TLC gives viewers an inside look into ballroom dancing and the sweat, rigor and personal determination necessary for success in BALLROOM BOOTCAMP, premiering Friday, October 7, 2005 at 10 PM (ET/PT). In this series, filmed at Danceland Studio in Hollywood, California, everyday individuals are pulled from their comfort zone and subjected to an intensive five-week ballroom dance training program in preparation to dance in a professionally adjudicated competition.
In each episode of Ballroom Bootcamp, three everyday people from all walks of life subject themselves to an intense 5-week training program to become competitive ballroom dancers. Each person gets one-on-one instruction from a top ballroom professional who has free rein to do whatever it takes to transform their student from “Average Joe or Jane” to dancer extraordinaire. Instructors conduct extensive dance training, ambush their students at their homes or workplaces, send them to style and psychological specialists, and involve themselves in their personal lives and struggles.
After four weeks, each student is presented with a professional who will be their dance partner at an actual, real-live dance competition. The three competitors dance against one another before judges sanctioned by the National Dance Council of America (NDCA), and the winners qualify for a grand ball to be held at season’s end.
Competitions include: The Yankee Classic in Boston, MA; the Florida State DanceSport Championships in Sarasota, FL; and the Embassy Ball in Irvine, CA.
Competitors include: A Crime Lab Investigator for the L.A. Sheriff’s Department, a nurse technician, a stay-at-home mom with two children under three, and a former college football player.
Instructors: Gocha Chertkoev, Christian Perry, Susannah Cuesta Event Commentators: Brian McDonald, president of the NDCA, and Linda Wakefield, Co-Director of the Ballroom Dance Company at Brigham Young University.