to learn technique. Eli has been excellent about helping us understand the movement and subtleties of form that can help you to become a great dancer. Costa Rica Ballroom is a great place to learn, nice big dance floor and private, nonintimidating environment to individualize our lessons. Happy with the experience and recommend.

kelly Zaara

My experience was amazing! I really enjoyed the manner in which the Salsa moves and techniques were presented and explained and I highly recommend taking lessons here!

Richard Wernersbach

I have been dancing at the Costa Rica Ballroom for 9 months now. I do not think you will find a better, more friendly and professional group of instructors anywhere. They are all superb!! My instructor is Jacki. I can't say enough about this talented young lady. She has taught me at least 7 different dances and we are working on more. She has danced competition and applies all of her knowledge into her lessons. Jacki really, really cares that her students learn what she is teaching. She is fun to dance with and when you get a smile and a high 5 from her you know you did something right. I always look forward to my lessons with Jacki and I hope to have many, many more with her. Before I end my review I have to talk about Rebecca. She and her husband Eli are owners of the Costa Rica Ballroom. Rebecca and Eli dance professionally and competition. Rebecca is pure "high energy". She likes to get a hold of me during the Dance Parties held every Wednesday evening and puts me through my paces and won't let up. She is a riot to dance with and so are her Group lessons. She recently invited me to a Viennese Waltz group lesson, currently above my level, and I had so much fun the way she teaches I actually kept up (mostly) with the other dancers. A very enjoyable experience!!! By far the expert dancer at CRB is Eli.He is an excellent teacher and has so much knowledge to impart to the students he teaches you can easily see why it takes 20's of years or more to get to his level of expertise. All in all, if you want some of the finest instructors, learn to dance to any level you want, have fun and make new friends, all at the same time, YOU NEED TO GET TO THE COSTA RICA BALLROOM!!! Richard Wernersbach

Karen Johnson

Eliecer is a wonderful teacher. He is able to explain and demonstrate dance steps in a way that enables both the beginner and intermediate dancer to learn how to dance better. He teaches in a way that made it almost was effortless to learn. And so much fun; filled with joy and humor with music that inspires movement! I would come back for more dance instruction at this studio without hesitation.

Meghan Lowe

What a wonderful studio! I was given a Groupon for two lessons at this studio for my birthday from a guy friend who knew I wanted to learn how to dance and it was the best gift ever. The atmosphere of the studio was very fun, our instructor was super friendly and helpful, and overall we always left with a smile because of the fun time we had. If you are looking for a place to learn how to dance or to brush up on your moves, this is it!

Beth Maloney

My husband and I have taken many dance classes over the years with very little success. Our experience at Costa Rica Ballroom has been excellent. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and we look forward to every lesson. I highly recommend.

Sophi Rothman

The instructors are really great dancers, and great people too! Our lessons were full of laughter as we learned all the different ballroom dances. It was a really great experience.

Dirty Dancing Girl

This is by far the best studio around. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate. or advanced, you will feel comfortable here. I have taken both individual and group lessons, and highly recommend both. The instructors are very knowledgeable, and extremely talented dancers. But the best part is that they put you at ease, and also make it fun. You are having a blast, and don't even realize how much you are learning at the same time. I have been going here for a couple of months, and have met some really great people and developed nice friendships.

Lynnea Doublette

Cost Rica Ballroom offers amazing dance instruction! If you are looking to take your dance skills to the next level Costa Rica Ballroom is where you want to be!

Samatha Smith

Great dance class with Eliecer! We were just looking to learn a few moves for our first dance at our wedding and Eliecer made it so easy! Great teacher and fun. I would highly recommend this dance studio.

Kelli Meyer

Everyone at the studio is very welcoming and friendly! Eli and Rebecca are both excellent teachers who are skilled at breaking down the steps and movements so that anyone can learn them. They are also full of hilarious analogies that keep you entertained and help you remember what you are learning.

Vicki Tieszen

Eli has been fabulous! We are beginners and wanted to learn how to dance for our son's upcoming wedding. Eli has been so patient and explains everything so clearly! We really have had a great time! Sign up if you want to learn to dance - you won't be disappointed!

