Ballroom Stars

Now that Dancing With the Stars has sparked a ballroom-dancing renaissance, top-notch dancers are touring the country like the skating pros of the Ice Capades. Kansas City’s Louis Bar and Laura Cantu are striking while the dance floor is hot. They headline today’s Ballroom Fever at the Lyric Theatre (1029 Central), where, along with other numbers, they’ll show off the dramatic Argentine tango that won them a fourth-place world ranking. Bonus: Bar, a Frenchman who married Cantu last summer, has been known to break into song in his native tongue. He and Cantu will be joined by the Swingsters, a swing-dancing group that leaps, flips and performs other gasp-inducing maneuvers. Shows begin at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets cost $44 to $64 and are available through Ticketmaster. For more information, call 816-471-7347 or e-mail

Sat., Dec. 29, 2 & 8 p.m., 2007