She's the third of Bobby Burgess' dance partners, but for many Welk fans....she's number one in their hearts.

Elaine Balden, of Dallas, TX....can do the tango, rhumba, fox trot and every popular ballroom dance there is....and an ideal dancing partner for any future installments of "Dancing With The Stars."

When she was five, Elaine first took up dance....and throughout her childhood, learned both dance, ballet, tap and jazz. Attending Sam Houston State University, she was a piano major but it wasn't until a trip home when she took up ballroom dance. Attending a Four Aces concert with her parents, Elaine noticed the dancers in the show performed so well and professional....and soon found out that the dancers were from the world famous Arthur Murray Dance Studio.

Shortly after, Elaine joined the Arthur Murray Dancers.....and her career kicked up just like the high leg kicks.

Elaine and her fellow dancers toured, and taught dance across the country....and also appeared on television as part of the Jerry Lewis' MDA Telethon on Labor Day. In early 1979, her Arthur Murray instructor recommened to her about the Lawrence Welk Show, and how Bobby Burgess is looking for a new full-time dance partner....she made her Welk debut that Feburary on the "Salute To Love" episode where they danced to a rhumba, and later....following a few more guest appearances and positive fan response, got the job full time.

Until the show ended in 1982, the dance team of Bobby and Elaine dazzled audiences with their athletic and exotic dance skills....and on a few occasions showed off her acting talents as well in a few comedic numbers. Today, she still dances with Bobby whenever the Welk stars hit the road for their concert tours and many personal appearances. They also produced a how-to-dance video titled "Easydance".

She found her husband, Jim Balden on the Welk show......who worked as cameraman and assistiant director. They make their home in the Los Angeles area and are the parents of two daughters, Alana and Skyla.