The 23rd Annual Indiana Challenge will be kicking off at the Radisson Hotel Star Plaza on Thursday, February 25TH thru February 28TH. The competition is a Ballroom Dance Competition Event and is sanctioned by the National Dance Council of America.
Come on out and join the fun! For one weekend we have some of the best Ballroom dancing in the country here in N W Indiana. You will see Latin Smooth Rythm and Standard styles of dance, from 5years old to 85 years young. There will be lights, dresses, costumes and music! Come on out and watch one of the greatest hobbies ever. See why so many people enjoy ballroom dancing, cheer on your friends, and Support American Cancer Society and Dancing with the Local Stars. Check out their web site and tell a friend.
Throughout the 2016 Indiana Challenge, there will be a number of special events in Northwest Indiana.
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. This year’s celebrities are: Annie Fox, radio personality; Marriza Negrete, state director of the Miss Indiana Latina Pageant; Christopher Kosovich, owner of Kosovich Media Group LLC; Antonio Gutierrez, owner of Hoosier Property Maintenance Inc.; and Marvin Rodas, coach at Intense Conditioning. Each celebrity is paired with a professional dancer from a local dance studio. 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.
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. (Some Tickets will SELL OUT – so advance tickets are highly recommended) 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.
Come and have some fun! For more information on Indiana Challenge or for a schedule of events, visit HERE
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