Olivia Pfaendtner

My mom and I found this studio right in our neighborhood and decided to try a few group lessons in the beginning because neither of us had ever taken dance lessons before. While I'm too busy to take private lessons, my mom was hooked and I don't blame her. We've take lessons with both Rebecca and Eli and think they are amazingly talented and super fun dance teachers. When I have a little more time on my hands I can't wait to take a few private lessons. I know for my mom, it has completely changed her life!

Lady Pendragon

Just went for a beginners class today with my mom and we had Jacki as our dance instructor. Truly awesome experience! Jacki is very easy to learn from, is super energetic and fun!! I highly recommend coming here to learn how to dance! Life is why not Tango through it.....

Gagan Kumar

Amazing instructor ! I took private lessons and they were totally worth it. Instructors Camila and Eliecer are very friendly and patient. They took the time to explain the dance step in detail and pointed out small details that made my dancing posture better right away. They were flexible in scheduling my class dates & times to meet my needs. Additionally, the ballroom is located in Hopkins - plenty of free parking and restaurants nearby. I would definitely recommend this training.

Shannon Lee Blanchard

My husband and I came here before our wedding to take a few private dance lessons for our first dance. We were nervous that we wouldn't be prepared enough with just a few lessons, but we were shocked at how much we could learn in such a short time! After our first lesson we couldn't stop saying "we have to take dance lessons now", it was just so much fun. We always felt very comfortable and everything was explained very well. On our wedding night we felt confident and had fun and we will definitely go back!

Kenneth Jinkins

Ellie and his wife have an awesome dance studio!! Myslef being a guy that has little experience dancing, they make it easy to understand the movements by getting to know each dancer on a personal level and creating connections between the dance being learned and your own personal strengths!! Not only that but they create a very relaxed, and non-judgemetal atmosphere that allows shy people, like my self, feel comfortable in the space and step outside there comfort zone!! No doubt a five out of five!! I will be returning to pratice for my wedding in the near future!!

Erin Warzetha

Eli is a fantastic teacher! My fiance are taking dance lessons for our upcoming wedding. Eli has been very accommodating with our schedule to ensure that we can learn our dance before the wedding. I showed him a video of a dance I had in mind and he is modifying it to adapt to our short timeline. I'm impressed with his ability to watch us dance and immediately see where we need additional guidance. Eli is funny and makes learning fun. Our lesson is always over too quickly!

Valorie Burns

Excellent instruction. I would highly recommend.

Jennifer Anderson

We haven't had our lessons yet (purchased through groupon) as we've had to reschedule a few times due to injuries or scheduling conflicts. Costa Rica has been 100% accommodating and very helpful! We look forward to our lessons.

Stephen Swanson

Best studio around, hands down. Elie is amazing! My fiance and I are beginners and tested a couple studios around the twin cities. They all felt part of the same machine, except Cost Rica Ballroom who actually took the time to understand our wants and needs instead of just taking us in a back room and asking us which multi-thousand dollar package we wanted. Then the proceeded to wow us with their teaching. Highly, highly recommend for beginners or anyone who wants to get away from a rigid approach to dancing.

Shelly Ramirez

Eli and Jackie were very welcoming and accommodating. Jackie successfully diagnosed and helped us fix many issues (that we didn't even know we were having) with our Salsa turns, etc. The lesson was enjoyable and we learned a lot. She is a great instructor and we are really excited to start lessons!

Chris Denton

This place is a hidden gem right in downtown Hopkins. Gorgeous space! Lovely and passionate as well as talented owners and teachers. You have to check it out!

April Boyer

Costa Rica Ballroom is an excellent choice if you are looking to take dance lessons. My husband and I have been dancing there for a couple of years. The teachers are extremely professional, skilled...and patient! We feel like we are a part of a very special, loving family at Costa Rica Ballroom ❤

Matt Engebretson

This studio has a great environment and a wonderful staff that really makes you feel at home. They are patient and exceptional at teaching all levels of dance and I highly recommend signing up for a lesson or going to group class to check it out. They are flexible with choices and structure while helping set goals to advance your skills. It's no mistake this studio has such a high rating. Kudos to Ele, Rebecca, Johnathon, Daniel, Kelli, and the greatest respect for my regular instructor Jacquelyn for helping me develop a passion for dance and making it fun!! Having tried several studios before joining, Costa Rica is far above the rest. Thank you all!! I'm so happy to be a part of it All the best, Matt

Tyler Chapman

I highly recommend going to Costa Rica Ballroom for lessons. We went twice and worked with Eli both times. He's friendly, entertaining, knowledgeable, and a very skilled dancer. He also does a great job explaining the moves in memorable ways. Altogether a great experience!

