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Shirley Ballas

Shirley Ballas

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Oozing charisma and style, Shirley Ballas is one of the world’s most famous Latin and Ballroom dancers who is perhaps best known for being the head judge on Strictly Come Dancing. 

Also among the UK’s most popular TV presenters, Shirley can also be found at events up and down the country working as an expert after-dinner speaker or event host. Sure to bring a touch of sophistication to every occasion she attends, if you’re looking to add glamour to your event then Shirley is your woman. 

As a young dancer, Shirley won a whole host of prestigious Latin and Ballroom dancing events. This includes the Blackpool Dance Festival on a number of occasions. In the mid-80s, Shirley and her dance partner and husband Corky Ballas moved to Texas in order to tackle dance competitions on the other side of the pond. They were immensely successful, winning a whole host of awards and during her after-dinner speaking engagements, she’s able to provide audiences with a number of captivating anecdotes from this time.

After retiring from professional dancing in 1996, Shirley became renowned as one of the best dance instructors in the world and has coached the likes of Julianne and Derek Hough. She also spent time working with the professional dancers on the American talent show Dancing With The Stars providing her expert insight and advice. 

It was in 2017 when Shirley’s presence really caught the attention of the British public when she replaced Len Goodman as head judge on Strictly Come Dancing. Appearing on the BBC’s primetime Saturday night show ever since, her strict but fair advice and criticism to the celebrities learning to dance has been widely praised by viewers. When booked as an after-dinner speaker, Shirley is always happy to discuss what life is like working for one of the UK’s most-watched TV shows, offering behind the scenes tidbits and fascinating tales from the programme. 

Since returning to the UK, she’s also become a much-loved TV personality starring on such shows as, Taskmaster, Saturday Kitchen, Loose Women, The Great British Sewing Bee and more. 

When you book Shirley Ballas as a speaker or event host you’ll receive a certain level of style and class that can really elevate your event. As well as this, she’s always happy to answer any questions audiences may have, ensuring everyone thoroughly enjoys the occasion. To book Shirley, get in touch with Evolve today.

Topics and Themes

  • Celebrity
  • Dancing
  • Television

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