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“Burn the Floor” Stars Mark Ballas and Giselle Peacock

Mark Ballas will partner with Giselle Peacock in "Burn the Floor"

Mark Ballas will partner with Giselle Peacock in "Burn the Floor"

Broadway Series South will present Burn the Floor: Ballroom Reinvented, starring Mark Ballas with Giselle Peacock, on Nov. 30-Dec.5 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, NC.

According to Broadway Series South:

“The producers of Burn the Floor, Broadway’s Latin and Ballroom dance spectacular, [have] announced … that Mark Ballas of TV’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ will join the touring company of Burn the Floor for a limited engagement, beginning Nov. 30th 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).

“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 Medalist to twice winning the International Open to the World. He’s [recently] compet[ed] on his seventh season of America’s Number 1 TV show, ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ having already won the competition twice in past seasons. Mark [Ballas] is currently in the studio recording his debut solo CD, ‘The HurtLoveBox,’ which will be distributed exclusively through Wal-Mart later this month.

“‘We are thrilled that Mark will be appearing in the U.S. Tour [of Burn the Floor]. 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,’ says Harley Medcalf, Burn the Floor creator and producer.

“[Mark] Ballas will be partnered with Giselle Peacock, known to U.S. audiences from her appearances on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ and ‘Superstars of Dance.’ She began dancing at the age of 10, studying ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, and modern dance. As a competitive dancer, Giselle [Peacock] has captured both U.S. and British Youth Championship titles.

“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. All three have been seen on TV’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ in the U.S. (Janette Manrara and Karen Hauer, Top 10 Finalists) and in Australia (Robbie Kmetoni, 2010 Winner).

“Years before ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ turned Ballroom Dancing into must-see TV, Burn the Floor was blazing a new dance trail and igniting stages around the globe. In Burn the Floor, Ballroom Dance is totally reinvented. All the dance styles are refreshed and invigorated and leave audiences grinning with delight and screaming for more. You see and feel, live on stage, all the passion, drama, and sizzling excitement of 20 gorgeous world-champion dancers in a true theatrical experience, a performance with a grace and athleticism that The New York Times calls, ‘Dazzling!’ and The Times (London) calls ‘the summer’s hottest ticket’!

Burn the Floor is directed and choreographed by Jason Gilkison. The national tour of Burn the Floor launched in Portland, OR, on Sept. 7, 2010, and continues through spring of 2011. For a full list of tour cities, please visit http://www.burnthefloor.com/.”

SECOND OPINION: Nov. 26th Raleigh, NC News & Observer preview by Adrienne Johnson Martin: http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/11/26/824942/bristols-dance-partner-headed.html.

Broadway Series South presents BURN THE FLOOR, starring Mark Ballas and Giselle Peacock, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 8 p.m. Dec. 3, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 4, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601.

TICKETS: $16-$70.

BOX OFFICE: Progress Energy Center Box Office: 919/831-6060 (information only). Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000, 919/834-4000, or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115203/803589.

SHOW: http://broadwayseriessouth.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Calendar&file=listevent-bss2008&eid=10040.

VIDEO PREVIEWS: http://broadwayseriessouth.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Calendar&file=listevent-bss2008&eid=10040&type=video.

PRESENTER: http://www.broadwayseriessouth.com/.

VENUE: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/page.php?mode=privateview&pageID=21.

DIRECTIONS/PARKING: http://www.progressenergycenter.com/page.php?mode=privateview&pageID=37.

NOTE: Arts Access, Inc. of Raleigh (http://www.artsaccessinc.org/) will audio describe the 2 p.m. Dec. 4th performance.

OTHER LINKS:

Burn the Floor: http://www.burnthefloor.com/ (official website) and http://www.ibdb.com/show.php?id=484013 (Internet Broadway Database).

The Making of “Burn the Floor”: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1086330/ (Internet Movie Database).

Mark Ballas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Ballas (Wikipedia) and http://www.markballas.com/blog/ (official fan site).

Giselle Peacock: http://www.gisellepeacock.com/ (official website).

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