Mark Ballas puts best foot forward for celebrity dance event
In recent years, shows such as “Dancing With the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” have had fans glued to their seats, following along with some of the country’s most talented dancers as they compete for top honors.
Now the Covey Center for the Arts is doing fans one better, bringing some of those same dancers to its Provo stage for a one-night-only performance hosted by “Dancing With the Stars” celebrity dancer Mark Ballas.
“We are really excited about bringing Mark Ballas and the other celebrity dancers into the Covey Center,” said Stephanie Ducharme, marketing specialist at the venue. “We wanted to make sure there was a dance performance as a part of the Mayor’s Series so when [it was suggested we bring] in Mark Ballas from ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ we were really excited about the opportunity.”
With the help of Mindy Arnold of Vibe Dance Studio in Pleasant Grove, and coordination efforts with Ballas, the event was planned, and has only gotten better over the weeks as more celebrities agreed to step in.
“Just the fact that [people] can go to a show in Provo and have that talent on the stage coming to them from all over the country [is] exciting,” said Arnold, who worked to help organize the event. “Some of the best young dancers are coming to them from all over the country. Every number is different, and it will be a fast-paced show with something in it for everyone of every age.”
“It will be a fun show that I think people will really enjoy,” Ducharme said. “We were very excited at the prospect of having him here as well as all the guest stars he’ll be bringing with him. It’s been a thrill so far.”
The official lineup for the evening is set to include Ballas as the headliner for the event, with guest stars Tristan MacManus and Oksana Dmytrenko of “Dancing With the Stars” and Lindsay Arnold, Cyrus Spencer, Alexa Anderson and Matthew Kazmierczak of “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Also being featured at the event are the Vibe Dancers and the Utah Urban Dance Organization.
According to Arnold, Ballas helped to spearhead the organization for the show, which will include all styles of dance, including ballroom, hip-hop, Latin, jazz and contemporary, with a touch of both music and comedy.
“We invited [Ballas] in and he gathered who he thought would be the best of the best for the show he wanted to put on,” Arnold said. “He will be the host of the show, and he’ll be dancing in it as well as singing and playing the guitar. It will be a night of great dancing, laughter and great live music as well.”
Another benefit of the show, according to Arnold, is that it displays the potential available to aspiring Utah artists.
“There are such exciting things happening right now with dancing in the area,” she said. “This show is a really good representation of what’s in Utah, but it also is bringing in these outside artists in an awe-inspiring way to show [dancers] what their future can be if they work hard and continue to train.”
Arnold said that since the show is one-night only, it provides an added measure of excitement.
“There’s just an energy about it — an excitement with the audience that this is the only time they get to see all these dancers on stage at the same time,” she said. “It will be a night of spectacular music and dance that you won’t want to miss!”