Aren’t these photos breathtaking? Dancing With The Stars Season 20’s Mark Ballas and Willow Shields reunited to dance in “Dancing With Desire”. Thanks to Willow for tweeting. To see even more photos of them, see Willow-Shields.com. One of my most favorite Dancing With The Stars couples ever….
DWTS Sharna Burgess, Maks Chmerkovksiy, Tony Dovolani, Mark Ballas, Noah Galloway To Dance In “Dancing With Desire” June 18th
Sharna Burgess, Maks Chmerkovksiy, Tony Dovolani, Mark Ballas, and Noah Galloway will be dancing in a new Fred Astaire Dance Studio production called “Dancing With Desire“. The show will take place on June, 18th, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Kelly Arts Center in Niceville, Florida. Below is some information from the Kelly Arts Center. Proceeds from the show will benefit children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, etc.). For tickets, see this link. Special thanks to @cmcsed9 for this news.
Tickets are on sale now through Horizons at (850) 863-1530 or the Fred Astaire Dance Studio at (850) 244-4480. Tickets are $100 each for VIP seating, $50 general seating main floor and $35 balcony.
Experience an unforgettable night, where legends and celebrity dancers from the hit series “Dancing with the Stars” come to Northwest Florida for a night of dancing and entertainment. To make the show even more special–all net proceeds from the event will benefit children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, etc.). Enjoy the show knowing you are making a real difference in the lives of others here in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton Counties.
As most of you know who follow the site, we’ve had rumors of Bruce Jenner dancing on Dancing With The Stars for several seasons. Now that she has made the transformation to a woman, will this be the season she dances? If so, who would she dance with? Although not reliable, Hollywood Life reported Mark Ballas and Derek Hough would dance with her. They also report that producers told Caitlyn that she would be “given one of best dancers they have.” Tony Dovolani talked on the possibility of Caitlyn dancing with Wendy Williams this week (you can watch this interview here if you haven’t yet). To the possibility, Tony called Caitlyn “brave” and “inspiring” and then said, “Absolutely! Why not? We’re ground-breaking people.” Derek Hough also said he’d dance with her in this new interview yesterday with Entertainment Tonight (watch below). Derek is up for any challenge and taking chances. He loves stepping out of the box and inspirational stories for what Dancing With The Stars has been about. More below. So yeah, all eyes on Caitlyn for Dancing With The Stars Season 21. It will be interesting to see if this is when Caitlyn finally dances as she has a lot of reasons to dance these days. #GoForItCaitlyn and bring on that glam if you do it. Read more..
I’m loving these pictures of Mark Ballas and girlfriend BC Jean. They’ve been in Jamaica this week to help celebrate the Official Grand Opening Of Sandals Ochi Beach Resort which you can read about here. They also visited the local school children at their school and performed which helped to benefit the Sandals Foundation. Awesomeness…
This is a little dated (and I can’t remember if we posted this), but, it’s fun to watch in case you missed it. #DWTSOffSeasonFun Thanks to Lois for the find.
Mark and Shirley Ballas Interviewed On DWTS Season 20 And Decisive Factor To Win: “Votes and talent or family connections?”
Mark and Shirley Ballas talked with Radar Online about Dancing With The Stars Season 20. Mark was disappointed he and Willow got eliminated too early. He thought Willow “got the short end of the stick”. I couldn’t agree more.
Votes and talent or family connections? Mark Ballas tells RadarOnline.com he’s not sure what was the decisive factor in Rumer Willis winning Dancing with the Stars.
When Ballas and Willow Shields were eliminated in the seventh week of Dancing With the Stars, fans were shocked, but no more than the professional dancer himself, he said.
“We just stared at each other. I was beside myself,” Mark told Radar in an exclusive interview while promoting the big “Smoke Out” day event in Times Square with his mother, Shirley Ballas. The mother-son duo have quit smoking together and dished on that feat, along with his crushing elimination on DWTS.
“I thought Willow got the short end of the stick,” Mark said. “It wasn’t fair.”
Fast-forward to a few weeks later and Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy took home the coveted Mirror Ball, with the help of her movie star parents, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, along with a major push from their Hollywood friends.
“I guess when people vote they thought since we had such high scores from the judges that they thought ‘she’ll be alright,’” Mark surmised.
His mother concurred, and told Radar: “They networked. The whole family did their homework. It was great and amazing for them. And they got all their A-list friends to help. She definitely deserved it.”
Indeed, Ashton Kutcher and Gwyneth Paltrow both showed their support for Rumer, taking to their social media accounts to try and boost her numbers.
“People love the show, watch and root for people but they don’t vote,” Mark said about his experience being partnered with Shields.
“She should have been in the finals. She had the skills and the personality.”
But there are no bad feelings he told Radar, and complimented Rumer, saying: “She was awesome.”
To read the full interview including how they are helping others to quit smoking, see Radar Online.
Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas attended the Rabbit Hole Speakeasy at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort on May 30, 2015 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. You can view some fun photos of him, his girlfriend BC Jean, and other celebrities at Getty Images.
Mark Ballas And Shirley Ballas held an event in New York City today to help people quit smoking. You can read all about their “What’s Your Why” campaign here. If you’d like to see them dance at the event in Times Square, see this twitter link. Look at Shirley go!
