The 22nd annual Indiana Challenge will be kicking off at the Radisson Hotel Star Plaza on Thursday, Feb. 19. The competition is a DanceSport event and is sanctioned by the National Dance Council of America.

Throughout Indiana Challenge, there will be a number of special events. Dancing with the Local Stars, a charity event that will benefit the American Cancer Society, pairs an amateur dancer with a dance instructor from a local dance studio. This year's tournament will feature local police officers and teachers.

Dancing with the Local Stars will take place on Thursday, Feb. 19 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for youth 17 and under and are good for all the evening activities. They can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Janet Wartman with the American Cancer Society at 219-614-3282.

There will be professional dance competition on Friday, Feb. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 21, and a professional dance show on Saturday, Feb. 21. Additionally, the public is welcome to compete in an amateur/amateur salsa dance competition on Saturday, Feb. 21.

The public is invited to watch as professional and amateur dancers compete in various divisions and dance styles including the waltz, tango, rumba, swing, foxtrot and cha-cha. Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting Tim and Sue Bourget at 219-322-8381 or at the door for individual sessions, days or in a package. Package tickets will include all events for the specific dates as well as dinner if offered. For information on ticket pricing, visit www.indianachallenge.com.

"Attendees will see the best ballroom dancing in the Midwest," said Tim Bourget, one of the hosts of Indiana Challenge. According to Bourget, there are 4,000 entries in the four-day competition.

For more information on Indiana Challenge or for a schedule of events, visit www.indianachallenge.com.