Photos by Al Powers
Friday night Mark Ballas, who turned 24 last week, celebrated at TAO. The two time Dancing With The Stars champion started the night with dinner at TAO Asian Bistro with a group of friends that included Ashley Roberts – an original Pussycat Doll. They sipped Orange Dragon specialty cocktails while dining on Pot Stickers, Lobster Wontons and Sausage Fried Rice.
After dinner they took over a sky box in the nightclub where they were joined by fellow Dancing With The Stars pros Cheryl Burke, Edyta Sliwinskya and Alec Mazo and actress Shannon Elizabeth, who competed on the sixth season of the show. Ballas was surprised with a cake made to look like the Dancing With the Stars trophy and course the dancers made the most of DJ Reach’s soundtrack for the night – even having a dance off in the sky box overlooking the packed club. Ballas jumped into the DJ booth, got on the mic and screamed, “Vegas, who’s ready to party?!”
The Dancing With The Stars night continued as 2nd season contestant Stacy Keibler dined at TAO with friends.
Also spotted dining under the watchful eye of TAO’s Buddha was Chuy Bravo – Chelsea Handler’s sidekick, and Chris Franjola, a comedian who appears regularly on Chelsea Lately on E! The group enjoyed signature dishes.
Up in the nightclub Washington Redskin Larry Johnson returned for the second night in a row and enjoyed Belvedere cocktails and Patron.