Preliminaries for the Sixth Annual Red Hot Ballroom competition that kicked-off on Wednesday. More than a thousand middle and high school students from the Brownsville I.S.D. who participated in the preliminaries that run through Friday afternoon. The ballroom program is offered in more than fifty schools and provides students with motivation. B.I.S.D. Fine Arts Administrator Dr. Rebecca Rendon stated, "A lot of these students are not maybe in band or choir or some of our other fine arts area and they just love it. So, it gives them this self confidence and all of that carries over into academics." The final competition will take place at the Brownsville Events Center at 7 PM.