PBS – American Ballroom Challenge – Don’t Miss It!

Hello to all our friends and fellow dancers. The Fordney Foundation would like to tell you about a wonderful PBS event that will be airing very soon. We are especially thrilled because this event will be presenting the competition that took place in November 2014 at the Ohio Star Ball. As you recall, it was our first successful year of competition at the Ohio Star Ball where we presented the Fordney Foundation Youth Series. We are very proud that Loren Silverman and Monet Pinkett won First Place Top 10 Latin Junior representing the Fordney Foundation.

Get ready to watch some of the World’s greatest dancing…

“It’s very exciting to see real ballroom dance competition returning to mainstream American culture with PBS continuing the tradition of showcasing America’s best ballroom dancers . Taped November 21 and 22 at the 2014 Ohio Star Ball, America’s Ballroom Challenge will be broadcast on PBS:

9PM – 10PM


9PM – 10PM


9PM – 10PM

Each of the series’ first two programs will highlight two of the four major styles of competitive ballroom dancing: American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Ballroom and International Latin. The six finalists in each style will

first compete as a group, performing the standard dances in their category, with expert judges scoring their performances. Then the dancers will have a real opportunity to shine, with each couple performing a Showdance solo with all eyes on them alone.

In the third and final program of America’s Ballroom Challenge, the champions in the four dance styles will compete in a “Best of Show” Grand Finale, with each couple performing a pull-out-all-the-stops solo. Only one will be named “America’s Best.” Check your local listings for the exact date and time in your area.

Since I did not get to go to the Ohio Star Ball in person this year, I will be very excited to see what I missed! Definitely, you will see the best of the best! Don’t miss it.

Thought Of The Week:

Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.



Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website https://slowmotiondancevideos.com/