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.


We have 1 more dance for the 2016 Season!

November 20, 2016: Steve Anthony Orchestra



*2017* Big Band Dance Series

January 29, 2017: Starlighters Big Band

March 26, 2017: Indy All Stars Big Band

June 25, 2017: Lonny Lynn Orchestra

August 27, 2017: Sentimental Journey Dance Band

October 1, 2017: Stardusters Orchestra

November 19, 2017: 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 seats.
  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

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The 2016 Indianapolis 500 was one to remember! Race weekend’s most exclusive party, the KeyBank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball, was held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. To help celebrate the 100th running of the Indy 500, the theme was Spectacle: A Night Circus Celebrating the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.


Guests arrived on the televised red carpet before enjoying entertainment from cirque-style performers and Walk Off the Earth, a platinum-selling group. 
































































































































































Interested in hosting your event at the Indiana Roof Ballroom? Contact us for more information: 317-236-1870 


(Photos by: Jody Spangler DeFord, Zach Hartley, 500 Festival) 


Jake & Kristen had their wedding reception at the Indiana Roof Ballroom! The theme was "Best Day Ever", which was perfect for the occasion. It was such a gorgeous night, filled with happy tears, laughter, and dancing. 


Ceremony: St. Mary's Catholic Church

Reception: Indiana Roof Ballroom

Wedding Coordination: Jessica Dum Wedding Coordination

Photographer: Pabst Photography

Florist: Isibeal Studio

Videographer: Northernlight Filmworks

Cake: Classic Cakes

Wedding Rentals: A Classic Party Rentals

DJ: Jim Cerone


Congratulations to the happy couple! 



We LOVE this naked wedding cake! Such a fun trend. 


It really was the Best Day Ever for Jake & Kristen! Congratulations & thanks for celebrating your big day with us! 


Vanessa & Dusty had their wedding reception at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, and it was amazing! The photos by Jessica Strickland Photography show that everyone had a great time! 


The Roof offers many unique options for brides, and these wedding photos showcase our customization, the unique decor, bouquet toss, sparkler exit, and more. Our staff is here to help create your dream wedding. 



Ceremony: St. John's Catholic Church

Reception: Indiana Roof Ballroom

Cake: Classic Cakes

DJ: Jim Cerone, Master of Ceremonies 

Photography: Jessica Strickland Photography

Transportation: Indy Trolley



































































































































































































































































































































































































































Interested in having your wedding or event at the Indiana Roof Ballroom? Contact us! 317-236-1870 




The Indiana Roof Ballroom replicates a quaint, European Village and offers many unique features. 


Here are some items we offer to enhance the look of your event: 


1. 3 crystal chandeliers that can be hung from a truss in the center of the ballroom


2. We now offer for rent, a white, pintuck loveseat couch for the bride & groom to sit on at the end of the head table 


3. Floral arrangements are an important aspect of wedding receptions, and McNamara Florist creates amazing designs (shown below) 



4. Banquet-style seating is available, as well as our traditional round 5ft. tables. The banquet-style tables can be rented from A Classic Party Rental



5. The stage can have an eye-catching look with draping hung from top to bottom



6. Here is an example of the lighting that can be done (Markey's Rental & Staging). This is an outdoor, garden-inspired look, perfect for any color scheme you choose. 


7. New linens are available from A Classic Party Rental, pending availablility: A blush overlay (shown on the head table below) & a champagne sequin linen (shown on the cake table below)


Tell us what you think of these features & how you would utilize them for your event!