Mark and Heather are competing in Dancing with Boulder Stars 2019!Based on the hit TV show, this event features local celebrities who are partnered with professional dancers. The teams undergo an exhilarating rehearsal process which culminates in a live dance competition at the historic Boulder Theater on Wednesday, November 6th.
Fans of the teams vote for their favorite via donations which benefit YWCA Boulder County. The team that raises the most wins the championship! These contributions support essential services in our community, such as emergency drop-in child care, youth empowerment programs, and racial equity programs. For more info on YWCA, please visit www.ywcaboulder.org.
ABOUT MARK RAGAN
Mark Ragan is a former national political reporter and the owner of a Chicago-based communications company.
While Mark remains a political news junkie, his real passion is for the arts. Last year, after hiring a new CEO to run his company, Mark embarked on his second career as actor and theater producer. He is the founder of Peak to Peak Players, a two-year-old family and children's theater based in Central City. In the past year, Mark played Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet at the Dairy Arts Center and will soon be seen as Scrooge in the Backstage Theater's production of a Christmas Carol in Breckenridge.
Though Mark has never danced publicly — until now — he is a passionate lover of dance. He fell in love with ballet during an 18-year stint as a Ballet Dad for his oldest daughter Cate.
ABOUT HEATHER CINO
Heather was born to dance! She has been movin’ and groovin’ since a young age, and with support from her parents and an endless curiosity, she leapt from dance to dance. Her exploration of movement continues today, and she is always hungry for more. From the classics of Ballet and Tap to the venturing of Irish Step, Belly Dance, and African, she finds there is always more to learn. After finishing college, Heather dove head first into yet another new style and learned ballroom dance for the first time. Here she fell in love with dance once again. Heather has traveled and danced around the world, opening new doors of discovery, and is looking forward to seeing where dance and curiosity bring her next.
Heather is especially excited to join Dancing with Boulder Stars in order to support YWCA’s work and mission. Throughout her travels abroad she experienced different cultures and witnessed systemic discrimination based on race, gender, age, sexual orientation, and more, and she is alarmed by the oppression that she has seen as a result of such prejudices. She also observed other cultures that cultivated equality and freedom for all. As a result of these experiences, Heather feels passionately that in addition to dancing, her purpose is to help others feel at home, safe, and free in their own skin.