JS Bucklew

We love taking classes with Elie at the Costa Rica Ballroom! He is patient and fun to work with. We look forward to improving our dance moves and learning many new dances! Highly recommend!

ReNJ Rene'Roque

I really had fun withat this place with the best dancers. They came directly from Costa Rica to Minnesota to spread the Latin flavor through the dance. Thank you Eleazar and Rebecca.

Patricia Katzenmaier

Excellent studio! Very friendly people and Eliecer is a super good teacher!

Lee Ann Landstrom

Eli and Rebecca can teach to ALL levels and sorts of people. They are welcoming, patient, funny, and positive. They are so knowledgeable on HOW to teach, using analogies, insight, and adapting to individual's needs and skill level. You can't go wrong taking lessons at Costa Rica Ballroom.

Jacquelyn Tarrence

Absolutely wonderful learning environment for all levels and a contagious passion for dance from the owners. You can not find another place like this! Love CRB

Ankit Shah

The best costa Rican dance studio in Minnesota. I would highly recommend this place for anyone who is a beginner.

Fanya Lin

Excellent space and superb teaching!

Celine Johnson

Excellent Training from Eli and Rebecca. Nice to work with and very accommodating. Everybody is really nice and friendly.


I don't often write a review but I want to share my experience learning with Eli and Becky. Even though these dance champions take their art seriously, they know how to break things down to small steps that can be easily followed. Their love & passion for dancing is contagious and with them, I learned proper dancing techniques while having a great time. It is a privilege to learn from these dance teachers extraordinairre. I know I am only one out of many students who would say this. I recommend them to anyone who wants to learn to dance!

Soodi Pessian

I have personally trained and taught at CRBDS. I love the staff, love the atmosphere and truly enjoy my experience. Not only are they very professional and experts in what they do, but also very warm and caring. they take pride in their students advancement and work with each individual to create a personal plan that suits the students needs and wants. In addition to that, I love their practice parties, actually any party they have. It is always very well organize, it's fun and a lot of great dancing.

Zent Sang

Well, awesome deal to start. $99 for two private lessons. Great for beginners who doesn't know how to dance. Definitely give them a try.

D and D Beckman

So fun you don't even realize you are getting a workout too!

Anin Alvarado

Fantastic instructor and friendly atmosphere! They made us feel welcome and that anyone can learn to dance! Thank you, A & C


Costa Rica Ballroom has the right formula for teaching; Make It Fun! That is the reason I continue to return. Even if I should take a full year off, I keep coming back. Their friendly, knowledgeable, and very talented staff create the best environment for whatever your intention is for learning to dance. I enjoy both the physical and mental workout I get from their classes and intend make it life-long. Thank you everyone at Costa Rica Ballroom!

Paul Gagner

my wife and I purchased two 'beginner' lessons from Costa Rica Ballroom recently.I have to admit I was very skeptical at first.I am not a dancer.but my bride wanted to take some lessons and I was willing.We had a great time and I do not regret the experience.The owners(Eli and Rebecca) are awesome people to deal with.Eli was our instructor and took more than enough time to teach us some basic steps. He is a very patient and knowledgeable instructor.It was a lot of fun to learn the steps and loosen up as well.We will be returning in the Fall.We highly recommend Costa Rica Ballroom and the great instructors they have.If you want to get a taste of what it is like, attend one of the open dances or one of the competitions.You will not be disappointed!

Chad Tauer

Very flexible and enthusiastic. His knowledge and love for Central American Dance is a very unique exposure to Bachata and Salsa. Bring a partner!

tom Ellingsworth

My girlfriend wanted to take lessons for a really long time, but I didn't have any interest. Finally, I crumbled and let her sign us up for a Saturday lesson . It was my first time at Costa Rica Ballroom, and to my surprise we had a lot of fun. The instructors really know their stuff. I guess I will take another class...My girlfriend is thrilled.


