Author Visit 2013

Corky Ballas

Corky Ballas has been dancing since he was six years old in Houston, Texas. That year, he earned a first place medal.
He started as a Flamenco dancer and then tried the style, American Latin dance - referred to now as ‘Rhythm’. As an adult, he was the United States Pro/Am champion for three years. Teamed with his partner (then wife), he was the undefeated United States Champion for eight years. He moved to England for 16 years and was the British National Champion and then the World Champion. Corky is the only United States citizen to ever win the World Professional Latin title.
In 2005, a show called “Dancing with the Stars” became a hot, new television series that features ballroom dancing. The series is based on professional ballroom dancers who teach other actors, athletes and performers how to transform the steps they learn into many different types of ballroom dances such as the cha-cha, the tango, the waltz, the rumba, the quick-step, to name only a few. Corky Ballas has been one of the professionals to partner with a celebrity and compete on “Dancing with the Stars”.
Corky trains kids and adults to win in every area of their lives. He is known for his Creative Choreography, music editing, music creation, costume design, and show productions. He is the author of a technique book called, “SEE IT AND DO IT Rumba” and the “Arthur Murray Dance Latin Syllabus” which is used in over 200 schools nationwide. He has filmed over 70 instructional dance DVDs and is now in the process of releasing his first Children’s Book: “Dance with My Kitten”.
Corky will be a guest author at Oak Meadow on February 25th and 26th. He will read his debut children’s book, “Dance with My Kitten”, to students in kinder-5th grade and get students involved in learning a basic step of the cha-cha. We will be sending the book order form and schedule information home with students on Tuesday, February 19th.


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