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What it is like to be in the audience for Dancing With The Stars

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Dancing with the Stars is a huge hit on ABC. Did you know you can get free tickets to be in the audience of Dancing With the Stars?  Below we have shared how you can get complimentary tickets to see the show Dancing With the Stars live this season!  Fans of all ages may like to know what it is like to be in the audience of the live taping. I was in the audience to watch the show and I am sharing what you might want to know about how long the taping is, what you can bring with you, and what you should leave at home. Don’t miss the link to reserve free tickets for an unforgettable night at Dancing with the Stars!

Dancing with the stars audience dress codeDo you enjoy Dancing with the Stars on ABC?  I have been watching over the years but I somehow missed that it has been on for nearly 10 years.  Wait, what?  Yes you heard that right.  10 years!  Earlier this month I was super excited to attend and be in the Dancing with the Stars audience!  I have been in the audience for a few live taping shows in the past and this was so above those I have attended before! I’ll share about  the Dancing with the Stars audience dress code and what to wear to Dancing with the Stars.  First, check out some fancy dresses and  free Dancing with the Stars books on kindle!

The Dancing With the Stars 2021 contestants have been announced! Things will look different this year as we continue to try to defeat Covid, but I am thrilled we can still watch the show from competition from home. The full list of competitors on Dancing with the Stars for this upcoming season are as follows….

2021 Dancing with the Stars Contestants


Jimmie Allen

Melanie C

Christine Chiu

Brian Austin Green

Melora Hardin

Olivia Jade

Matt James

Amanda Kloots

Martin Kove

Suni Lee

Mike Mizanin

Jojo Siwa

Kenya Moore

Cody Rigsby

Iman Shumpert

Brandon Armstrong

Lindsay Arnold

Alan Bersten

Can you Get Tickets to Dancing with the Stars Live 2021?

Unfortunately, tickets are not available for live audience guests for Dancing with the Stars for 2021. When that changes, I will share how to get FREE Dancing With the Stars Live tickets!  The show is incredible and you will not want to miss it. Stay tuned for updates.


2020 Dancing with the Stars Contestants List!

Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev


AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke

Carole Baskin and Pasha Pashkov

Monica Aldama and Val Chmerkovskiy

Anne Heche and Keo Motsepe

Jesse Metcalfe and Sharna Burgess

Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd

Jeannie Mai and Brandon Armstrong

Nelly and Danielle Karagach

Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten

Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko

Justina Machado and Sasha Farber

Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson

Charles Oakley and Emma Slater

Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart



2019 Dancing With the Stars Contestants List

  • Lauren Alaina – country music star
  • Christie Brinkley – supermodel
  • Ally Brooke – pop star
  • Hannah BrownThe Bachelorette
  • Karamo Brown – TV host
  • Kate Flannery – TV star
  • Ray Lewis – NFL Hall of Famer
  • Kel Mitchell – comedian/actor
  • Lamar Odom – two-time NBA champion
  • Sean Spicer former White House press secretary  Bigly Awful Guy
  • James Van Der Beek – TV icon
  • Mary Wilson – The Supremes

It is going to be another great season for sure. I’m all for inclusion, but anybody who votes for Sean Spicer can’t sit at my lunch table. THOSE ARE THE RULES.

Dancing with the stars taping

If you are a fan of Dancing with the Stars attending a live taping is something I truly encourage!  The set is beautiful but not as big as I would have thought.  We were on the first balcony (there is a floor section, balcony, and second balcony).  It is not a huge theater and I seriously don’t think there is a bad seat in the house.

A few things to consider when you will be in the Dancing with the Star audience……

  • Dancing with the Stars filming can go on for hours. Make sure to eat before.
  • There is no food or drinks allowed in the theater.
  • Dancing with the Stars is taped before a live studio audience every night.
  • Phones are NOT allowed in the theater so leave it at home or in your car.
  • Dancing with the Stars is filmed in Los Angeles, California.
  • Audience members are encouraged to stand on their feet to watch and cheer, so I suggest comfortable shoes.
  • The studio audience really dresses to impress! Make sure to dress up!
  • The Dancing with the Stars studio is quite cold with air-conditioning so make sure to bring a sweater, jacket, or wrap.
  • Tickets are FREE – what?!  yes!  All tickets to ABC shows are FREE of charge – who knew?!  Ticket request for ABC shows is here!

dancing with the stars

What to wear to Dancing with the Stars

    • Dress Fancy  – I’m serious.  Everyone is dressed up.  I think out of the several hundred people in the audience I saw three pairs of jeans.  As it should be I say, this is a very special event – the dancers have worked hard and have spent many hours in hair and make up – the audience should dress up too!  Also, because it is such a small audience there is a very good chance you will end up on camera, and if you are gonna be on live television shouldn’t you look fancy? Of course you should. So many awesome dresses on Amazon!


