On March 7, 1938, a group of Iowa ballroom operators gathered to work out some mutual problems. This was the formation of the Iowa Ballroom Operators Association. At a meeting on July 14, 1941, it was decided to enlarge and become the Midwest Ballroom Operators Association. At the annual convention of the MBOA held in Chicago in 1947 the name was changed to the National Ballroom Operators Association because membership had expanded from coast to coast. The current name of National Ballroom & Entertainment Association was made in the 1970's to reflect the more comprehensive nature of the association.
The following links reflect a variety of aspects in regard to the current and past history of the NBEA and its members.