Eliecer does a great job breaking down the steps to explain the moves. His humor and humility work well in teaching his students. This is so much fun!

Amy Hay

We started out just taking a few lessons to prepare for our wedding (last minute, naturally) last September, and just kept coming back! Daniel is a phenomenal instructor, and his metaphors are excellent (and seemingly limitless). We have a pretty decent understanding of the basics of slow waltz, a touch of single swing, and are really enjoying how well we've been able to learn triple swing most recently. I can't imagine going anywhere else to learn to dance.

Jamie Jackels

Our instructor was amazing. My fiance is not one to dance and he was having a great time at our lessons. Great instructions, he made it easy to follow and we are much more comfortable for our first dance at our wedding now. They are super great guys there, I am so glad we went here!!

John Cuzco

Great place and great people, you can't ask for more in Minnesota.

Bataclan Tango

I organized several tango parties at Costa Rica Ballroom, the owner and his wife are very easy to work with and they have been always very helpful and do the most to accommodate our needs!!! It's a great venue to hold events, wonderful floor and ambiance!


i have been a student for over a year now. Rebecca Ramirez is an excellent instructor and totally recommend Costa Rica Ballroom Dance Studios. She gave me so much confidence. They made it easy to learn.

Anh Le

Best place to learn to dance. Great location and easy parking too. I took private lessons for Salsa dancing and I had so much fun learning. Instructor Camila was a great teacher.

LH Goldish

Rebecca and Eli were terrific. They both have a delicacy and solidness in their teaching and and they're just a joy to learn from. The ballroom is also very very nice. We are getting married and our work with them has been invaluable. And very fun too!


Competent, patient :-) and fun teachers in a family like environment. Non judgementful and goal oriented teaching approach tailored to the students needs that builds confidence with each class. To me, every visit is a 30 mile trip one way, and this is the place to go. I truly enjoy my time there and look forward to every visit with Eli, Rebecca and their awesome team! (Michael)

Rebekah LaPorte

The instructors are wonderful! Very friendly, patient and helpful. I've been taking salsa lessons with my boyfriend and they are great at breaking the moves down for people at different skill levels. Camila, Eliecer and Rebecca have been great to work with!

Connie Olson

Costa Rica Ballroom performs miracles! Never did I think I could ballroom dance because I am so uncoordinated. I have always wanted to learn but thought it would be impossible even though we had tried. My husband is a good dancer and talked me into giving it lessons another try. We were lucky to discover Costa Rica Ballroom and then even luckier to have Rebecca as our instructor. She is so patient and always joyous. She encourages her students and gently corrects missteps without making me feel embarrassed. She has managed something no one else has ever done. I can now competently and confidently dance a number of dances. Now I actually even enjoy dancing. This has turned out to be a gentle, safe and extremely fun exercise for two members of the senior crowd.

Kari Shermer

Very good experience, we really enjoyed it. Things that you cannot learn online or from the video, that come from experience, they teach you. A wonderful teacher

Kasy Meyers

Costa Rica Ballroom and their caring and talented instructors have been a wonderful experience for my daughter and I. My daughter has been dancing with the for over a year now and, under their care and encouragement, has become a confident and beautiful dancer! I would recommend them to anyone who has ever dreamed of dancing! thank you Eli, Rebecca and Rachel for helping my daughter to feel confident and look great doing it!

Erico Veleza

Rebecca is my teacher, she is phenomenal, I always had a great time, I love this place. I will highly recommended is always fun. Money well invested.

Christian Dahlquist

Great studio!!

Maria Smirnov

We had a great time taking classes at the Costa Rica Ballroom ! It is conviniently located in the downtown of Hopkins, so parking is never a problem. The ballroom is spacious, the environment is very inviting . The team is young, energetic and very professional! The classes are well structured and fun, you get a lot of help and encouragement from the instructors. There are different levels of group lessons, private lessons , and every Wednesday you can put what you’ ve learned into practice during the Dance Party! We are definitely coming back!

Aaron Paetznick

An excellent experience! We needed to learn a wedding dance, and Eli was very helpful and patient with us. He helped us to come up with a routine, and refine it as we got closer to the day. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for dance classes!

