News & Press Release Announcement From National Dance Council Of America
The following information has been
received from the Series Producer of Ballroom Bootcamp
Please note that our 1-hour preview special has been moved until the end of
the summer to better take advantage of the wave of press we've been getting.
This was a network decision. They moved it from July because they loved the
preview so much they want to maximize it. So far, our clips have aired on E!
News Live and are set to be part of a piece on the NBC Nightly News with
Brian Williams sometime this week. We have also been mentioned in the Washington Post, USA Today and Time Magazine.
In each episode of Ballroom Bootcamp, three
everyday people from all walks of life subject themselves to an intense
5-week training program to become competitive ballroom dancers. Each person
gets one-on-one instruction from a top ballroom professional who has free
rein to do whatever it takes to transform their student from "Average
Joe or Jane" to dancer extraordinaire. Instructors conduct extensive
dance training, ambush their students at their homes or workplaces, send them
to style and psychological specialists, and involve themselves in their
personal lives and struggles.
After four weeks, each student is presented with a professional who will be
their dance partner at an actual, real-live dance competition. The three competitors dance against one
another before judges sanctioned by the National Dance Council of America (NDCA), and the winners qualify for a grand ball to be held
at season's end.
Competitions include: The Yankee Classic in Boston, MA; the Florida State DanceSport Championships in Sarasota, FL; and the Embassy
Ball in Irvine, CA.
Competitors include: A Crime Lab Investigator for the L.A. Sheriff's
Department, a nurse technician, a stay-at-home mom with two children under
three, and a former college football player.
Instructors: Gocha Chertkoev,
Christian Perry, Susannah Cuesta
Event Commentators: Brian McDonald, president of the NDCA, and Linda
Wakefield, Co-Director of the Ballroom Dance Company at Brigham Young University.
Set to debut on TLC on October 7th.
Gocha Chertkoev is a world class ballroom dance competitor,
choreographer and performer. Gocha with his dance & life partner Shorena
Gachechiladze continually raise the bar for technical
excellence and artistic presentation of ballroom dancing in the USA and
and Shorena were the first ballroom dance couple to
immigrate to the US from former USSR.
Always innovative and ground breaking, Gocha and his wife Shorena won
the honor of representing the US at Blackpool, England, the most
prestigious dance competition in the world, in the team match competition. They also represented the US at the World
Professional Latin Dance Championship in South Africa. For Five consecutive years they were featured
performers on the highly popular and widely broadcasted PBS Program,
“Championship Ballroom Dancing”.
The precocious Gocha
began competitive ballroom dancing at the age of six in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. He and Shorena were
seven times undefeated Giorgian Champions in Latin,
Standard, and the combined Latin/Standard category, Ten Dance.
As a young Georgian, Gocha
studied theater, drama, and film. At the
age of eighteen Gocha began producing choreography
and teaching in the Theater School of Liberal Arts
College. Gocha, the consummate artist completed his college degree
in art, specializing in painting, graphic design, and costume design.
Now, an internationally acclaimed
choreographer, Gocha’s brilliant coaching and
choreography have produced many successful amateur and professional couples in
Dallas, L.A. and throughout the US.