Dance Your Ass Off Chooses Winner

by | September 1, 2009 at 10:26 AM | TV News

Ruben shakes it.  (Oxygen)

Ruben shakes it. (Oxygen)

He was the show’s oldest contestant and his partner was battling cancer, but a Las Vegas wardrobe designer used that as motivation on his way to winning season one of ‘Dance Your Ass Off.’

Ruben was awarded $100,000 when his combination of dance moves and weight loss – he dropped 74 pounds over the 10 week competition – beat out the show’s two other finalists, Pinky and Shayla.

Watch Ruben’s thoughts on the competition.

“As the oldest contestant, I felt Dance Your Ass Off would be a once-in-a-lifetime chance for me,” Ruben said. “Being on the show enabled me to step out of my life for a few weeks and completely focus on me. I love to dance and if I could lose some weight by doing it, hooray!”

Watch the final weigh-in.

For the 75-minute finale, all the contestants returned and learned they had lost a combined total of nearly 350 pounds.

More ‘Dance’ highlights.

Ruben and the others will return for an encore special ‘Dance Your Ass Off’ reunion September 7 at 10 pm on Oxygen.