"Dancing with the Stars" Competitor Mark Ballas to Join Touring Cast of Burn the Floor
By Andrew Gans
Mark Ballas — of TV's "Dancing with the Stars" fame — will join the touring company of the dance extravaganza Burn the Floor for a limited engagement beginning Nov. 30 in Raleigh, NC.
Ballas will perform with dance partner Giselle Peacock in three cities only: Raleigh, NC (Nov. 30-Dec. 5); Houston, TX (Dec. 14-19) and Pittsburgh, PA (Dec. 28-Jan. 2, 2011). Also appearing as featured dancers in these three cities will be "So You Think You Can Dance" alums Robbie Kmetoni, Janette Manrara and Karen Hauer.
In a statement Burn the Floor creator and producer Harley Medcalf said, "We are thrilled that Mark will be appearing in the US tour. His star-power attraction is well deserved, and we look forward to bringing his amazing talents to the stage for audiences in these three cities."
Mark Ballas is a lifelong performer, born in Houston and raised in England. As the only child of eight-time undefeated World Latin Ballroom Champions Shirley and Corky Ballas, he was raised in the ballroom world. He's held every major championship in ballroom, from Junior Olympic Gold Medallist to twice winning the International Open to the World. He's currently competing on his seventh season of "Dancing With The Stars," having already won the competition twice in past seasons. He is currently in the studio recording "The HurtLoveBox," which will be distributed exclusively through WalMart later this month.
Burn the Floor is directed and choreographed by Jason Gilkison. The national tour launched in Portland, OR, in September and continues through spring 2011. For a full list of tour cities, visit www.burnthefloor.com.
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