DanceThe thrill and excitement of a live ballroom dance competition is hitting Tampa Bay this week 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 theTampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina in downtown Tampa.  More than 1,700 dancers are expected to compete, producing approximately 3,000 hotel room nights to this world-renowned event.

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.  One of the judges this weekend will be Dancing With The Stars ~ Karina Smirnoff !

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. 

Reservations are required and tickets are available for purchase at 863-668-9668 or  For more information, visit 

So, whether you’re a dancing participant or a spectator with happy feet … Don’t miss this exciting event! 

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