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BALLROOM WITH A TWIST: Samba, Rumba, Jazz 'n Jive!
A City Lights Concert
Friday, January 17, 8pm
Saturday, January 18, 8pm

Matthew Garbutt, conductor
Mark Ballas and Peta Murgatroyd, featured dancers
Gina Glocksen, vocals
Von Smith, vocals

Tango, Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Jive – and then some! Conceived and choreographed by Dancing with the Stars’ Emmy®-nominated Louis van Amstel, "Ballroom with a Twist" is back by popular demand! Don’t miss this evening of grace, athleticism and passion. With a cast of international dancers (including DWTS faves Mark Ballas and Peta Murgatroyd) and a pair of American Idol singers (Gina Glocksen and Von Smith), you’ll be swept away with this sensational production!

Note: Single ticket prices for these concerts may increase without notice.

Check out this exciting promotional footage of Ballroom with a Twist featuring our guests Peta Murgatroyd, Von Smith and Gina Glocksen!


Emmy®-nominated Mark Ballas is recognized worldwide as a multifaceted entertainer and singer songwriter. Known for his dynamic energy and bold choreography, Mark stormed the US scene over six years ago, captivating over 20 million viewers per week on the ABC sensation, Dancing with the Stars. Named by Clear Channel as the 2011 “Artist to Watch,” he has emerged as a recording artist, signing a major deal with publishing powerhouse, BMG. Mark has recently opened for Robin Thicke. After his sold out show at the Trouabadour in West Hollywood, he performed at Will. I. Am’s “Trans4rm” Pre-Grammy® party where he shared the stage with the Black Eyed Peas Band. In 2011 Mark was the winner of MTV’s Freshman Five.

As part of the professional cast of Dancing with the Stars for the past eleven seasons, Mark has proven to be not only a fan favorite, but is also 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 he caused a media frenzy when he took performance newcomer Bristol Palin all the way to the finals in Season 11. In season 13, he and his partner, Welsh singing sensation Katherine Jenkins, made it to the finals, finishing in second place. In addition to dancing, Mark is widely respected for his choreography and was nominated for a 2011 Creative Arts Emmy® for Outstanding Choreography for Season 12. That same year, he was also tapped to choreograph the hugely popular television commercial for Diet Pepsi starring Sofia Vergara.

Born in Houston to a family of international dance stars and musicians, Mark moved to London as a child, where he attended the world-renowned Italia Conti Performing Arts School and graduated with honors. Here, he was required to not only dance, but also sing, act and play an instrument. He began playing the guitar at the age of nine, training in classic flamenco. By age 12 he was writing and performing his own music, playing guitar, drums and bass.

As an actor Mark has played the lead in the musical Copacabana. He also took on roles in the UK National Tour of Maria de Buenos Aires, and was an understudy for one of the leads in Buddy, The Buddy Holly Musical, which won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical. In television, he has guest starred on Melissa and Joey and Samantha Who?

When Mark isn't performing, he is passionate about speaking to school age kids about acceptance and mental health. Nine years ago, Mark and his family were forever altered by the suicide of his Uncle David. Mark and his mother Shirley (David's sister) formed The Ballas Foundation in the fall of 2010. Mark and Shirley are committed to removing the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide by raising money and inspiring volunteerism in support of suicide awareness.


Peta Murgatroyd was born in Auckland, New Zealand and raised in Perth, Western Australia. She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she continues to dance and has embarked on a career in television. Peta studied Classical Ballet since the age of four and trained for 12 years under former principal dancer of the Kirov Ballet Madame Lubov Nikonorenko. She has also been trained in Contemporary and Spanish dance.

Since beginning ballroom dancing, Peta quickly became an Australian State Champion within three months, leading her to move to London to further her career. Amongst many international competitions she finished 2nd in the Great World City Championships, was a semi-finalist in the Lion City Championships in Singapore and was a finalist in the Australian Open championships. Peta’s most memorable success was being placed 3rd in the world at the British Youth Latin Championships in Blackpool 2006.

Peta Murgatroyd was chosen to be a cast member of Burn the Floor in 2004, which has sold in excess of four million tickets in over 30 countries and 160 cities worldwide, and toured the world with them for six years. Burn the Floor then landed on Broadway in August 2009, where Peta was the lead female dancer. After achieving her life-long goal of being on Broadway, she ended her run with the production in January 2010 to pursue a career in film and television. Peta has performed regularly on the hit shows Dancing with the Stars in Australia and America and So You Think You Can Dance in Australia and Holland.

Currently Peta is in her third season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, having just won the Mirror Ball Trophy with her partner Donald Driver. She has choreographed and performed with great artists Heart, Rod Stewart, Taio Cruz and Enrique Iglesias. She toured with the ballroom dancing company “Ballroom with a Twist” in 2010 for their Canadian tour. Peta’s life has always revolved around dance and she couldn’t ask for a more rewarding career.

Gina Glocksen is best known as the 9th place finalist of the 6th season of the mega-hit television show American Idol. Although Gina was often referred to as the “rocker chick,” her musical influences and abilities range far beyond the realm of rock. While on the show, Gina’s genuine candor and charming wit made her a favorite of millions which helped her to continue her career in entertainment as co-host on the FOX Reality show American Idol Extra.

Gina’s original music infuses the passion and attitude of a rock-n-roll rebel with precision and soul of the modern “diva.” Since her time on Idol, Gina has toured North America on the “American Idols Live” Tour and continues to perform around the country with “Ballroom with a Twist” as well as showcasing her original music. Gina recently rocked the stadiums by opening for Bret Michaels and his tour. In addition to working in television Gina continues to write and record original music with the help of many great musicians including Samantha Maloney (former drummer of Hole and Motley Crue) and Geoff Repo (son of legendary rock producer Bob Ezrin) to name a few. Glocksen’s captivating personality and edgy style have helped the world to see that this girl is a talent who cannot be ignored.

In March of 2011 her first single, “Superhero,” was released. Gina Glocksen most recently performed with the San Diego Symphony in 2012 for Summer Pops’ Star-Spangled Pops concert, conducted by the late Marvin Hamlisch in his final San Diego appearance.


Von Smith was most recently seen on Nigel Lythgoe’s new TV show Opening Act, where he was chosen by Lady Gaga to be her opening act on her tour in Australia. First introduced to the world when his version of "And I Am Telling You (I'm Not Going)" from Dreamgirls became a sensation on YouTube, Von has garnered a legion of fans and has performed on some of the most celebrated stages in the U.S. including ABC's The View (by personal invitation of Rosie O'Donnell), BET's 106th and Park, MTV News, VH1's Best Week Ever, E Entertainment Television's The Soup, TV Azteca's La Academia and, perhaps his biggest stage, American Idol Season Eight as one of the top 17 finalists.

When he's not rocking out on national stages across the country with fellow idol buddies, Von has been seen around the Los Angeles area in several “Upright Cabaret” productions, as well as leading roles in an LA-based series of shows called "For The Record," paying tribute to the soundtrack songs and iconic moments from films by noted directors such as Quentin Tarantino, John Hughes, Baz Luhrman, Paul Thomas Anderson and most recently Martin Scorsese. He is currently working on his first EP.

In 2012 Von Smith appeared at the San Diego Symphony’s Summer Pops, performing for conductor Marvin Hamlisch on what turned out to be the late Mr. Hamlisch’s final San Diego appearance.

January 17 - January 18, 2014

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