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America's Ballroom Challenge

(Part 2 of 2) (#102)

This exciting two-part special takes viewers onto the dance floor and behind the scenes as ballroom dancing's elite - 24 top professional ballroom dance couples from North America - go toe-to-toe, with just one team emerging as "America's Best." Marilu Henner ("Taxi," "Evening Shade," Broadway revival of Chicago) and Tony Meredith (former U.S. Professional Latin American Dance Champion) host. (Part 2 of 2) [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: This three-part series, hosted by former U.S dance champions Mary Murphy and Tony Meredith, features all four of the major styles of competitive ballroom dancing: American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard and International Latin. In addition to 25 world-class couples competing to be named "America's Best," the series includes backstage footage of the couples preparing for competition; exhibitions featuring other top couples in each style of dance, from children to Pro-Am champions; and behind-the-scenes looks at different aspects of the world of ballroom dancing, from music to hairstyles.

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  • (Part 1 of 2) (#101)

    This exciting two-part special takes viewers onto the dance floor and behind the scenes as ballroom dancing's elite - 24 top professional ballroom dance couples from North America - go toe-to-toe, with just one team emerging as "America's Best." Marilu Henner ("Taxi," "Evening Shade," Broadway revival of Chicago) and Tony Meredith (former U.S. Professional Latin American Dance Champion) host. (Part 1 of 2) [56 minutes]

  • American Smooth (Part 1 of 5) (#201)

    Join host Marilu Henner and former Latin champion Tony Meredith as they kick off the competition with the World Professional American Smooth Championships. [56 minutes]

  • American Rhythm (Part 2 of 5) (#202)

    During the World Professional American Rhythm Championships six couples mambo, cha cha, and swing through group and solo rounds to see who will move on to the grand finale. [56 minutes]

  • International Standard (Part 3 of 5) (#203)

    Quintessential ballroom sweeps across the dance floor with classic waltzes, dramatic tangos, and lively quicksteps. [56 minutes]

  • International Latin (Part 4 of 5) (#204)

    A wild night of competition peppered with extraordinary exhibitions is sure to leave you breathless. [56 minutes]

  • Grand Finale (Part 5 of 5) (#205)

    Four champions compete across all four dance styles to see who will be named "America's Best." [56 minutes]

  • American Smooth (Part 1 of 5) (#301)

    The contestants compete in four dances, the waltz, tango, foxtrot and Viennese waltz. [56 minutes]

  • American Rhythm (Part 2 of 5) (#302)

    Dances in this category consist of the cha cha, rumba, swing, bolero and mambo. [56 minutes]

  • International Standard (Part 3 of 5) (#303)

    The dances in this competition include waltz, tango, Viennese waltz, fox trot and quickstep. [56 minutes]

  • International Latin (Part 4 of 5) (#304)

    The couples perform five dances -- cha cha, samba, rumba, paso doble and jive. [56 minutes]

  • Grand Finale (Part 5 of 5) (#305)

    The top four couples compete across all four dance styles for the title of "America's Best." [56 minutes]

  • Episode #401

    Jean Louisa Kelly hosts a winner-take all battle for the title of "America's Best Ballroom Couple." [116 minutes]

  • Episode #501

    The six finalists in the American Smooth and American Rhythm divisions compete as a group. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #502

    Couples take the floor in the International Standard division and the International Latin style. [56 minutes]

  • Episode #503

    The winning couples in four divisions of ballroom compete across dance styles in the grand finale. [56 minutes]

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