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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

It's Southwest Louisiana's version of "Dancing With The Stars." This year's Mad Hot Ballroom didn't disappoint.

Eight local celebrities were paired with dance professionals to compete for the trophy.

The annual gala and dinner raises money for "The Whistle Stop Ballroom Dancing Classrooms" program, which teaches local fifth graders how to dance.

This year's teams featured:

Dr. Kipp Ardoin and Amanda Yellot (WC Swing)

Dean David and Angela Peck (Rumba)

Michael Flurry and Lauren Morris (Disco)

Britney Glaser and Robert Miller (Smooth Waltz)

Nomica Guillory and Daniel Gonzalez (Salsa)

Mary Beth Huber and Edward Marsh (Cha-Cha)

Brigitte Johnson and Marcus Bebee (Two Step)

Lauren Monroe and Dr. Tyson Green (Freestyle)

Marcus Bebee has been teaching dance for 22 years and this is his fourth year participating in Mad Hot Ballroom. He and his partner are looking to two step their way to the title.

"We are going to go out there and win, entertain and have fun," said Brigitte Johnson.

The dancers and instructors have been practicing their routines for more than six months. All have day jobs and said it wasn't always easy to find the time, but well worth it.

"I don't have a dancing background. But I have never missed an episode of 'Dancing With the Stars.' I'm a dancer wannabe. I'm looking to go out there and dance for my supporters ... and the kids and for Edward. He has been such a great teacher," said Mary Beth Huber.

KPLC's own Britney Glaser stayed up late and dazzled the crowd with a smooth waltz - making it look very easy.

"I've been told every week -- it's like you're dancing in a pool of maple syrup. You can never stop moving in the syrup," said Britney.

Dr. Tyson Green took home the trophy last year. This year, he is the pro and dancing with Lauren Monroe.

"It really was fun. Tyson is a great instructor. And we meshed really well and we've been working really hard. Hopefully, we bring a great performance. We are really excited and want to please the crowd," said Monroe.

Even though they didn't take home a title Michael Flurry and his partner impressed the crowd. Flurry was originally dancing with instructor Lauren Morris, who two days before the event, broke her toe while practicing. Flurry's wife, Lauren, stepped in at the last minute.

"She is a dancer and had watched us practice the routine. So, it was easy for her to step and learn the entire routine in a day," said Flurry.

Taking home the trophy was Brigitte Johnson & Michael Bebee.
2nd Place: Lauren Monroe and Dr. Tyson Green
3rd Place: Nomica Guillory and Daniel Gonzalez
People's Choice Award: Mary Beth Huber and Edward Marsh

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