A competition in which couples use their best dance moves and combinations of grace and style in hopes of being chosen the champion of the ballroom dance floor. Tradition and elegance... seduction and sizzle... Ballroom is back! From the producer who first brought the magic of competitive ballroom dancing to television, "America's Ballroom Challenge" returns to PBS.
Hosted by stage and screen actress Jasmine Guy ("A Different World", Showtime's "Dead Like Me") and undefeated 7-time Latin Dance Champion, Ron Montez, "America's Ballroom Challenge" is now in its second season as a five-hour series. With an hour dedicated to each of the four major dance styles, and a grand finale, where champions compete against each other, "America's Ballroom Challenge" combines the excitement of a sporting event with the drama of a reality series.
Shot at the world's largest ballroom dancing competition in Columbus, Ohio, and broadcast in stunning High Definition, "America's Ballroom Challenge" once again takes viewers onto the dance floor and behind the scenes as 25 world-class couples compete for the ultimate dance title, "America's Best."
Take a look beyond the dance floor, and meet some of the players who make this amazing event come to life year after year. In addition to the competition, "America's Ballroom Challenge" brings you an array of exhibitions performed by dancers of all ages.
"We're thrilled to be able to bring comprehensive coverage to this massive event," says series creator and producer Aida Moreno. "I love being able to showcase so many couples dancing at such a high level."
Each season typically consists of five 1-hour episodes with the first four episodes devoted to each of the major styles of competitive ballroom dance:
American Smooth: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz
American Rhythm: Cha Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Bolero, Mambo
International Standard: Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep
International Latin: Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive
The fifth episode is a Grand Finale with the four champion couples competing for the title of "America's Best" dancers.
In the second hour, couples take the floor in the International Standard division, full of flowing ball gowns and graceful waltzes, and then the sizzling International Latin style, with its suggestive costumes and seductive steps.
Season 5 begins with the American Smooth and American Rhythm divisions competing in group dances, including the waltz, tango, cha cha and mambo.