The Big Band Dance Series

For generations, Indianapolis men and women have associated the words “The Indiana Roof” with fond memories of rustling prom dresses, swinging dance bands and romantic waltzes under twinkling Spanish skies.


In the mid 20's and into the 1950's, dancers left reality behind when they climbed the stairs to the ballroom atop the Indiana Repertory Theatre. As stars twinkled about the domed ceiling, they could forget about the Depression, the faltering businesses on the streets below and any other worries they may have had.


Teenagers swooned over singing star Julius LaRosa in concert and danced the night away at their senior proms in the ‘50s. In keeping with the Roof’s original purpose, we have kept the tradition of big bands and dancing alive by featuring several Big Band Dance events a year.


2015 Big Band Dance Series

January 25, 2015: Directors Dance Orchestra

March 29, 2015: Indy All Stars Big Band

June 7, 2015: Lonny Lynn Orchestra

August 23, 2015: Sentimental Journey Dance Band

September 20, 2015: Stardusters Orchestra

November 22, 2015: Steve Anthony Orchestra


All dances are on scheduled Sundays, from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Doors open at 4:00 p.m.) Tickets are $14.00 each. Group discounts are available on the promenade when 10 or more tickets are purchased in advance. A cash bar will be provided. Light refreshments are available for purchase at the bar(cheese and vegetable platters, snack mix and spinach artichoke dip). NO outside food or beverages are allowed. Attire is Business to Formal. Your assigned table number provides reserved seating, so advance ticket purchases are recommended. To download a seating chart and room diagram for the Big Band Dance series please click here.

Ticket Purchase Procedures

  1.     Tickets can be purchased using cash, check, money order or credit card.
  2.     All tickets are purchased on a first come basis.
  3.     Ticket prices are $14.00 each for individual seats and full tables of ten on the   
        ballroom floor.
  4.     Group discount prices of $13.00 per person are available when purchasing ten or more
        tickets on the promenade. Single Promenade tickets are $14.00 each for individual
  5.     To receive a group discount, all tickets MUST be purchased in advance.
  6.     Tickets can be placed on “Will Call,” but all tickets must be paid in advance. 
  7.     All Sales are final and non-refundable, whether purchased by phone or at the door.
  8.     Please call 317-236-1870 to purchase your tickets.

Big Band Dance Series at the Indiana Roof Ballroom

IRB Blog

   Turner Broadcasting held the event “Indy After Dark” at the Indiana Roof Ballroom Friday April 3rd during the Final Four festivities. Some of Turner’s most popular branded channels include, Carton Network, TNT, TBS, TruTV, and CNN Worldwide.

     The ballroom stage was transformed for a magnificent performance by the band Journey. After the concert, the 1,200 guests were entertained by a DJ for the remainder of the evening.  The Indiana Roof Ballroom was delighted to host this event and it was a great way to start off the Final Four weekend here in Indianapolis.  The Indiana Roof Ballroom is an impeccable location to host large corporate events, as well as weddings and receptions. Contact us for more information on hosting your own unforgettable event!

This past Wednesday, the Indiana Roof Ballroom hosted our first Group Corporate Tasting, which debuted our new Winter Menu. Setting the scene for the wonderful evening, Markeys' stage screens transported guests to another world with designs such as fireworks, seasonal leaves falling off of trees and fire. Guests were then welcomed with specialty drinks, some of the favorites being the Chai Chatta Latta and the Flying Fire, which featured a Ghost Pepper infused Bourbon.


The centerpiece of the night feautred PAMAtinis on an ice luge donated by Jose and Sons. Walking around the Ballroom, guests were able to sample different items from our Winter Menu at various food stations.



 Station One showcased entrees such as Beef Tenderloin, Steak Diane, New York Strip Loin, and Bourbon Glazed Pork Chops. Station Two featured our favorite Poultry dishes such as Chicken Piccata with Penne Pasta, Cranberry and Panko Crusted Chicken, Chicken Bruchetta with a Roasted Tomato Cream Sauce, and Black Cherry and Brie Roulade with a Cognac Demi. Station Three stole the show with a Live Action Risotto Station that was accompanied with vegetables and Duck. 



This Corporate Client tasting was a one of a kind event in which we were pleased to be the hosts and looking forward to another next season. Not only can we make your next event memorable, but the planning experience along the way will be easy and fun. Plan your next Coporate Event with us by contacting our office at 317.236.1870.


The Indiana Latino Scholarship Fund (ILSF) is a collaborative initiative founded out of the desire and need to provide talented Latino high school and college students with scholarships, enabling them to attend higher education institutions. Annually, the ILSF host a dinner to honor outstanding Indiana Latino students and raise funds for scholarships. The Indiana Roof Ballroom was honored to host the 2014 Indiana Latino Scholarship Fund dinner on July 10, 2014. The event was a great success and was able to raise over $350,000 in scholarships for Indiana Latino students. This year alone, more than 100 scholarships were awarded to 100 students. The impact that the ILSF has on students and the community is remarkable. Their efforts help to create new begginings for so many of Indiana's Latino student's. The Indiana Roof Ballroom is a proud partner and supporter of the Indiana Latino Scholarship Fund.




Butler University Dance Marathon hosted their annual celebration Gala at the Indiana Roof Ballroom on January 17, 2014. The Indiana Roof Ballroom was thrilled to take part in Butler University's fundraiser to benefit the families of Riley Childrens Hospital. The event included dinner, dancing, entertainment and a silent auction to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children. Guests were also priveleged to hear the inspiring stories from several Riley families.



The event was a smashing success!



BUDM is the largest student-led organization at Butler University. The dance marathon itself was held at Butler University the weekend prior and BUDM raised a total of $174,119.25 for the kids.


If you’re interested in hosting your own event at the Roof, contact us for more information! We hold corporate events, fundraisers, parties, and other special events! Our venue is also the perfect location for a wedding ceremony or reception.