The 21th annual Indiana Challenge will be kicking off at the Radisson Hotel Star Plaza on Thursday, February 20. The competition is a DanceSport event and is sanctioned by the National Dance Council of America.

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.

According to Tim Bourget, one of the hosts of Indiana Challenge, the event will offer the opportunity for people to see world-class ballroom dancing, costumes and individuals of all ages enjoying themselves.

"We hope people come out and enjoy the beautiful ballroom dancing and see it not only as a spectator sport, but also as a hobby," said Bourget.

Throughout Indiana Challenge, there will be a number of special events. Dancing with the Local Stars, a charity event for Lake Area United Way, pairs an amateur dancer with a dance instructor from a local dance studio. Dancing with the Local Stars will take place on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for youth 17 and under and can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Lake Area United Way at 219-923-2302 ext. 302.

There will be professional dance performances on Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22. Additionally, the public is welcome to compete in an amateur/amateur salsa dance competition on Saturday, Feb. 22.

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