Joel Hagen

My wife and I have long wanted to take dance lessons. Couldn't be happier with our first lesson from Costa Rica Ballroom. For beginners like us, the space and instructor were exactly what we needed to take those first steps. We had practiced four basic dances by the end of the lesson and are looking forward to our next visit.

Andrea D'onore

What an amazing, encouraging staff! They are truly interested in providing a comfortable, unintimidating and supportive environment for beginners, while expertly evaluating and challenging the more experienced dancer. I have received such a warm welcome to this unique studio, and would recommend them for anyone who wants to learn or advance their dancing skills.

Lorn Becherer

Jackie is so patient and full of energy that she makes it fun.

Djenane Saint juste

Dancing at the Costa Rica Ballroom brings you to the next level! Amazing teachers, pleasant environment, and lots of fun...

Cafe Bailar Dance Club

Costa Rica Ballroom is a lovely studio for our group of social dancers to get together and just dance twice a month. Eliecer and his wife, Rebecca, are the owners of CRB and are consistently helpful and accommodating to our needs. The dance floor and sound system are excellent, and we really appreciate their investment in the greatly improved air conditioning in this historic old building in downtown Hopkins. Both Eliecer and Rebecca have put a lot of work into making the atmosphere of their studio into an enjoyable and comfortable place to dance.

fdsgs fdsgs

Great Instructors, even though I was a super slow learner they taught me very well at my own pace. They knew exactly what I needed. This is hands down the best studio in the mid west!

Dre Jefferson

Wonderful lesson with great instructions. My fiance and I had a great time and will definitely be going back

Caroline Ellingboe Shields

My cousin and I went on Valentine's day for the first time, we went to a beginner class and ended up staying for the intermediate class following right after because we enjoyed it so much! The level of expertise was definitely clear, and the instruction was encouraging and professional! I would definitely come back, I'm interested in using the punch card and bringing my fiancé, too! :)

Lisa Lang

Eliecer and Rebecca are excellent instructors with many years of teaching experience. Great private lessons and group classes. They keep it fun!

A Thurmer

The instructors are AMAZING !! Extremely friendly and caring. I really thought, there is no way I can do the Salsa... My mom has taught ballroom dancing for over 15years in Hawaii...I couldn't even learn at her classes. Rebecca & Eliecer got my feet dancing & moving. I don't want to stop :) No matter what level of dancer you are (I am a not a ballroom dancer). They make me want to dance more!! Such a diverse group of people when we go out dancing together. I love that they have events for everyone to meet up and dance all night. Long story short... Super great instructors working with you & your own pace. When I told my mom that I do Salsa, she couldn't believe it !!! :) If you are timid, but interested to learn ballroom dancing this is the best place

Steve Lee

Whether it's competition dance or social dancing you want, Eli has been there and done it. A knowledgeable professional for all your dancing needs.

Janet Triplett

I have taken private lessons,group lessons and dance parties at Costa Rica Ballroom (formerly ERV) for six years and highly recommend it for dancers at any level. I have great respect for the high quality of teaching they provide and the careful attention they show to each student's individual needs. They have thorough knowledge of all dance styles, and most importantly, they make learning to dance FUN!

James Olsen

Eliecer was outstanding in preparing me and my now wife for our wedding dance! He is an excellent teacher, with patience, class, and style - highly recommend!

Holly Bird

My hubby and I were looking to put together a couple dance moves for our first dance at our wedding and turned to Costa Rica Ballroom. We had so much fun and learned a whole dance for our song. Eli and his team helped us along and gave us great tips to groom our skills and not look like fools on the dance floor. We would definitely recommend them to any couple looking to learn and have a good time.

Adam Azra'el

Walked in with no previous experience and no clue what to expect....five minutes later, we were already on the floor and we’ve been back every week since. Fantastic teachers, great space, and no confusing price/class sheets to try and navigate....Eli went through everything with us as we did our paperwork, which took about two minutes. Couldn’t be happier!

Eramist Haskins

The instructors for my class- Dani and Jonathan, were very gentle and fluid, guiding me every step of the way through what could easily be considered the single greatest salsa dancing experience of my entire life. Could have used more eye contact.

