Ballroom Dance > Dancing on TV > America's Ballroom Challenge - coming to TV in 2009

Discussion in 'Dancing on TV' started by reb, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. reb

    reb Active Member

    From the Ohio Star Ball website:

    Once again, the Ohio Star Ball will be broadcast on PBS as the America's Ballroom Challenge. This year, America's Ballroom Challenge will be airing on February 25th, 2009 from 9-11 p.m. on PBS and the host for the show will be actress and singer, Jean Louisa Kelly. Ms. Kelly has a long list of credits as an actress and singer and further information can be found at her official web site:

    http://www.jeanlouisakelly.com

    Ron Montez will again be a co-host this year. You can find bios of both hosts on our Spotlight page. (Also listed is a policy on no personal recording during the Saturday evening events.) Please keep an eye on the PBS web site and the Ohio Star Ball web site for updated information when that is available.

    PBS America's Ballroom Challenge Web Site:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/ballroomchallenge

    For fun, this was a similar thread from two years ago:
    http://www.dance-forums.com/showthread.php?t=15113&highlight=Challenge
     
  2. jivechica

    jivechica Member

    so they're not doing a 5 week series this year?
     
  3. pruthe

    pruthe Member

    That's correct. One 2-hour show this year.
     
  4. wooh

    wooh Well-Known Member

    I'm fine with less tv time if there's less filler. Hoping that in cutting it down, it's primarily filler that gets cut!
     
  5. hustleNflow

    hustleNflow New Member

    If it's only 1 two-hour show, they must only be doing the international styles :(
     
  6. pruthe

    pruthe Member

    The taping is on Saturday night and that's the night of finals for Pro Rhythm, Smooth, Latin, and Standard, as well as a bunch of other stuff. See schedule for Sat night on OSB web site. I would guess show will be a little of everything, but I don't know for a fact. Will have to wait and see what they do. Note: In schedule, the TV open and close may not line up with what is in final show.
     
  7. dancelvr

    dancelvr Well-Known Member



    Sounds like reduced coverage this year, no matter what is cut. :-(
     
  8. GJB

    GJB Well-Known Member

    Well, considering the economy I glad it's still funded! Remember we lost it for a couple of years due to lack of funding.
     
  9. ChaChaMama

    ChaChaMama Well-Known Member

    I don't know, but all four styles are still doing show dances, and there is a big light graphic "America's Ballroom Challenge" that they flashed around Exhibit Hall C from time to time Friday. So I'm thinking they will show all four. It would be kind of silly to do a "challenge" with only two competitors.

    Showing a round of all five dances (four if it is smooth) is 10 mins x 4 styles = 40. Showing six showdances per style is another 10 x 4 = 40. Then there's the America's Best stuff, short and long programs, another 20 mins (?). There are 3 10 minute "special exhibition" sections to the program, plus the tv intro and the tv closing. Seems like it would be hard to cram this into one show, even if it were one 2 hour show. Huh.
     
  10. Mostly Ballroom

    Mostly Ballroom New Member

    That's too bad. I enjoyed watching that one year. Still, I can understand. If I, a social ballroom dancer, didn't have enough interest to watch it there really aren't too many watching it.
     
  11. hustleNflow

    hustleNflow New Member

    I have a feeling the current state of the economy has something to do with the show being cut back from 5 hours to 2 this year - remember, all PBS shows rely primarily on donations from viewers to stay afloat, and Aida Moreno (the producer of ABC) has said in interviews before that each year they struggle to come up with the funding for the show, but somehow always pull it off at the last minute. I have a feeling that people just didn't have as much spare income to give this year, which resulted in the show being whittled down from 5 hours to 2. But at least they didn't scrap the show altogether! :D
     
  12. reb

    reb Active Member

    It will be a treat!

    Great performances and a little drama . . .
     
  13. GJB

    GJB Well-Known Member

    Drama ?
     
  14. jivechica

    jivechica Member

    Anybody know if there is any information anywhere about Season 1? I missed that season and haven't been able to find a rerun. At least just wanted to see who the top 6 in each category were?
     
  15. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

  16. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    actually if I remember right that was OSB 2005, yes? If so, pulled from dancesportinfo.net...

    The fourth through sixth in Pro latin were:

    4) Ilya Ilfraimov and Nadia Goulina
    5) Pavel Kovalev and Anna Garnis
    6) Delyan Terziev and Borianna Deltcheva

    In Pro Standard:

    4) Gary Gehkman and Rita Gehkman
    5) Anton Koukareko and Elena Koukareko
    6) Eddie Stutts and Victoria Belova
     
  17. Does any one know when this year's show is going to air?
     
  18. pruthe

    pruthe Member

    Check out the home page of Ohio Star Ball. Don't think PBS web page for ABC is updated yet but probably will soon.
     
  19. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    According to the OSB site, Feb 25th.
     
  20. pruthe

    pruthe Member

    America's Ballroom Challenge web page at PBS has been updated now for 2009 info.

    w w w.pbs.org/wgbh/ballroomchallenge/ (remove spaces)
     

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