Mommy-blogger-seat*some people don’t like the term ‘Mommy Blogger’ – I don’t mind it, I am both of those things and I got to sit in this seat*

  • You are not allowed to bring your cell phones or cameras when you attend a Dancing with the Stars filming.
  • Wait?  You got to Kate!  I know, but that was a special circumstance. I was allowed to because our group was actually contracted to live tweet during commercials.  I did not sneak my phone in and I don’t think you should either.  It would be really hard guys, just don’t try.  Take a pic before you go in and then let the good folks at the front store your phone or leave it in the car.

what to wear to dancing with the stars

  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • (but of course they still need to be fancy).  You stand a majority of the taping.  You are clapping and smiling and dancing a little bit no matter where you are in the Dancing with the Stars audience. They encourage folks to really get into it and you really want to.  It is a very lively show.  I am not going to lie, I kicked my high heels off about half way through the taping.  I wish I had worn flats or wedges or at least brought some of those little emergency fold up shoes.

dancing with the stars

  • Bring a light sweater or jacket. 
  • It is a bit cold in the theater.  I was in a sleeveless dress and I wish I had a little wrap or sweater of some kind.  Don’t fret though if you forget yours, it just encouraged me to dance a bit more.
  • Make sure to have something to drink and eat before.
  • The taping is a couple hours long.  Before we went in we enjoyed a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception.  I wasn’t hungry at all, but I would have sold a kidney for a bottle of water about half way through. I just wish I had grabbed a bottle of water on the bus ride over, I wouldn’t have been allowed to bring it in, but I would have liked to have a sip of water right before going in.

Here is a video my new friend Cori just shared over on her you tube channel from our night in the Dancing with the Stars audience (including a peek at our inpromptu interview with one of the judges!) …….

I wanted to also share a couple fun photos of the Dancing with the Stars after party that was held at Mixology 101…….

dinner mixologyHere we are all enjoying dinner and watching the West Coast airing of Dancing with the Stars.

And then famous people started showing up……

Sadie-Dancing-with-the-starsI truly enjoyed everyone’s performance – but I am team Sadie all the way!  So poised and talented.  She is a great dancer and a great role model for little girls.  She was personable and friendly!  In all honesty I don’t really watch Duck Dynasty (we don’t watch a ton of TV especially cable – even the family friendly stuff…. should I admit that?), but I thought it was really cool (and my guess is people want to know) that the 17 year old was escorted by her parents…… who were also kind enough to pose for pictures….

duck dynasty

and just a couple other peeps……..




I’m so sad Lea is is off the show!  I know that is how it works, but I sure was bummed to see her go.  She was so awesome and she was so kind to all of us.


You can watch Dancing with the Stars on ABC on Monday nights  and you totally should!  Lots of fun for the whole family! Or you can be in the Dancing with the Stars audience and watch it live.


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Until Next Time ~ Kate
Comments: 11 Responses
  1. Sharon Coakley says:

    How old do you have to be to be in the audience?

    • kate says:

      Hello! I believe there were children in the audience when we went a few years ago, but not sure if that has changed. I would check with the link provided to know the current age allowed. It was a very family friendly taping when I attended. Have fun!!

  2. virginia coombs says:

    At one pointI was wait listed for the October 28 show. Since I have not received tickets online yet, I just re-registered. The comment at the top reads: “You are already signed up for this taping”. Again, I still have not received tickets online. Is that the way I should receive tickets? Can you verify that I should be receiving (2) tickets and how I will receive them? Thanks so much! Virginia C

    • kate says:

      Hi Virgina – I do not work for the show (I WISH!) – I am just a blogger who was lucky enough to attend a taping and share about it on my site. I would contact the show directly – there is a link on this article. I do hope you can get the answer and enjoy the show!

  3. Paula Duke says:

    I love the show dancing with the Stars.

  4. Sharon Coakley says:

    I thought Odom was terrible but according to the purpose of the show,
    people are suppose to have no experience. We seem to vote for couples that look good but have some dancing experience. Doesn’t that go against the purpose of the show. Sean Spicer is soooooo terrrible but he is still there. WHY?

  5. Mel Kan says:

    Hello, I believe the audience comes at 3pm, what time do they stay until? I am confused if it is Live and the show airs at 8pm, est?

  6. Leisa Kibble says:

    My daughter (21st birthday trip) and I have tickets for next Monday night! Going from GA, Lauren Alaina’s home town! I just learned it’s the Halloween show, Oct 28th, now im perplexed for sure on what to wear.

    • kate says:

      How fun! I always suggest dressing up and make sure to bring a coat or wrap of some sort. It is a wonderful show – have a GREAT trip!

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