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Growing up in Southern California, Burgess first started performing at age five, which included dancing, singing and playing the accordion. In 1955 he was selected as one of the original Mouseketeers by Walt Disney to appear on his new television program The Mickey Mouse Club, giving him his first taste of celebrity.
When the series ended in 1959, Burgess returned to a normal teenager's life, completing high school. In 1961, while attending Long Beach State University, he and his childhood friend (and dancing partner) Barbara Boylan entered a Calcutta dance contest held by Lawrence Welk and his orchestra based on the hit song of the same name. They won the contest and first prize was an appearance on The Lawrence Welk Show which appeared nationally on ABC. After their initial appearance, Burgess & Boylan continued to guest on the maestro's show for the next few weeks, either dancing to Calcutta or to the orchestra's next hit song Yellow Bird. The overwhelming positive fan response led to Lawrence Welk hiring the dance couple as permanent members of the show, which was described by the maestro as "having created a job for themselves".
Over the course of the show's run, first on ABC and later in syndication; Burgess had three dance partners: Barbara Boylan from 1961 to 1967 and was a temporary fill-in for a few shows in 1979, Cissy King from 1967 to 1978, and Elaine Balden from 1979 until the show ended in 1982. He also did song-and-dance numbers with fellow Welk hoofers Arthur Duncan and Jack Imel.
Today Burgess still dances, whether it's in his dance studio teaching young students, or with Elaine Balden out on tour with his fellow Welk stars.
He married Kristin Floren, the daughter of Welk accordionist Myron Floren on Valentine's Day 1971. The couple today lives in Studio City and are the parents of four children, Becki, Robert, Wendi and Brent.
Barbara Boylan (born August 12, 1942 in Long Beach, California) is an American dancer and former television personality who was featured on The Lawrence Welk Show from 1961 to 1967, and briefly for a few months in 1979. She is 65 years old.
She was the first of Bobby Burgess's three dancing partners on the show. The two have known each other since childhood; both attended the same dance school where they were first paired together. Barbara and Bobby made their Welk debut in the spring of 1961 when they won the Calcutta dance contest at the Aragon Ballroom in Santa Monica sponsored by the Maestro. After six months of guest appearances, they were hired as regulars.
Barbara remained on the show until the summer of 1967, when she married Welk castmate Greg Dixon and retired from show business. She and Greg have been married for forty years and are the parents of two children, David and Dee Dee, and numerous grandchildren. They make their home in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado, where she ran a dance studio for 23 years.