Mark Ballas and Willow Shields Go Down the Rabbit Hole

April 14th, 2015

Week five of Dancing With the Stars was the popular Disney week!  Each couple danced to a song from a Disney movie.  Mark and Willow danced to Alice's Theme from Alice in Wonderland.  Willow dressed as Alice and Mark portrayed the White Rabbit in a gorgeously executed foxtrot.

The dance received positive comments from the judges and a score of 34.  They move on to week six of the competition.

Mark Ballas and Willow Shields Pay Tribute to The Hunger Games Movies

April 7th, 2015

Week four of Dancing With the Stars brought one of the most popular theme weeks-My Most Memorable Year.  Willow chose 2011, which was the year she was cast as Primrose Everdeen in The Hunger Games-a blockbuster series of movies which changed her life forever.  They chose the song Atlas, which was from the second Hunger Games movie Catching Fire.  Mark chose to honor the series with his theme and choreography.  The dance which takes place in the arena, was a fierce and emotional Contemporary routine. 

 The intense routine drew rave reviews from the judges and 3 perfect 10's.  Their final score of 39 propelled them to the top of the leader board, and is the highest score given to a contestant this season.  While they were in jeopardy, they were called safe and moved on to next week's Disney week.

Mark Ballas and Willow Shields Talk Contemporary with JC Rubio

April 6th, 2015

Mark and Willow talk to JC Rubio from AfterBuzz TV about their contemporary routine and how happy they are with their scores.

Mark Ballas appears on AfterBuzzTV

April 1st, 2015

Mark Ballas joined Suri Serrano and Davina Plante on Tuesday, March 31 to discuss week three of Dancing With the Stars.

Mark Ballas and Willow Shields Dance a Fire and Ice Paso Doble

March 31st, 2015

Week three was Latin night on Dancing With the Stars, and Willow Shields and Mark Ballas danced the paso doble.  Performed to the song  "Hanuman" by Rodrigo y Garbriela, they used a fire and ice theme which wowed the crowd and gave them critical acclaim from the judges.  They received a total score of 32, which placed them fourth for the night.  They were called safe and move on to week four of the reality dance competition.

Mark Ballas and Derek Hough Flip Their First House With HGTV

March 26th, 2015

Derek Hough and Mark Ballas of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars will choreograph a whole new move in their latest project—to renovate and flip a house in HGTV’s Mark & Derek’s Excellent Flip. Premiering Tuesday, April 28, at 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. ET/PT, the four-episode series will follow the multi-talented entertainers and first-time house flippers as they and their team of experts transform an outdated Los Angeles-area home into one of the best homes on the block.

“We’re taking on our very first house flip together,” said Mark. “And we’ve only given ourselves four weeks to complete it before the open house.”

“This is a huge financial investment for us and we are on a budget,” added Derek. “It’s a big risk—and we may not always agree on every design detail—but it’s a risk worth taking, worth putting our blood, sweat and money into to get the job done right.”

From demolition to design, Hough and Ballas will play an active role on the work site as they help renovate and prep the home to sell in the ultra-competitive L.A. real estate market. In the premiere episode, the duo will knock down walls to create a gorgeous great room that combines the kitchen, family room and dining room. The series will follow the guys’ progress as they tackle the home’s crumbling exterior and overgrown landscape, gut the master bathroom and update the bedrooms with new windows and floors.

“Our audience loves watching celebrities take on home renovation projects,” said Allison Page, general manager, HGTV and DIY Network. “They relate to all the highs and lows they've experienced in their own renovations and appreciate getting to peek into another side of life for the celebs they already know and love."

About Derek Hough

Derek Hough, an Emmy Award winning choreographer and the winningest champion in franchise history of the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars, started dancing in his hometown of Salt Lake City, UT, at age 11. Just one year later, he moved to London to live and train with the top dance coaches in the world and attend performing arts school where he studied theatre, music and dance. During his time in London, Hough performed in London’s West End where he starred as the male lead in the stage version of Footloose. With celebrity partners on Dancing with the Stars that have included Brooke Burke, Ricki Lake, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Grey, Kellie Pickler, Amber Riley and Amy Purdy, Hough’s innovative and daring choreography has garnered him a total of five Emmy Nominations. In 2013, he paired with World Champion Ice Dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White to choreograph their Short Program for the 2014 Winter Olympics. In Sochi, Russia, the duo was awarded the Gold Medal after performing that routine to record setting scores and rave reviews. With his sister Julianne, Hough heads on tour again this summer in their co-created MOVE Live on Tour. Hough’s memoir, Taking the Lead; Lessons from a Life in Motion, was a New York Times Best-Seller.

About Mark Ballas

Emmy-nominated Mark Ballas is a multifaceted performer singer/songwriter and musician. Known for his dynamic energy and bold choreography, Mark stormed the US entertainment scene more than 10 years ago, as part of the dance pro cast that captivates close to 20 million viewers per week on the ABC mega-hit, “Dancing with the Stars.” May 2014, Ballas released his debut single Get My Name produced by Wizz Dumb and written by Jo'zzy and Ballas himself, which broke Top 40 in its debut release on the iTunes pop chart landing #24, while the Get My Name music video debuted #1 on multiple MTV platforms. On August 3, 2014, Ballas released his second single Miss Incredible again produced by Wizz Dumb and written by Ballas and Jo’zzy. The breath taking cinematic-style Miss Incredible video features “Miss Incredibles,” from all walks of life and was released August 25, 2014. Ballas’ debut EP KICKING CLOUDS was released September 16, 2014. As part of the professional cast of “Dancing with the Stars” for the past 20 seasons, Ballas is a two-time champion — Season 6 with Kristi Yamaguchi and Season 8 with Shawn Johnson. Season 19, Ballas and Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Robertson finished an impressive second place and for the much-lauded 20th season of Dancing with the Stars, Ballas is paired with the youngest contestant to ever compete on the show, The Hunger Games’ Willow Shields.


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