Friday, August 1, 2014

America's Ballroom Challenge


The '37' year tradition returns with an
all new 3-hour prime time series!
The Ohio Star Ball is pleased to announce the return of the long-running PBS hit America’s Ballroom ChallengeThis November, America’s best professional ballroom dancers will take center stage at the Ohio Star Ball in Columbus, and once again Moreno/Lyons Productions will be there to capture it all for PBS. For two days, cameras will roll as world-class couples cha-cha, samba, waltz and tango their way to the top. America’s Ballroom Challenge will take viewers onto the dance floor and behind the scenes as ballroom’s elite go toe-to-toe for the title of “America’s Best.”
Aida Moreno, creator of the show, will return to record the 2014 event as a three-hour series, shot in High Definition at one of the world’s largest ballroom dancing competitions. “It’s very exciting to see real ballroom dance competition returning to mainstream American culture, and we’re thrilled to showcase the very best competitors in this art form,” says Ms. Moreno.
Each of the series’ first two programs will highlight two of the four major styles of competitive ballroom dancing: American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Ballroom and International Latin. The six finalists in each style will first compete as a group, performing the standard dances in their category, with expert judges scoring their performances. Then the dancers will have a real opportunity to shine, with each couple performing a Showdance solo with all eyes on them alone.
In the third and final program of America’s Ballroom Challengethe champions in the four dance styles will compete in a “Best of Show” Grand Finale, with each couple performing a pull-out-all-the-stops solo. Only one will be named “America’s Best.”
“I’m pleased that PBS is continuing the tradition of showcasing America’s best ballroom dancers and that, once again, the Ohio Star Ball will be the site for the recordings,” says event organizer Sam Sodano.
Taped November 21 and 22 at the Ohio Star Ball, America’s Ballroom Challenge will be broadcast on PBS in early 2015. Check your local listings for the exact date and time in your area. For more information and how to order tickets, please visit our web site:

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