America's Ballroom Challenge

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America’s Ballroom Challenge dedicates one full hour to each major style of competitive ballroom dance: American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard, and International Latin. The first four episodes begin with the six finalist couples in each style competing as a group, performing the required dances in their category. Then, the dancers have a real opportunity to shine, performing a show dance solo with all eyes on them alone. Each program ends with the crowning of one couple, the champions in that style of dance.

Episode Description

1

The Trials

Twenty-four couples competed in four dance categories and the top three couples in each category advanced to "The Finals."

2

The Finals

The four finalists named champion of each ballroom dance style (smooth, rhythm, Latin, standard) compete for the title of "America's Best" ballroom dance couple.
Episode Description

1

American Smooth

Professional ballroom dancers compete for the championship title of World Professional Smooth: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, and Viennese Waltz. The winning couple advances to the final of America's Ballroom Challenge.

2

American Rhythm

Professional ballroom dancers compete for the championship title of World Professional Rhythm: Cha Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero, and Mambo. The winning couple advances to the final of America's Ballroom Challenge.

3

International Standard

Professional ballroom dancers compete for the championship title of the International Standard: Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, and Quickstep. The winning couple advances to the final of America's Ballroom Challenge.

4

International Latin

Professional ballroom dancers compete for the championship title of the International Latin: Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, and Jive. The winning couple advances to the final of America's Ballroom Challenge.

5

Grand Finale

In what proved to be an incredible competition, all four of the championship ballroom dance couples, from the Smooth, Rhythm, Standard, and Latin, brought their best to the dance floor, and one championship couple was crowned.
Episode Description

1

American Smooth

2

American Rhythm

3

International Standard

4

International Latin

5

Grand Finale

Episode Description

1

American Smooth and American Rhythm

The series kicks off with the American Smooth and American Rhythm divisions. Finalists in each style compete first as a group, with all the dancers on the floor at once, as judges gauge their mastery of the required dances. Then each couple has a chance to shine: a showdance solo with all eyes on them alone. In the end, two couples are crowned champions and advance to the grand finale.

2

Internaltional Standard and International Latin

The second hour is a study in contrasts – from flowing gowns and graceful waltzes of the classical Standard Division to the sensational footwork and provocative moves of the sizzling International Latin style. Find out which two couples are crowned champions and advance to the grand finale.

3

Grand Finale

The grand finale! Four championship couples compete across dances styles to determine a single winning couple. Each duo performs two pull-out-all-the-stops solos, limited only by their own imaginations. At the end of the grueling competition, the judges name one of these couples "America’s Best."