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Want to see LIVE ballroom & latin pro and pro-am shows, like you enjoy on Dancing With The Stars? Join us Friday September 11 & Saturday September 12 for our LIVE PROFESSIONAL BALLROOM & LATIN DANCE SHOWCASE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

$20 Evening Tickets
Call (503)639-4861 to reserve tickets. Visa & Mastercard accepted via phone.

The new season of "Dancing With The Stars" began Monday March 9 on ABC. Competitions run weekly every Monday 8-9pm and eliminations run every Tuesday 9-10pm. Celebrities paired with professional dancers compete against each other in various ballroom dances. Judges marks and audience votes determine which couple is voted off the program weekly. Viewers may also call or text in their votes.

2009 Dancing with the Stars is especially exciting, as for the first time 3 'real life' couples are in the season lineup. Newly engaged professional dancers, Maksim Chmerkovsky and Karina Smirnoff, go head to head with each other. Also this season -- Country music star Chuck Wicks teams up with his girflriend professional dancer Julianne Hough.

Ballroom Dance Company owners instructors attended live broadcasts of several previous seasons in Hollywood.

The BBC Original Series

Three years before Dancing With The Stars was introduced in the USA, a show with an identical format called "Strictly Come Dancing" debuted on the BBC in the United Kingdom. We take lessons and compete in England and have absolutely loved watching the program there! The program continues to be wildly popular, and has single-handedly turned the professional dancers on the show into celebrities themselves! The BBC has broadcast other ballroom dance programs for years, including "Come Dancing" which aired for nearly 50 years. Dancing With The Stars is a wildly popular program across the world, with versions running in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and of course the United States.

This Seasons "Stars" include

Chuck Wicks — Country Music Star (paired with his fiance, two-time Dancing with the Stars Champion Julianne Hough).

Belinda Carlisle — 80's "Go Go's" Pop Star (paired with Jonathan Roberts).

David Alan Grier — Comedic Actor (partnered with Kym Johnson, who returns for her sixth season).

Shawn Johnson — Gold Medal Olympian and the youngest-ever competitor at 17 years old (partnered with Mark Ballas, who returns for his 4th season).

Lil' Kim — Grammy Award Wining Rapper (paired with Derek Hough, who returns for his 4th season).

Holly Madison — Playboy playmate and reality show star (paired with 2006 US National Finalist Dmitry Chaplin, who's making his Dancing with the Stars Debut this season). Holly stepped in for singer Jewel, who withdrew from the competition due to fracturing tibia in both legs while training.

Gilles Marini — "Sex and the City" move star (paired with two-time Dancing With The Stars Champion Cheryl Burke, who returns for her seventh season).

Ty Murray — Rodeo Athlete (paired with Youth 10-Dance National Champion Chelsea Hightower, who makes her season debut).

Steve-O — Reality Show Extreme Stuntman (paired with 2007 World Swing Dance Champion Lacy Schwimmer who returns for her 2nd season).

Denise Richards — Actress & Reality TV Star (paired with Maksim Chmerkovsky, who returns for his 6th season).

Melissa Rycroft — "The Bachelor" Reality TV Star (paired with Tony Dovolani, who returns for his 7th season). Melissa stepped in for TV host nancy O'Dell, who tore her meniscus while training and withdrew from the competition.

Lawrence Taylor - Football Hall of Famer (paired with Edyta Sliwinska, the only pro to compete in all 8 seasons of Dancing With The Stars).

Steve Wozniak — Apple Computer Businessman (paired with Karina Smirnoff, who returns for her 6th season).

"The Judges" include

Len Goodman: Owns a ballroom dance school in Dartford, England
Carrie Ann Inaba: Choreographer for trendy gigs like MTV videos
Bruno Tonioli: Choreographer for contemporary gigs like films, plays, commercials

"The Professionals"

We've heard speculation as to why some professional dancers on the show may come across as arrogant. We know most of these dancers and can confirm from personal experience they are all exceptionally friendly, respectful, professional people. We suspect show producers put them up to making out-of-character statements for the camera to incite audience passion.

Ever wonder why the show appears to draw only B-List celebrities? Possibly it's due to the relatively low pay. Howard Stern revealed on his Sirius Satellite show that his girlfriend Beth Ostrosky was invited to appear on Dancing with the Stars third season this fall. Ostrosky was offered “a base of $125,000 for the first two weeks of the show,” plus “about $20,000 each week after, until they are voted off,” according to the New York Post. There’s a bonus of $50,000 “if the show is stretched to nine weeks — for an extra recap show.” Thus, that’s a maximum of “around $245,000 for eight weeks of work, according to the contract.” The professional dancers salary has reportedly gone up from $1000 per week to $5000 per week. They are still required to fully cater their schedule to the "stars" training needs during the run of the program.

Dance Like The Stars

Drag your significant other, friend, or just yourself to The Ballroom Dance Company this week for private lessons, or our popular Beginners Group Lessons offered 7 days a week. Tuition for beginning level classes is only $9 per person, or $35 for the entire 5-week series. If you would like to come watch live ballroom dancing, join us at our ballroom dances open to the public every Sunday night from 7:30-10pm ($5 admission). Enjoy live shows at our public performances hosted 3 times a year. Our next showcase will be September 11 & 12 (8-10pm)($20 admission). Buy tickets early, our last showcase SOLD OUT! For photos from our most recent showcase visit HERE!


Learn to "Dance Like the Stars"
in Portland Oregon!
Call The Ballroom Dance Company today at (503)639-4861