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  • Best of the Best Grand Finale to be held at the 2021 Ohio Star Ball!

  • Winners at Best of Best related competitions need to send in Grand Finale entry form. See Rules section below.

  • View video of last year's 2020 Grand Finale winners above.

The Best of the Best Dancesport Challenge gives student dancers the opportunity to focus on improving their dancing in a specific division and the winners the chance to represent one of 48 competitions and the Dancer’s Cup Tour in the Grand Finale at the Ohio Star Ball. It's a focused format of fun, excitement and recognition. (Please visit the Fordney Foundation web site for further info the Youth Series Best of the Best competitions.)

For the 2021 Best of the Best Dancesport Challenge, the Pro/Am winners from the all the competitions listed in the Competitions section and the Dancer’s Cup Tour competitions, will be battling it out for Top Honors! The Dancer’s Cup Tour “Best of the Best” representatives will be those Bronze, Silver, Gold, Theater Arts, and Show Dance competitors who have accumulated the most points at all of the DCT events beginning with the 2020 Ohio Star Ball and ending with the North American Imperial Star Ball in 2021.

The Grand Finale for this year’s Challenge will be held at the 2021 Ohio Star Ball. At this Finale, the Bronze, Silver, Gold, Theater Arts, and Show Dance Finale competitions will take place on Thursday evening at the Ohio Star Ball.

For 2021, the Grand Finale winners at the Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels, and the overall winners of the Theater Arts and Show Dance events, will be asked to make an Encore performance of their winning dances on Friday evening at the Ohio Star Ball. What better way to recognize the winning Best of the Best Dancesport performances than to be shown in the Friday evening events at the 2021 Ohio Star Ball.

Please show your support by entering a Best of the Best Dancesport Challenge competition now!

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Who will be the Bronze, Silver, Gold, Show Dance, and Theater Arts Winners in 2021?
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The Best of the Best DanceSport Challenge is a yearly competition between some of the top Pro/Am couples in the country who are winners at the Bronze, Silver, Gold, Show Dance, and Theater Arts levels of dance. The Best of the Best was originally started as a Challenge for the Top Competitor between the Atlanta Open, Holiday Classic, and the Ohio Star Ball. The Challenge has now expanded to 48 qualifying events held throughout the calendar year, including representatives from the Dancer’s Cup Tour, and culminating with the Grand Finale events at the Ohio Star Ball. Each qualifying event hosting a Best of the Best Challenge offers a different category, so interested competitors have their pick of several divisions in which to shine.

Entering in your selected division at a participating event is the first step to qualifying. Make sure to check the details as outlined in the organizers’ literature. The concept of Best of the Best is to take the winners in each age division of the qualifying event and have a run-off to determine an overall winner for the competition. The Overall winner from each participating competition is asked to prepare a solo presentation in the dance of their choice at the Grand Finale Challenge in Ohio. At the Grand Finale, the overall winners from each participating competition, and the representatives from the Dancer’s Cup Tour, will present their solo and compete for the coveted Best of the Best Dancesport Challenge title at the Bronze, Silver, Gold, Show Dance, and Theater Arts levels.

The Best of the Best Challenge gives each participant the opportunity to focus on improving their dancing in a specific division and the winners the chance to compete at the Grand Finale in Ohio. It's a focused format of fun, excitement and recognition. Good luck to all the competitors in the Best of the Best Challenge! Remember, you've got to be in it to win it!

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NOTICE - If you were an overall winner at a Best of the Best Dancesport associated competition this year, please make sure you have sent in your entry form to participate in this year's Grand Finale at the 2021 Ohio Star Ball. You can download the entry form by clicking Entry Form link below and following the directions given. The deadline for sending in your entry form is Oct. 7, 2021. 

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Dear Best of the Best Organizers:

Please click ->HERE<- to view qualifications and rules for the Best of the Best Dancesport Challenge which apply to all participating Best of the Best competitions held throughout the year. As you know, the winners at each participating Best of the Best competition are eligible to attend the Finale events held at the Ohio Star Ball in November.

In addition, for the Organizers of the Best of the Best competitions, here are two documents that you should provide to each overall winner of a Best of the Best event at your competition. Please click each link below to download a copy of the forms.

1. Best of the Best Winner’s notification letter.
2. Best of the Best Winner’s entry form.

Please be aware that Finale entrants must be an active competitor at the Ohio Star Ball with a minimum of 10 single dance entries. If there are any questions on anything, please contact us at ohstarball@aol.com or call 614-848-7827.

Sincerely,

Sam Sodano
Creator of the Best of the Best Dancesport Challenge

Competitions Section

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The Dancesport competitions that will take part in this year’s Best of the Best Dancesport Challenge are listed below. Each competition will host events for selected dance categories and levels that are part of the Best of the Best Challenge series, and the winners of these events will be eligible to compete at the Grand Finale competition held each year at the Ohio Star Ball.

See below to determine which Best of the Best categories are held at a given competition. If there is missing or incorrect information listed below for a given competition, please contact us to make a correction. And finally, please show your support for the Best of the Best Dancesport Challenge series by participating in these events. Thank you again and Happy Dancing!