ETA: Here is Mark with Fox Business talking about smoking, how he was able to quit, and taking the first step…
ETA2: Below is Mark with Fox and Friends. Shirley pops in at the end too…
This is so cool. Mark Ballas And Shirley Ballas are holding an event in New York City to help people who smoke to quit. More below from PR Newswire.
PARSIPPANY, N.J., May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Every smoker has a reason for how they started smoking and why they want to quit. With one of the largest global quit-smoking days approaching, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSKCH) and its Nicorette® and NicoDerm® CQ® smoking cessation brands are encouraging smokers to share their “why” for quitting by providing them the “how” at a free What’s Your Why?™ Smoke Swap event.
The event will take place in New York’s Times Square on Wednesday, May 27, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., anchored by a 20-foot smashed-out cigarette butt. Adult smokers will be encouraged to share and celebrate who or what motivates them to quit – their “why.” All smokers who want to jumpstart a quit attempt will receive support from smoking cessation experts and free quit-smoking product and resources, including a starter pack of Nicorette® gum, NicoDerm® CQ® patches or a $10 coupon towards Nicorette® mini Lozenges.
“It is such an inspiration to hear the “why” from smokers who have quit. What we are learning, too, is each “why” is as individual as the person who shares it. But if I had to share the most common one, I would say it’s a family member’s encouragement. It’s invaluable to smokers who have made this life-changing decision,” said Lisa Maxwell Anekwe, senior brand manager, Smoking Cessation. “We want to help every smoker in his or her effort to quit by providing tools and resources, like Nicorette® and NicoDerm® CQ®, which have helped millions of smokers all over the world in their quit attempt.”(1)
“Dancing with the Stars'” Mark Ballas, who quit smoking more than one year ago, and his mother, world-renowned ballroom dancer and former 40-year smoker Shirley Ballas, will be on site from 2-4 p.m. meeting fans, providing quit tips and taking the stage for a dance demonstration.
“I was very inspired as a child by my mom. So when I put my mind towards quitting smoking, I knew she was going to be the best support and partner. It was the right choice for both of us and we did it together,” said Mark Ballas.
“Mark is my world. I would do anything for him – even quitting smoking. When he asked me to do this with him, I couldn’t say yes fast enough, but there are still times I struggle with cravings. When that happens, I remind myself of my “why” – being there for Mark and my future grandchildren – and it gives me the strength to remain smoke-free,” said Shirley Ballas.
To read the full press release, see PR Newswire.
Dancing with the Stars Season 20, The Final Performances – Let’s Discuss Tonight’s Show!! (Spoilers)
Well, I took an unscientific poll of Derek fans. Everyone appears to be voting Riker. Granted, I have 11k followers and only about 30 people responded to the tweet…but only one or two said they were voting Noah. Everyone else said Riker. I have NO idea if this is the best course of action. One minute I think Riker has a better shot, then five seconds later I’m thinking Noah is getting a ton of votes. The fact that they called Riker safe makes me think that he was the one that was only 1.5% ahead of Nastia…then five minutes later I think that he was in first place. I have no idea.
As I preach every week in my “Dancing by the Numbers” post, it’s NOT just the voters, but the judges as well. Their points count for half. Generally, the finale and semi-final can go one of two ways. The judges rank the couples by handing out scores that put someone in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place OR they throw out scores in such a way to create a tie – that’s called throwing it to the audience. Which way will they go?? Well, if they throw it to the audience, I expect that it’s Rumer’s to lose. After all their hard, hard work this season in making sure Val gets a MBT, are they likely to throw it to the audience if she didn’t have it in the bag? Maybe, maybe not. I feel schizophrenic. At the end of the day, if Noah is within three points, I would want to vote for him. However…if all the Derek fans are going with Riker, well then I should go with them, right?? :::sigh::: We’ll discuss this again at the end of round one. 😉
Okay, Noah up first with his AT.
He was pretty unsteady in spots…but a 32 may be the nail in his coffin, depending on how the other two do.
Riker up next with his Paso – which he pretty much killed. If he gets nitpicked, I’ll be pissed.
Standing ovation from Len?? Either Riker is doing horrible in votes or he’s doing amazing. No middle ground.
Aren’t you shocked that Rumer is going last?? I know I am. (end sarcasm)
Okay, required Rumer tears…check. Required Val kindness…check. Required repeat of Len’s prediction that it’s Val’s season…check.
A bit out of sync…and still rather hard. Bruno mentions “hollywood royalty” and “dancing royalty”. CAI says poetry in motion. Oy veh. Long night.
Difference after round one….Noah needs about 72k more votes per million votes cast to beat either Rumer or Riker. Biggest Margin ever, I think. This will change after the freestyles, but it looks like I’m voting Noah.
Okay, Noah’s freestyle was killer. I loved it. It best be a perfect score. They’ve handicapped him enough.
Dance party in the red room and Erin makes a funny at Redfoo.
Aaannnndd…Noah gets a perfect score. Well deserved but it also seemed pre-planned.
Lot’s of pressure on Rumer and Val because Riker just slayed it with a fun, different, cool free style.
Welp, I’m voting Riker….I hope you do too. 😀
Someone explain to me how that was a freestyle?? And how it was markedly different from anything else she did all season long. Me thinks they missed the whole point of a freestyle.
Gee, where have I heard that bit about stripping it down….oh, that’s right, DEREK.
Okay, with a diferential of about 35k votes, I’m voting Riker. You also have to remember there is a dance that is scored tomorrow. Need to vote to make up for the underscoring that Riker will likely get.