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Dance Your Ass Off Premieres June 29 on Oxygen

dance your ass off dyaoWe’ve heard about the incredible weight loss celebrities enjoy after a stint on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Did any of them really ever have that much weight to lose? Well, now there’s a new dance-off show where people who do stand to lose some weight will have their chance. Monday, June 29, Dance Your Ass Off, or DYAO, will premiere on the Oxygen network, a high-energy show helping people achieve their dance floor dreams while fitting into a smaller dance uniform.

DYAO is hosted by Marissa Jaret Winokur, best known as Tracy Turnblad in Broadway’s hit musical Hairspray, who will serve as an energetic and positive leader for the 12 contestants ready to move it ’til they lose it.

The show follows the model of similar shows, by doing weekly weigh-ins like NBC’s Biggest Loser and pairing contestants with professional dancers like DWTS. And while regaining their health is the ultimate prize, the winner will receive a $100,000 cash prize. Each week the contestants will work out with trainers, monitor their health with Dr. Huizenga from Biggest Loser, and then perform a dance routine for the judges.

The 12 contestants, competing to lose nearly 3,000 pounds, are:

  • Alicia – A 23-year-old raised in an Italian and Chilean your ass off
  • Angela – A 24-year-old with a life-long love of dance.
  • Brandon – A 20-year-old aspiring R&B star.
  • Karla – This 29-year-old comedian loves all kinds of music.
  • Mara – She’s a 32-year-old newly diagnosed diabetic ready to turn things around.
  • Miles – Is a 29-year-old U.S. Coast Guard veteran.
  • Pinky – This 29-year-old life-long dancer wants to keep up with her dance crew brothers.
  • Ruben – This 43-year-old is the head of wardrobe for Cirque du Soleil.
  • Shayla – She’s a 27-year-old high school advisor trying to regain her former athletic body.
  • Tara – The 33-year-old mom wants to be a healthy example for her children.
  • Trice – This 24-year-old isn’t going to let weight keep her from her dreams of dancing any longer.
  • Warren – He’s a 29-year-old nurse who’s not taking “fat” comments any more.

June 17th, 2009

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i need to loss a lot of weight and i need to no how to eat or something i need help someone pleas help me im 28 and i way 240 poounds im 5'3 im to fat help me

posted Sep 9th, 2009 8:10 pm


Just wondering how many calories these people are eating

posted Jul 21st, 2009 3:02 pm


the judges on this dance your ass off show is very bad, and should be replaced, they are the worst i have ever seen, i can t watch a whole show, a big black lady danced on the pole better than some small chicks, and --YEA on the bottom.

posted Jul 20th, 2009 12:39 am


Hi my name is Alize and I Like your show, i wouid like to be on it , W -240
I relly need your show, so if you can help me i will like that alot.

posted Jul 9th, 2009 8:52 pm


I think this is a great show and I wish all of them nothing but the best, and I think DR needs to get a life...he is a ass

posted Jul 8th, 2009 5:22 pm


I think alicia and her partner should do the bump to that song from the 70;s I aint gonna bump no more with no big fat woman.

posted Jul 8th, 2009 12:56 pm


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7 Responses to “Dance Your Ass Off Premieres June 29 on Oxygen”

Jun 23rd, 2009
4:54 pm

I cannot wait untill this comes on ive been waiting just to see the sneak peek i know this show is going to be good i can;t wait

Jun 29th, 2009
11:46 am

Here’s my question about this show:

As the contestants “shake and rattle their rolls” towards health, fitness and $100,000, are we supposed to be laughing WITH them………………..or AT them.

Jun 29th, 2009
12:34 pm

Well Ithink none of the above… I mean these are people who abviiously want to do something about their weight, to be healthy and live more active lives doing something that they love or want to embrace a physical activity that doesnt seem like excercise.
They deser respect because it is not easy especially doing it on televsion!

Jun 30th, 2009
8:21 am

I love this show and really enjoyed it last night. These contestants are nothing to laugh at – that’s for sure. They can really dance! I really hope the keep getting better.

Jun 30th, 2009
8:37 am

DR your ignorance annoys me…….

Jun 30th, 2009
11:30 pm

I think the show is great!

Jul 1st, 2009
4:03 am

I am wondering what was the time length that they started…I mean was it a week that they learned the dances and lost the weight?