Date(s) - 02/25/2016
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Star Plaza Theatre
The 23rd Annual Indiana Challenge will be kicking off at the Radisson Hotel Star Plaza on Thursday, Feb. 25TH THRU 28TH. The competition is a DanceSport event and is sanctioned by the National Dance Council of America.
Throughout Indiana Challenge, there will be a number of special events.
Dancing with the Local Stars, a charity event that will benefit the American Cancer Society, pairs an amateur dancer with a dance instructor from a local dance studio and will take place on Thursday, Feb. 25TH from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for youth 17 and under and are good for all the EVENINGS activities. According to the Bourget’s, the competitors have spent the last 8-10 weeks learning two routines taught to them by a local dance instructor who will also be their dance partner that evening. The instructors have all donated their time to make sure each amateur is ready.
The competition will start with all seven contestants dancing the Four-Count Hustle together at the same time to work out the jitters. Following the group performance, the contestants will perform a solo routine with their dance instructor/partner. Spectators can expect to see performances from the foxtrot, mambo, rumba, samba, tango, and many other favorites.
THE REST OF THURSDAYS SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS:
12:30 pm – Registration Begins
1:30 pm to 11:00 pm
• Solo Exhibitions
• Country & Western
• American Smooth Freestyles (NC, Pre-Bronze, Bronze I, II, Open Bronze)
• American Smooth Pro/Am & Am/Am Multi-Dance & Compulsory Events
• American Smooth Bronze Scholarship (Pro/Am only)
• American Smooth World Pro/Am Bronze Dancesport Series
• Dancing with the Local Stars
• American Smooth Freestyles (Pre-Silver, Silver I, II, Open Silver)
• American Smooth Pro/Am & Am/Am Multi-Dances & Pro/Am Silver Scholarship
• American Smooth World Pro/Am Silver Dancesport Series
• American Smooth (Gold I, II & Open Multi-Dance)
• American Smooth World Pro/Am Open Dancesport Series
• American Smooth Pro/Am & Am/Am Scholarships
There will be professional dance competition on Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27th, and a professional dance show on Saturday, Feb. 27th. Additionally, the public is welcome to compete in an amateur/amateur salsa dance competition on Saturday, Feb. 27th.
The public is invited to watch as professional and amateur dancers compete in various divisions and dance styles including the waltz, tango, rumba, swing, foxtrot and cha-cha. Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting Tim and Sue Bourget at 219-322-8381 or at the door for individual sessions, days or in a package. Package tickets will include all events for the specific dates as well as dinner if offered. For information on ticket pricing, visit HERE
“Attendees will see the best ballroom dancing in the Midwest,” said Tim Bourget, one of the hosts of Indiana Challenge. According to Bourget, there are 4,000 entries in the four-day competition.
For more information on Indiana Challenge or for a schedule of events, visit HERE