TAMPA, Fla. - The thrill and excitement of a live ballroom dance competition is hitting Tampa Bay next month as one of the nation’s most glamorous and prestigious competitions returns to Tampa Bay, attracting competitors and celebrities from around the globe. The Millennium Dancesport Championships will be held June 21-25, 2011 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina in downtown Tampa. More than 1,700 dancers are expected to compete, producing approximately 3,000 hotel room nights.
During the day, attendees will see pro/am competitors (professionals and their students like Dancing with the Stars) and youth competing, while professional couples and daytime finalists take to the floor in the evenings. Over the five days, dancers will vie for $125,000 in cash and prizes.
“For the first time ever at a dance competition, we have brought five World Champions in five international styles to perform Friday and Saturday evenings,” said Michael Chapman, event organizer. “They will showcase just how thrilling and diverse ballroom dancing can be.”
The event’s theme this year is Welcome to Burlesque and the stage will be transformed into a sexy, classy boudoir with dazzling costumes, elegant ballroom couples and sultry Latin dancers. Day and evening tickets are available and seating is limited. Day sessions are from 9am to 5pm and evening sessions are from 8pm to midnight. Tickets are: Day Sessions: $25 per day; Tuesday evening: $25 & $50; Wednesday and Thursday evenings: $50 & $100; Friday and Saturday Evening: $70 & $150.
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