Lawrence Bot

This is a fabulous place! The staff is fantastic - very professional and talented; excellent teachers. You have fun while you are learning!

Arthur Murray Santa Rosa

Eliecer and Rebecca are the absolute best. You will learn to dance and be very entertained in the process

Keith Fransen

The people here are amazing, I've truly had a fantastic experience working with them.

Kat M

I have taken a variety of classes at Costa Rica Ballroom including private lessons, beginning group classes, and intermediate/advanced group classes. All of Costa Rica Ballroom's instructors are knowledgeable and welcoming, and the instructors effectively break down new skills, steps, and techniques in fun and engaging ways. My time at Costa Rica Ballroom is the highlight of my week. Stop in and take a class - you won't be disappointed!

gurnam singh

My wife and I really enjoy learning to dance at Costa Rica Ballroom. Money well invested. I recommended

Kristina Androsenko

Awesome beautiful ballroom! Rebecca and Eli are absolutely wonderful caring people and amazing dance experts!

Parker Hanson

Senor Ramirez is a great insructor and all-great guy. You will have an awesome time!

Kente Johnson

I went my first day and was very nervous but the staff was really nice and helpful. When we first started I was getting the hang of it but start having trouble later on. As the instructor seen me and other people messing up he took time to help all of us so we can do it right. It was really fun and I would recommend it to everyone who wants to try it. I will also be going back to take more classes.

Robert Smalling

Eli was very professional and fun with our group. He taught our introductory salsa lesson with such patience and friendliness even though he has probably taught the same steps hundreds (if not thousands) of time before. Highly recommended!

Emily Iannazzo

We took beginner lessons as a fun date night idea. Jackie was fantastic! We were nervous at first, but it was a very enjoyable and welcoming environment. She made all the dances fun and easy to learn. I would highly recommend trying out lessons here!

Katie N

Eli and Rebecca are wonderful! We had so much fun learning to Waltz for our first dance for our wedding. It was a great activity to relieve some wedding stress and fun to learn as a couple. Would highly recommend! We also took group classes from Rebecca which was great as I was able to foxtrot with my Dad for our dance as well! Win-win. We hope to take more lessons soon!

Grant Rostad

Everything about this place is fantastic. I do recommend Costa Rica Ballroom as a great place to learn to dance. They have group lessons and private lessons. The private lessons are awesome and help you learn faster and better. I'm happy with the experience here.

William Eckhoff

Absolutely love this place. My wife and I had the time of our life at Costa Rica Ballroom. Absolutely recommend.

Deb Grand

After many years of my husband being nervous about taking lessons, our daughter gave us a gift certificate and we met with Eli. Eli was wonderful and made us feel very welcome. After our first two lessons, my husband now wants to continue as he (and I) very much enjoyed our time with Eli!!

Nathaniel Kranz

We started our dance lesson here through Groupon as a christmas gift for my girlfriend. I don't enjoy dancing much at all but after going here and learning a few different styles of dancing I can say I won't be afraid to get out on the dance floor. Our instructor was super friend and very encouraging. They are flexible on scheduling and were able to meet our busy schedule. We are definitely planning on going back for more lessons in the near future!

Piyali Guhathakurta

I really enjoy all my dance lessons here. Eli and Rebecca are amazing teachers and great dancers. Very welcoming environment. Highly recommended.

Lakshmi Rajaram

My first foray into Latin dancing and Eli made it seem like a breeze. He is a great instructor who adapts to the skill level of each student. Would definitely recommend Costa Rica Ballroom to anyone who is passionate about dance and wants to learn from one of the best! Thank you for a great all round experience.

Sneha Gorinkala

My hubby and I had an amazing time while dancing to Indian tune and we ticked the tango, cha-cha and salsa for the Indian tunes. How cool is that. Eli makes it easier for newbies to adapt and work with. It's been a breeze to learn and a blast while at it. Thank you Eli, you are awesome. we sure will try to be back if we stick around.

Mike Schmidt

Great place. Good atmosphere.

Luis Fernandez

I was born with two left feet and after 12 private sessions, I am ready to go dance some Salsa. I truly recommend them, Eli and Rebecca take their time and are very patient to take you from a beginner and help you progress at your own pace. I never felt rushed and took their time to teach me in a manner that made it work for me.

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