In August we were invited to film promotional videos
for the Killick Klassik in Boca Raton, Florida
for Shirley Ballas!
Yes, THAT Shirley Ballas - World Latin Dance Champion
& Dance Instructor to the Stars of
Dancing With The Stars!
|photo credit - Mark's Facebook|
Shirley Ballas and Mark Ballas
|photo credit - Shirley's Facebook|
Derek Hough and Shirley Ballas
We love a good road trip, and the 11 hour drive
from Wilmington, NC to Boca Raton flew by
as Jennifer prepared us for the task at hand
by reading aloud from Derek's new book "Taking the Lead!"
We needed it because, other than being loyal fans of
"Dancing With The Stars,"
we were new to the glitz & glam world of
Ballroom DanceSport Competition!!!
The Killick Klassik is held at the fabulous
Waldorf Astoria Resort & Beach Club.
Though the Waldorf was completely booked,
we did find a place to lay our heads
- with a not too shabby view from our balcony!!!
(You can see all the pink buildings
of the Waldorf Resort in the background!)
And OUR hotel came with nightly
fresh baked chocolate chip cookies
- and a very unique nook in the lobby
equipped with books for reading bedtime stories -
"Where the Wild Things Are" and "Oh, The Places You'll Go!"
seemed like the obvious selections!!! ;););)
So in the land of Boca, where everyone is tan
and wearing light, bright clothes,
we Divas were quite the contrast -
being so white in black!!! ;););)
But we were feeling inspired - Strictly Ballroom -
this Dance Competition was pure elegance!!!
...BUT we did fit in with our Diva red lipstick!!! ;););)
While shooting the "Behind-the-Scenes" footage,
we got to know some of the people who work closely with Shirley.
Two of our favorites were Yulia Musikhina
(who lived and trained with Shirley, and won the first Italian DWTS),
and her husband and dance partner, Iannaccone Ferdinando.
To watch them dance - beauty in motion!
(You'll see what we mean when the Videos are posted!)
We got some great footage of Mark & Derek interacting
during the "Champagne Meet & Greet."
(Can you spot Diva #1 hard at work in the background?!)
It was an intimate gathering for Q & A where things got real
- including Derek discovering he had a hole in his pants
and Mark responding with a subsequent rap about it!
(Again, wait until you see the Video!!! ;););)