(Please click on the competition links below to see additional info.)

December

Host of the Open Scholarship events in Ballroom, Latin, Smooth, and Rhythm.

http://kingsball.net/

Host of the Bronze and Silver 9 and 10 Dance competitions.

http://www.holidaydanceclassic.com/

Host of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Show Dance competitions.

http://torontowinterball.com/

Host of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold American/International 4 Dance competitions.

http://www.yuletideball.com/


January

Host of the closed bronze and closed silver multi dance events in American and International style.

http://www.thesnowballcomp.com/


February

Host of the Gold 9 and 10 Dance competitions.

http://www.marylanddancesport.com/

Host of the American and International Open Bronze, Silver, and Gold Rising Star competitions.

http://www.californiaopen.com/

Host of the Bronze Smooth & Rhythm A/B/C Multi-Dance and Show Dance competitions.

http://www.indianachallenge.com/


March

Host of the Closed Bronze, Closed Silver and Open Gold Multi-Dance events.

http://www.theheritageclassic.com/

Host of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold World Masters in International and Americans styles.

http://www.firstcoastclassic.com/

Host of the Bronze, Silver, Gold Theater Arts and Show Dance  competitions.

http://musiccityinvitational.com/

Host of the Bronze, Silver and Gold solo competitions.

http://michigandancechallenge.com/

Host of the Closed Bronze & Silver Latin and Ballroom Championships, and the Closed Bronze and Silver Am Smooth and Am Rhythm Championships.

http://sfopen.com/


April

Host of the American and International Style Closed Bronze & Silver competitions.

http://www.emeraldball.com/


May

Host of the Closed Bronze, Silver, and Open Gold competitions in International and American style.

http://www.atlantaopen.com/

Host of the Bronze and Silver Rhythm, Smooth, Standard, and Latin Dances

http://www.americanstarball.com/


June

Host of the American Rhythm & Smooth Closed Bronze 3-Dance, Silver 4-Dance, and Gold 4-Dance  Scholarship competitions.

http://www.threediamonddancesport.com/

Host of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Show Dance competitions.

http://www.tulipclassic.com/

Host of Best of the Best Closed Latin competitions.

http://www.chicagocrystalball.com

Host of the World Masters Pro/Am 9 and 10 Dance competitions.

http://www.theyankeeclassic.com/

Host of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold competitions in Show Dance / Theater Arts.

http://www.m2dance.com/

Host of the Closed American & International Bronze, Silver, & Gold Rising Star competitions.

http://www.dancenorthcoast.com/


July

Host of the Open Pro/Am Scholarships in all 4 styles, age categories A, B, C.

http://www.twincitiesopen.com/

Host of the Club 3 Dance Championship: Hustle, Salsa, and West Coast Swing.

http://www.dancesportchampionships.com/

Host of the Open International Ballroom & Latin competitions.

http://internationalgrandball.com/

Host of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Show Dance and the Bronze Caribbean Mix, Rhythm, Latin, Smooth & Standard competitions.

http://www.thedbdc.com/


August

Host of the Open A, B, & C Ballroom and Latin competitions.

http://empiredancechampionship.com/

Host of the Open Bronze/Silver American 9 Dance and International 10 Dance competitions.

http://thenvball.com/

Host of the Closed Bronze, Closed Silver, and Open American & International Style Pro-Am Scholarships.

http://www.cbcdancesport.com/

Host of the Closed Bronze , Silver, and Gold 6 dance competitions in International and American styles.

http://www.capitaldancesport.net/

Host of the Open to the World competitions in International and American style.

http://www.embassyball.com/


September

Host of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Show Dance competitions.

http://www.galaxydancefestival.net/

Host of the Best Cabaret and Best Solo competitions.

http://clevelanddancesport.com/

Host of the Bronze and Silver Scholarship competitions.

http://www.hawaiistarball.com/

Host of the Bronze and Silver Ballroom & Smooth competitions.

http://southwesterninvitational.com/

Host of the Closed Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Open Gold competitions in International and Americans styles.

http://www.cscdancesport.com/


October

Host of the Pro/Am Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Show Dance competitions.

http://www.chicagoharvestmoon.com/

Host of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold All Styles competitions.

http://www.paragonopen.com/


November

Host of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Show Dance competitions.

http://caribbeandancesport.com/

Host of the Closed Bronze + Silver American Rhythm and International Latin Scholarships A/B/C.

http://houstondancesportclassic.com/

Host of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold competitions in Show Dance and Cabaret/Theater Arts.

http://northamericandancesport.com/

Best of the Best Bronze, Silver and Gold Male and Female DCT participants for 2021.

http://www.dancerscup.com/

Host of the Best of the Best Dancesport Grand Finale events.

http://www.ohiostarball.com/

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If you would like to get additional information about the Best of the Best Dancesport Challenge competition, please call or send email using the following information:

Phone: 614-848-7827

Email: OhStarBall@aol.com

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