Mad Hot Ballroom

Local celebs take to dance floor for good cause

Mad Hot Ballroom Gala, Southwest Louisiana’s version of the hit TV series “Dancing With the Stars” is set for 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at L’Auberge Casino Resort.

The event — in its ninth year — pairs eight local “celebrities” with local professional dancers. The couples compete for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy that is awarded by a panel of seven judges that have experience in dance competitions.

All proceeds benefit The Whistle Stop, a local nonprofit for at-risk youths. The Dancing Classrooms and DanceSport programs teach dance and life skills to elementary, middle and high school students.

Leah Bossano, gala chairperson, said all tables are filled for the event, with an expected audience of roughly 700 people. She said the local celebrities are known for giving back to the community.

Preparing for the competition is “a lot of work,” with dance couples training for nine months, Bossano said. They also help raise money for the event and promote it.

The couple with the most online votes and votes from the audience will win the People’s Choice Award. To vote online, visit whistlestopkids.com. Each vote is $10 or more, and there is an unlimited amount of votes.

Performing couples: Missy Amidon and Daniel Gonzalez; Sonya Brooks and Marcus Bebee; Chad Crain and Lauren Morris; James Havard and Amanda Yellott; Gigi Kuehn and Robert Miller; Shannon LaFargue and Emily Porché; Shonda Manuel and Reginald Larkins; and John Ware and Gambrelle DiGiglia.

The gala will also have its first “Red Hot Carpet” list of the best-dressed people at the event. Bossano said five people with a knowledge of fashion will be planted in the audience to decide who is chosen.  

Black-tie attire is preferred.

Online: celebritydancingswla.com.

””

The Mad Hot Ballroom Gala event pairs eight local “celebrities” with local professional dancers.

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:Contributions buy results

life

DeRidder High graduate latest $10,000 Sunny Brown Scholarship recipient

Local News

Louisiana becomes first state to allow surgical castration as punishment for child molesters

Crime

Suspect in Benoit Motors dealership fire sought

Local News

La. faces lawsuits over mandatory display of 10 Commandments

life

PHOTO GALLERY: It’s alligator feeding time — check out this action

Local News

Finger out of joint: Damaged metal to blame for bridge shutdown

life

SW La. nightlife calendar: There’s always something to do

Crime

6/21: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

life

Vietnam service members, their families to be honored Saturday

life

Starkid Productions comedy coming to ACTS Theatre stage

life

‘Ain’t Misbehavin’: LCLT opens Fats Waller musical today at Southlake Theater

Crime

Judge: More accountability needed for juvenile offenders in SW La.

life

House of worship, closed for more than four years, set to reopen Saturday

Local News

Tropical Storm Alberto dissipates after heavy rains kill 4

Local News

Casssidy: Bill would ‘dismantle’ DEI efforts

Local News

Fontenot signs with Cowgirls

life

Free summer concert: LCCB presents’ A Night at the Movies’

Crime

LC pair sent to prison for federal firearms, drug offenses

Crime

6/20: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

life

PHOTO GALLERY: A magic moment

Crime

Two teenagers charged in robbery in which female was shot

Local News

Some memories don’t fade away: LC’s Dark recalls legendary Mays

life

LC Symphony presents ‘the best songs of the MTV generation’