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.


*2016* Big Band Dance Series

January 31, 2016: Directors Dance Orchestra

March 20, 2016: Indy All Stars Big Band

June 26, 2016: Lonny Lynn Orchestra

August 21, 2016: Sentimental Journey Dance Band

September 18, 2016: Stardusters Orchestra

November 20, 2016: 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 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 a white, pintuck loveseat couch for the bride & groom to sit on at the end of the head table (No charge)


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! 

We had the opportunity to be part of this surprise proposal at The Roof!



Congratulations to Danielle & Joey! Their amazing photos were captured by Nathaniel Edmunds Photography. We're looking forward to their beautiful wedding next November! 


Engagement photoshoots can be difficult to plan (location, attire, etc.). Danielle was lucky enough to have hers done during the proposal!


Are you trying to plan your engagement shoot? Here are a few tips:


1.Attire – You don’t have to coordinate your outfits with each other. Whether you prefer a casual or formal look, try to choose solid colors. These tend to photograph better than plaids or florals, for example. Also, try to avoid flashy jewelry, as it will distract from the focus of the photo. (The exception is your engagement ring, of course!)

2.Location – Do you envision your photos inside or outside, or both? Do you want to include a specific location that is special to you two? Think about this and talk it over with your fiancé.

3.Photographer – Spend time researching photographers in your area. Ask friends/family for suggestions and take a look at the quality of the photos each photographer produces. We love the quality of the shots in this shoot!



Interested in having your engagement, wedding or event at the Indiana Roof Ballroom? Contact us for more information! 

The 500 Festival hosted the annual Snake Pit Ball at the Indiana Roof Ballroom Saturday May 23rd. The 500 Festival is responsible for around 50 annual events and programs during the month of May including the 500 Parade and the 500 Mini-Marathon.

This year's theme for the Snake Pit Ball was "Copperhead Lounge" which was styled with a dazzling large chandelier with color changing lights and a spinning glitter race car in the middle. Glamorous white tables and chairs were provided as well as leather couches for the attendees comfort.

Guests walked the Checkered Red Carpet and were greeted with a Cucumber-infused signature drink and the music of DJ Gabby Love. A few notable names in attendance of this year's KeyBank 500 Festival Snake Pit Ball included Pat McAfee, Andrew Luck, Robert Mathis, and Dwayne Allen.

Attendees enjoyed a concert from the platinum selling rock band American Authors. The popular A-Capella group Straight No Chaser and famous cover band 45 Riots also performed at the event.


Throughout the evening, guests indulged on a wide variety of Hors D'eouvres, food stations, and desserts. Delectable items such as hand-rolled Sushi, Korean Bar-B-Q Boneless Short Ribs, Orange Ginger Glazed Chicken and Chili Garlic Shrimp, Brownie Pops, and Cinnamon and Caramel Churros kept guests satisfied!


Celebrity bartender Josh Gonzales, the owner of Thunderbird, was on the scene making some of his signature cocktails at the main bar in the center of the room.

The Indiana Roof Ballroom was thrilled to be part of such a marvelous event and it was an impeccable way for attendees to unwind before the 500 race on Sunday. Contact us at ( for more information on hosting your own memorable event!


   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!