Mark Ballas

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Mark Ballas
Birth name Mark Alexander Ballas, Jr.
Born (1986-05-24) May 24, 1986 (age 27)
Houston, Texas, USA
Genres Pop/Rock
Occupations Singer, dancer, guitarist
Years active 1999–present
Labels Hit Play-Sony Red
Associated acts Julianne Hough
Derek Hough
Website Official Site

Mark Alexander Ballas, Jr. (born May 24, 1986)[1] is an American dancer.

Ballas is a professional ballroom dancer on the ABC program Dancing with the Stars. He began competing on the show in the fall of 2007. He was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography in 2011. He is also a singer/songwriter/musician and released his first solo CD HurtLoveBox in March 2011.

Early life[edit]

Ballas was born in Houston, Texas, the son of dancers Corky Ballas[2] and Shirley Ballas (née Rich).[3] His paternal grandparents were of Mexican, Spanish, and Greek background, and his mother is originally from the United Kingdom.[4][citation needed] His paternal grandfather, George Ballas, was the inventor of the Weed Eater lawn-trimming device.[5]

Ballas attended Rosemead Preparatory school in South London, and was in the same year as acclaimed British ballet dancer Max Westwell of the English National Ballet.

At the age of 11, he earned a full-time slot at the Academy, as well as earning a full scholarship to the college. In 2005, he was awarded "Performer of the Year". He then moved on to win championships at The British Open to the World, The US Open to the World, and The International Open to the World. With his former partner Julianne Hough, he won the Junior Latin American Dance Championship and the gold medal at the Junior Olympics.[citation needed]

As a youth, Ballas was a member of a pop singing trio called "2B1G"(2 Boys 1 Girl"), along with Julianne Hough and Derek Hough.[citation needed]

Ballas' mother, an award-winning Latin American dancer, was recently featured on Dancing with the Stars.

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

As an actor, Ballas played the lead role of Tony in the musical Copacabana and was the lead dancer in the UK national tour of the Spanish musical Maria de Buenos Aires. He was also the understudy for the role of Ritchie Valens in the UK national tour of Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story. Ballas played an extra in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as part of the Hufflepuff House. In October 2008, Ballas made a guest appearance on the season premiere of Samantha Who.[6] In September 2010, Ballas had a guest appearance on his former Dancing with the Stars partner Melissa Joan Hart's new series, Melissa & Joey.

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

On the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars, Ballas was partnered with Cheetah Girls star Sabrina Bryan. On October 30, 2007, the pair was voted off the show. They have been the only couple invited back for an exhibition dance. Ballas' partner for Season 6 of Dancing With The Stars was Olympic Gold Medal-winning figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi. They won the series. On August 25, 2008, ABC announced the cast of the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars, with Ballas paired with reality television star Kim Kardashian. They were the third couple eliminated, finishing in eleventh place, on September 30, 2008. For the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars, Ballas was paired with Olympic gold-medal winning gymnast Shawn Johnson, winning that season's competition on May 19, 2009. He was partnered with actress Melissa Joan Hart for the show's ninth season. They were voted off in week six and came in 9th place. For season 10, Ballas was partnered with actress Shannen Doherty.[7] They were the first couple eliminated, on March 30, 2010. Despite that, Shannen & Mark hold a higher average than a few celebrities who lasted longer than them. For season 11, Ballas was partnered with Bristol Palin, daughter of former Alaska governor and U.S. Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. They made it to the finale and finished in third place. For Season 12, Ballas was partnered with Disney Channel star, Chelsea Kane. They made it to the finals where they finished in third place. For Season 13, Ballas was partnered with reality star Kristin Cavallari where they were the 3rd couple eliminated finishing in 10th place. For Season 14 he was partnered with Classical Singer Katherine Jenkins. They made it to the finale where they finished as the runners-up, losing to Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd. For Season 15, he returned with Season 11 partner, Bristol Palin. In week 7 he danced with former partner Shawn Johnson because her partner, Derek Hough suffered a neck injury. He is paired with two-time Olympic champion Aly Raisman for season 16. Since season 16 had four couples reach the finals for the first time, Aly and Mark were able to become finalists. On May 21, however, they were eliminated at the beginning of the show landing them in fourth place. For season 17 he was paired with singer Christina Milian. They were the 4th couple eliminated despite receiving high scores and good comments from the judges. For season 18 he is partnered with Full House actress Candace Cameron Bure.

