Lania Berger’s professional dancing career has had her dancing on the Castle Stage of Walt Disney World Florida and Tokyo Disneyland Japan; she has also danced in the Christina Applegate movie, “Just Visiting”, the cable TV show “Jackson Street”, Studio 10 TV, Fox News, Daytime, The List, So You Think You Can Dance, and several independent films. Her ballroom career started in 1998, when she won her first Swing Championship. From there she went on to compete in American Rhythm, American Smooth, and Freestyle Salsa. She has been an open professional finalist in Atlantic City, Manhattan, LA, Hawaii, Orlando, Tampa, Miami, and at the prestigious Las Vegas World Dance-O-Rama.
A recipient of the World’s Top Arthur Murray Ballroom Specialist Award, World’s Top Arthur Murray Executive Award, multiple Arthur Murray International Community Service Awards, Outstanding Facility Award, Gold Level Excellence Award, and the coveted Arthur Award, Lania is proud to be the Assistant Area III Chairperson for the Arthur Murray International Organization.
The Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the year, Lania’s Arthur Murray Ballroom Dance Studio was a featured dance facility on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars! BBC Worldwide searched the Tampa Bay area for a studio to shoot the practice sessions in. Impressed by the large floor, beautiful space, friendly staff, and great reputation in the community, Lania’s studio was selected. For three weeks former WWE star, Chris Jericho, and his professional partner, Cheryl Burke, practiced their Cha Cha Cha and Quickstep on her dance floor. Additionally, Lania’s staff and studio have been featured on Season 8 of So You Think You Can Dance for their charity work with Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, and have been recipients of many Top Studio Awards during the Tournament of Champions.
Lania Berger is the host of On the Ballroom Beat, a web-based show for music and dance enthusiasts.