Mark Ballas Announces First Mark Ballas Dance and Performing Arts Studio

July 24th, 2015

Mark Ballas of ABC's Dancing with The Stars will take the wraps off the new Mark Ballas Dance and Performing Arts Studio at a Grand Opening Gala Saturday, August 1, at 6:30 p.m. at Charlotte's, The Club at Longview.

The Gala will be a dance lover's dream with the Dancing with the Stars pro meeting current and prospective students as he showcases his first franchised dance studio in the U.S.

Ballas, nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography in 2011, is a singer/songwriter/musician who has danced for 16 seasons on the ABC blockbuster dancing series, holding numerous "firsts", including being the only dancer to win multiple Dancing with The Starscompetitions with Olympic champions.

Ballas dancing studio franchises are being offered regionally and nationally by Ballas and longtime Charlotte dance ballroom innovator, Sabrina Berg.  The new franchise offers dance instructor in both Ballroom and Latin styles of dance in private and group settings.  Existing dance studios that franchise with Ballas will convert their name to one of dance's most successful and worldwide recognized dancing icons. 

Instructors at franchised ballrooms are highly trained and certified, ensuring that Ballas studio customers receive the most accurate and successful dance instruction available. Each franchise is provided marketing support and a streamlined model for scheduling, accounting, and overall studio efficiency.

"We're thrilled to have a dancing star spend a gala evening with Charlotte dance enthusiasts.  Mark will attend the Grand Opening of each of his franchises as ballrooms convert to his brand and system of operation.  We encourage everyone to put on their dancing hat, get decked out in their finest, and come on out to meet Mark and learn about an exciting new opportunity.  You'll love our newly converted ballroom and you'll see what ballrooms that convert to the Ballas brand are like," Berg said. 

"Put it on your calendar—Saturday night, August 1, at 6:30 p.m.—a time to join in the fun and experience an evening you will never forget," Berg added

Call 704.541.1611 for information.

To become a franchise holder go to and click on "Franchise Info".

Media Contact: Nick Berg, Mark Ballas Dance and Performing Arts, 704-629-8491,

Mark Ballas and Derek Hough to Attend the 2015 Killick Klassik

July 18th, 2015

The 2015 Killick Klassik, a Dancesport event hosted by Paul Killick and Shirley Ballas,  will be held August 19-22 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Florida.  Along with exciting dance competition, there will be a dance camp with some of the best coaches and judges in the world!  The event will also include a special Meet and Greet event with Mark Ballas and Derek Hough!

The Meet and Greets will be held on June 21 and 22 at 5PM.  

Attendees will participate in a 60 minute question and answer session followed by a 30 minute photo opportunity.

Participants will enjoy champagne, great food, and each will receive autographed photos of Mark and Derek. Tickets are $250 per person.

All events are open to the public. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Shirley Ballas at

Mark Ballas talks What's Your Why with Fox Business

May 27th, 2015

Mark Ballas was in the studio with Fox Business on May 27 to discuss his participation in the quit smoking campaign "What's Your Why?"

Willow Shields & Mark Ballas Visit Live With Kelly and Michael

April 29th, 2015

Mark and Willow dropped by Live with Kelly and Michael, where they talked about their surprising elimination and showed off some of their dance moves!

Willow Shields and Mark Ballas head to the future for week 7 Dancing With the Stars

April 28th, 2015

Week seven was a decades theme, and Mark and Willow were assigned a futuristic jazz.  They danced a ninja themed routine to Electric Feel by MGMT.  They received good comments from the judges and a score of 37, which landed them in second place.

The top scoring couple, Nastia and Sasha received immunity from elimination and 3 points towards next week's scores.  The remaining six couples did a dance off for 2 more points toward next week's scores.  Riker was allowed to select next, and he chose Willow and Mark.  Willow was allowed to choose the dance style, and she selected salsa.  Willow and Mark won the dance off with a unanimous decision by the judges.

Unfortunately, Mark and Willow were the lowest scoring couple when factoring in the viewer votes from last week and they were eliminated from the competition.

Mark Ballas and Derek Hough try their hand at Flipping Houses

April 25th, 2015

Professional dancers Mark Ballas and Derek Hough team up off the dance floor to buy an outdated California home and flip it in just four weeks. From demolition to design, construction and decorating, find out what happens when the coaches become the students, and see if they have what it takes to join the ultra-competitive Los Angeles real estate market.

The show premieres Tuesday, April 28 at 11PM EST on HGTV!

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