Mark Ballas, Speaker, Dancing with the Stars
A lifelong dancer and musician, Emmy-nominated Mark Ballas has wowed over 20 million viewers on ABC’s number one show, Dancing with the Stars, for 11 seasons. No stranger to the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy, he is a two-time champion (Season 6 with Kristi Yamaguchi and Season 8 with Shawn Johnson) and caused a media frenzy when he took performance newcomer Bristol Palin all the way to the finals in Season 11 and re-partnered with her in Season 14. Ballas garnered a 2011 Creative Arts Emmy nomination for Outstanding Choreography for his creative pieces during Season 12, where he and his partner, Disney star Chelsea Kane, made it to the finals, finishing in third place. In season 13, he and his partner, Welsh singing sensation Katherine Jenkins, made it to the finals, finishing in second pace. Recently, they reunited for a final dance together on the UK sensation Strictly Come Dancing. Learn more about Mark and all of our other great speakers here.