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Dancing Classrooms

The Whistle Stop

Colors of the Rainbow

2018 Event Sponsors

Center for Orthopaedics Logo CITGO Logo JD Bank Lauberge Casino Resort Lake Charles logo Port Aggregates logo Southside Machine Works logo

       The Mad Hot Ballroom Celebrity Dancing Gala is a fundraising event for The Whistle Stop’s Dancing Classrooms and DanceSport program. In its ninth year, the gala promises patrons an evening of entertainment and fun. Prominent citizens (celebrities) have been paired with local expert dancers to showcase dancing routines for the audience and judges. The event takes local “stars” out of their comfort zone and throws each of them into the spotlight…the end result is a wonderful evening of entertainment for a worthy cause. 

       Dancing Classrooms gives local fifth grade boys and girls an opportunity to learn respect for themselves and others through the art of dance. Dancing Classrooms is a life skills program that the Lake Area is very fortunate to have. The program utilizes a syllabus of ballroom dance that nurtures mastery of an art form in a fun learning environment, while fostering respect, teamwork, confidence, politeness, and a sense of joy and accomplishment. Essentially, it "teaches life skills wrapped up in ballroom dance."

Whistle Stop’s DanceSport develops competitive Ballroom Dance teams in middle/high schools.It combines sport and dance that allows the participants to improve physical fitness and mental wellbeing, to form social relationships and to obtain results in competitive dancing at beginning levels

        We would like to thank the very talented dance teachers and performing dancers as well as the celebrities who so generously donated their time and money to make The Mad Hot Ballroom Celebrity Dancing Gala happen. Finally, we cannot thank our sponsors enough.  Once again, they have demonstrated their strong commitment to this community.

The Competition

Each couple will be performing in costume, to their choice of song and choreography. You will enjoy a variety of dance genres and styles including the Tango, Cha Cha, Quickstep and Swing.

A panel of judges will decide which couple will win the coveted 1st place Mad Hot Ballroom Mirror-Ball Trophy.   The scoring will be heavily weighted towards the performance of the Celebrity dancer and will be based on several factors.

The Judges Panel will include people with experience in dance competitions.  

In addition to the Mirror Ball Trophy, there will be awards for Second and Third Place.

Lastly, there is the very important People's Choice Award given to the couple with the most votes from the audience and online voting.  Now, because the purpose of this event is to benefit Dancing Classrooms, your vote won't be free. Envelopes will be provided for you to place your vote along with a check (or cash) supporting your favorite couple. You can vote online prior to the event, beginning several months before the competition.  One dollar gets you one vote. Minimal amount online is $10.   We will not put a limit to your generosity; you can legally "buy" this trophy.  We most certainly welcome that.


The Mad Hot Ballrooom Gala is an evening event. 

Black Tie preferred. Evening Jacket and Tie required.

Gala Program
6:00 pm Champagne Social & Hors D'oeuvres
7:00 pm Dinner served/Slide show
7:45 pm Program Starts
      Welcome and Introduction of MCs
      Opening number
      Introduction of the Judges
8:00pm Competition begins
9:00 pm Judges scores and People's Choice votes tallying
  Show Finale featuring Dance Sport Team
9:15 pm Awards ceremony
9:30 pm -12:30 am Social Dance

Dinner menu

Three course Dinner by L'auberge Casino Resort


  • Complimentary Champagne and Hors d'œuvre 6-7 pm
  • Two complimentary wine bottles per table
  • Cash bar throughout the evening

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Ballroom Sponsors
Acadian Hearing Century 21 Bessette Cheniere Energy logo
Childrens Clinic of Southwest Louisiana logo Cox Cox Filo & Camel Doris Rozas
Doug and gay Gehrig Geriatric Resources Inc Hope Therapy Center logo
Johnson Firm logo Pisceaux Properties State Refrigeration
USA Dance Youth Christus Wound Center
Media Sponsor Participating Studios
KPLC TV logo  

Gigi's Downtown

Tammy Palmer’s Center Stage