Billy Blanks Jr. Update

Billy Blanks Jr. on Shark Tank Show

Dance With Me Fitness - Season 3 - Episode - Update
seen on Shark Tank season 3, episode 315, update
Billy Jr. and Sharon Blanks
"Dance With Me" Master Instructors
  Billy Blanks Jr. came into the Shark Tank sporting a very familiar last name most of us have already heard from the Tae Bo exercise program made famous by his dad, Billy Blanks. What his dad did with the martial arts exercise program making TaeBo the highest selling exercise video in history, Billy Blanks Jr. is trying to duplicate the success with highly motivating dancing instructions instead. Billy Blanks Jr. and his wife Sharon Catherine Blankscame into the Shark Tank with quite an emotional story on their journey to make the "Dance With Me" program a success. It was clear he did not want to walk in his famous father's footsteps and was determined to make it on his own without any help from his wealthy Dad.

Billy Jr. and Sharon Catherine entered the Shark Tank prepared with a complete line of exercise DVDs consisting of the Dance with Me Boot Camp, Fat Burning Hip Hop, Cardio Fit, Grove and Run and an instructor certification program. They were looking for a $100,000 investment in exchange for a 20% stake in the dancing company they built from scratch. In the process the Blanks became homeless as a result of trying to finance their company on their own.
It appeared (at least too me) that the great martial artist had a problem with his Son dancing for a living and refused to help his own Son.

Billy Blanks Jr. Turns Down The Sharks Offer

Daymond John already has a strategic partner with Zumba and thinks that the Billy Blanks Jr. dancing program would make a great fit. John along with Mark Cuban offer the Blanks $100,000.00 but they want 50% of the entire business along with all DVD sales. One of his main concerns that was part of a deal being completed was if Billy Banks Jr. could even use his own name that is has already been branded by his dad. (Imagine That) Mark wants in on the deal purely for his distribution contacts and the fact he loves too dance as seen on Dancing With The Stars.

Billy Jr. gets the impression that Daymond and Marks offer will dilute his brand he has been trying to build with every ounce of energy he has. He almost seems afraid if Zumba gets involved the "Dance with Me Videos" will just be another DVD and will get lost in the crowd. Mark and Daymond try to explain a deal with Zumba is for distribution purposes only and will help build his Brand. Billy and Sharon end up walking away from a deal with the Sharks rather then risk a part of the negotiations I don't think they quite understood.

Daymond John knows they are about (actually already did) to blow a huge opportunity that will drastically build the Billy Blanks Jr. Brand. John actually walks out of the Shark Tank and convinces the Blanks he really does have their best interest at heart and the Billy Blanks Jr. Brand will stand on it's own. After an emotional few seconds the Blanks agree on a deal with both Daymond John and Mark Cuban.

Daymond Johns twitter account exploded with new followers and new fans across the globe after he exposed that even Sharks have a heart and some of them are pure gold!

Billy Blank's Jr. After the Shark Tank Update


 The deal with Billy, Sharon, Daymond and Mark Cuban did indeed get signed and they got the $100k they needed to continue building the Billy Blanks Jr. Brand. As promised, there is no mention on the Zumba Dancing Site about the Billy Blanks Jr. workouts, but they still might be involved with distribution which was part of the original negotiations.


 The Billy Blank's Jr. Brand did strike a deal with Lionsgate Entertainment which is a huge distribution company that anyone would love to be associated with. They are the most successful television and independent film distributors in the entire country and they are now showing Billy's video's on television a regular basis.

By the looks of the Meet The Blanks Media page, Billy and Sharon have been featured on, well I wouldn't even know where to begin. Clearly the media loves these two and sure has been giving them an enormous amount of good publicity. The fact that Billy said they were homeless for a period of time while getting his Brand recognized, really hit home for a lot of people and did show Billy and Sharon's commitment to succeed no matter what. There was very little said about this during the Shark Tank Show but I did find this article where Billy explains the lengths they went through to disguise their lack of finances. I bet they wouldn't trade those memories for anything.

This is definitely a Great Success Story that has the potential of being the highest selling exercise video's in history. The all time record is still currently held by his own dad, Billy Blanks.

Check Out Billy Blanks Jr. Most Famous Workouts

19 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:16 PM

    Good Luck Billy Jr and Sharon. We'll be rooting for ya tonight. KP ;()

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  2. Billy and Sharon are such good people. So happy for them!

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  3. Can anyone tell if they still gave up 50%?

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  4. Anonymous3:16 PM

    A lot of their success, including the Lionsgate deal, were from before they were on Shark Tank. He mentioned that he was on Lionsgate when he came on Shark Tank.

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  5. Anonymous12:22 PM

    Wow what a stunning looking couple! Love t see them together working through hardships and energizing others in the process. Good luck.

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  6. I think the deal Daymond and Mark offered is a good one. Kudos to Daymond for taking the time and better explain the deal which led to Billy Jr and Sharon to accept. I wish success to all!

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  7. Anonymous10:21 AM

    WoW! I love you both,the energy you both have for dance!I am a dancer and would like to work with both of you....from the state of PA.I wish all success and keep this world dancing!

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  8. Arlene10:36 AM

    Billy, Sharon I just bought all three of your workout videos. I'm looking forward to the workout. God Bless you both.

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  9. Anonymous2:15 PM

    I have taken Billy and Sharons classes with them and had the best time of my life !!!!!..... They are both unbelievably kind sweet exuberant passionate and incredibly wonderful wonderful wonderful people and wish them great success !!!!!..... they truly deserve it....

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  10. Anonymous2:21 PM

    I wish these two beautiful and wonderful souls great success...... born with 2 left feet and zero rhythm... I had the great fortune of taking their classes at 24 hour fitness in Los Angeles........and they turned me into a uninhibited dance warrior and they truly transformed my life and set me free !!! Go Billy and Sharon !!! LA loves you !!!!!XOXOXXOXOXXOXOXOX You are my angels and inspiration !!!!!!

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  11. Anonymous12:46 PM

    Did they give up 50% of their business to get 100k? Sometimes it's time to forgive family and reach out for funding. I think it would have been better Billy and Sharon to ask his dad, Billy Sr. to come in as a partner before giving up 50% of his business to the SHARKS!!! FAMILY FIRST!!! js2ta


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  12. Anonymous2:42 PM

    If you read the article below, you may find out why Billy Sr. wasn't involved.
    http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20110126/fitness-gurus-son-billy-blanks-jr-and-his-wife-journey-from-the-edge-of-homelessness-to-success

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  13. Anonymous11:01 PM

    I have the upmost respect for Damon

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  14. Anonymous11:03 PM

    I LOVE Daymond John and good luck Billy and Sharon! Get a trainer here in South Orange County California! Cannot wait to take your classes and I will look for the DVD's ! :) Best, Elizabeth :)

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  15. Anonymous11:12 PM

    Just bought the DVD, I also have most of his dad's dvd, luv the work out. Was watching the shark tank episode and so GLAD he finally realized what they were saying. 50% of something is better than 100% of nothing.

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  16. Anonymous10:28 AM

    I t was the first time I cried watching Shark Tank. Daymond has such a good heart and I loved Billy and Sharon´s story. Good luck and keep on shinning.

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  17. Anonymous7:01 PM

    Love you so much Daymond for such a humble person you are.

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  18. Anonymous7:03 PM

    wish you all the best

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  19. I cried too because Damon can be so tough but to see him make that move to convince Billy Jr to take the deal was really touching. Billy Jr. did not quite understand and it was nice to see him not want to give up his company to Zumba as he thought that they were offering. I am happy for them.

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