Mall patrons wiggled their hips and shuffled their feet Friday to the sounds of salsa music as they were given free dance lessons from professional dancers, including the partner of last year’s “Dancing With the Stars” winner.
Professional dancer Mark Ballas — who helped Kristi Yamaguchi win last year’s hit TV dance contest show — taught Glendale Galleria patrons a step or two about how to move gracefully on the dance floor and groove to the beats of the Latin dance known as salsa.
“Hopefully, I’ll get some people to learn some new dance steps,” he said.
Ballas, who has been dancing since he was 4, and his mother, Shirley Ballas, a world-champion dancer, showed the patrons a quick salsa dance. Mark Ballas’ father, Corky Ballas, a professional ballroom dancer, also dances on the TV show.