Season Partner Place
5 Sabrina Bryan 7th
6 Kristi Yamaguchi 1st
7 Kim Kardashian 11th
8 Shawn Johnson 1st
9 Melissa Joan Hart 9th
10 Shannen Doherty 11th
11 Bristol Palin 3rd
12 Chelsea Kane 3rd
13 Kristin Cavallari 10th
14 Katherine Jenkins 2nd
15 (All Stars) Bristol Palin 9th
16 Alexandra Raisman 4th
17 Christina Milian 9th
18 Candace Cameron Bure

Records[edit]

In his time on Dancing With the Stars, Ballas has set, and broken, numerous records in the course of his (so far) 13 seasons. Some of these records include, but are not limited to:

  • Earliest perfect score with partner Sabrina Bryan in Season 5 on week 4.
  • Highest average score of 28.33333 with Kristi Yamaguchi in Season 6.
  • Highest premiere score of 27 with Kristi Yamaguchi in Season 6.
  • First professional to earn all perfect scores in the finale with partner Kristi Yamaguchi in Season 6 with 90/90.
  • First male professional to win multiple seasons, once with Kristi Yamaguchi (Season 6) & once with Shawn Johnson (Season 8).
  • Only professional to win multiple times with Olympic Champions, one coming from the Winter Games and one from the Summer Games.
  • Partner of the youngest celebrity winner, Shawn Johnson (Season 8).
  • Most celebrity partners (3) to never have received less than an individual (or any) score of eight (Sabrina Bryan, Kristi Yamaguchi & Katherine Jenkins).
  • Only male professional to place the same in finals (Seasons 11 & 12) twice in a row without winning.
  • Most perfect thirties for the Freestyle dance, with 5. Earning perfect scores with Kristi Yamaguchi, Shawn Johnson, Chelsea Kane, Katherine Jenkins & Alexandra Raisman.
    • This record was later matched by Derek Hough with Brooke Burke, Jennifer Grey, Shawn Johnson, Kellie Pickler & Amber Riley.

Dancing with the Stars performances[edit]

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Don't Cha" 9 8 9 Safe
2 Quickstep / "They're Red Hot" 9 8 9 Safe
3 Jive / "Shake, Rattle and Roll" 9 9 9 Safe
4 Paso Doble / "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" 10 10 10 Safe
5 Rumba / "Me and Mrs. Jones" 9 9 10 Safe
6 Foxtrot / "I'm a Woman"
Rock N' Roll / "Rockin' Robin"
9
No
8
Scores
8
Given
Eliminated


Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "The More I See You" 9 9 9 No Elimination
2 Mambo / "Hey Baby" 9 9 9 Safe
3 Tango / "Rio" 9 9 9 Safe
4 Paso Doble / "Blue Monday" 10 9 10 Safe
5 Rumba / "Say" 9 10 10 Safe
6 Jive / "Rip It Up"
Country Western / "Cotton-Eyed Joe"
10
No
10
Scores
10
Given
Safe
7 Viennese Waltz / "I'm with You"
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Don't Stop the Music"
9
10
8
8
9
10
Safe
8
Quarter-Finals
Quickstep / "Billy A Dick"
Samba / "Volare"
9
8
10
9
10
9
Safe
9
Semi-Finals
Tango / "Midnight Tango"
Jive / "Nutbush City Limits"
10
9
9
9
10
10
Safe
10
Finals
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Dancing on the Ceiling"
Freestyle / "Workin' Day and Night"
Jive / "Rip It Up"
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
Won


Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "The Pink Panther Theme" 6 7 6 Last To Be Called Safe
1 Mambo / "Baby Got Back" 6 6 6 Safe
2 Rumba / "You Give Me Something" 6 6 5 Eliminated


Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Waltz / "It is You (I Have Loved)" 8 8 7 No Elimination
2 Salsa / "Las Muchachas" 8 8 8 Safe
3 Foxtrot / "More Than This" 9 9 9 Safe
4 Lindy Hop / "Ready Teddy" 8 8 9 Safe
5 Viennese Waltz / "Ordinary Day" 9 8 9 Safe
6 Rumba / "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" 8 9 9 Safe
7 Cha-Cha-Cha / "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"
1960's Group Dance / "The Clapping Song"
9
No
9
Scores
10
Given
Safe
8 Samba / "Get Down on It"
Team Mambo / "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
10
8
8
8
9
9
Safe
9
Quarter-Finals
Quickstep / "Friend Like Me"
Paso Doble / "Gotta Get thru This"
9
10
9
9
9
10
Safe
10
Semi-Finals
Argentine Tango / "Asi Se Baila El Tango"
Jive / "Reet Petite"
10
9
10
8
10
9
Safe
11
Finals
Paso Doble / "So What"
Freestyle / "Do Your Thing"
Cha-Cha-Cha / "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
Won


Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Viennese Waltz / "The Time of My Life"
Cha-Cha-Cha Relay / "Centerfold"
6
Awarded
6
6
6
Points
Safe
2 Jive / "Long Tall Sally" 7 61 6 Safe
3 Samba / "Turn Me On" 6 6 7 Safe
4 Charleston / "Charleston" 9 9 10 Safe
5 Argentine Tango / "Tango Barbaro" 8 8 7 Safe
6 Waltz / "Only One Road"
Mambo Marathon / "Ran Kan Kan"
7
Awarded
7
4
6
Points
Eliminated

1Due to Len Goodman's absence in week 2 the 6 was awarded by stand-in guest judge Baz Luhrmann.


Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Viennese Waltz / "The Killing Moon" 6 6 6 No Elimination
2 Jive / "Shake a Tail Feather" 7 6 7 Eliminated


Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" 6 6 6 Safe
2 Quickstep / "You Can't Hurry Love" 7 8 7 Safe
3 Foxtrot / "Just the Way You Are" 6 6 7 Safe
4 Rumba / "Umbrella" 6/4 6/5 6/5 Safe
5 Jive / "(Theme From) The Monkees" 6 6 6 Safe
6 Tango / "According To You"
Rock 'n Roll / "La Grange"
8
Awarded
7
5
8
Points
Safe
7 Viennese Waltz / "Trouble"
Team Cha-Cha-Cha / "Workin' Day and Night"
9/8
8
8
8
8
8
Safe
8
Quarter-Finals
Argentine Tango / "Buttons"
Samba / "Mas Que Nada"
8
7
8
8
8
8
Safe
9
Semi-Finals
Paso Doble / "Gimme More"
Waltz / "Mary Goes To Jesus"
9
8
9
9
9
9
Last To Be Called Safe
10
Finals
Jive / "Move"
Freestyle / "Cell Block Tango"
Tango / "According to You"
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Raise Your Glass"
9
8
8
9
9
9
9
9
9
8
8
9
3rd place


Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "King of Anything" 7 7 7 No Elimination
2 Jive / "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" 6 5 7 Safe
3 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Chelsea" 7 8 8 Safe
4 Viennese Waltz / "Hedwig's Theme" 9 8 9 Safe
5 Samba / "Party in the U.S.A." 9 8 9 Safe
6 Quickstep / "Walking on Sunshine" 10 9 9 Safe
7 Paso Doble / "Ghosts 'n' Stuff"
Team Cha-Cha-Cha / "Born This Way"
81/9
81/8
8
7
9
7
Last To Be Called Safe
8
Quarter-Finals
Waltz / "My Love"
Salsa / "Get Busy"
10
8
9
9
10
9
Safe
9
Semi-Finals
Argentine Tango / "Assassin's Tango"
Rumba / "Eyes on Fire"
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Just Dance"
9
10
Awarded
9
10
15
10
10
points
Safe
10
Finals
Samba / "Hip Hip Chin Chin"
Freestyle / "Latinos"
Viennese Waltz / "Hedwig's Theme"
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
3rd place

1Donnie Burns' score as a guest judge.


Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Dynamite" 7 6 6 Safe
2 Quickstep / "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" 8 7 7 Safe
3 Samba / "Crazy in Love" 8 8 8 Eliminated


Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "The Show" 9 8 9 No Elimination
2 Jive / "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That" 9 8 9 Safe
3 Waltz / "To Where You Are" 10 9 10 Safe
4 Paso Doble / "Time Is Running Out" 8 8 8 Safe
5 Argentine Tango / "Tanguedia II" 10 9 10 Safe
6 Samba / "I Can't Get Next to You"
Motown Marathon / "Nowhere to Run"
10
Awarded
9
10
10
Points
Safe
7 Rumba / "Canon in D Major"
Team Tango / "Toccata"
9
10
9
8
9
9
Safe
8
Quarter-Finals
Viennese Waltz / "Kathleen"
Cha-Cha-Cha (Trio Challenge) / "She's a Lady"
8
10
9
9
9
10
Safe
9
Semi-Finals
Quickstep / "The Dirty Boogie"
Salsa / "Bananza (Belly Dancer)"
10
9
9
9
10
9
Safe
10
Finals
Paso Doble / "España Cañí"
Freestyle / "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)"
Jive / "Splish Splash"
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
Runner-up


Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" 6.5 6.5 6.5 Safe
2 Quickstep / "Redneck Woman" 6.0 6.0 6.0 Safe
3 Paso Doble / "Living on Video" 7.5 7.5 7.5 Safe
4 Rock n' Roll / "At the Hop" 8.0 8.0/8.0 8.0 Eliminated


Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Live While We're Young" 7 7 7 No Elimination
2 Quickstep / "Jumpin Jack" 8 8 8 Safe
3 Prom Group Dance / "The Rockafeller Skank"
Viennese Waltz / "Give Me Love"
No
7
Scores
8
Given
8
Safe
4 Contemporary / "Titanium" 9 9 9 Safe
5 Samba / "Misery" 8 8 9 Safe
6 Foxtrot / "Isn't She Lovely"
Team Samba/ "Superstition"
9
8
9
9
9
8
Safe
7 Salsa / "Echa Pa'lla (Manos Pa'rriba)"
Cha-cha-cha Dance-Off / "Brokenhearted"
10
Awarded
9
3
10
Points
Safe
8
Quarter-finals
Argentine Tango / "Reflejo de Luna"
Jive (Trio Challenge) / "Hit the Road Jack"
9
9
10
9
10
9
Safe
9
Semi-Finals
Rumba / "When I Was Your Man"
Afro Jazz / "Azumba"
10
10
10
9
10
10
Safe
10
Finals
Samba / "Hips Don't Lie"
Cha-Cha-Cha Relay / "Treasure"
Freestyle / "Icarus"
9
Awarded
10
9
3
10
10
Points
10
Eliminated


Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Contemporary / "Clarity" 7 7 8 No Elimination
2 Paso Doble / "Applause" 9 8 8 Safe
3 Charleston / "Let Me Drown" 9 8 9 Last to be called Safe
4 Foxtrot / "Sexy Silk" 8 83 8 Safe
5 Cha-Cha-Cha / Forget you 9 10 9 Eliminated


Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Contemporary/ "Burn" 9 8 8 No Elimination
2 Rumba / "Say Something" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Jive / "Blue Suede Shoes" 8 8/81 8 Safe
42 Quickstep / "The Ballroom Blitz" 7 7/73 7 No Elimination
5 Samba / "Under the Sea" 8 9/94 9 Last to be called safe


1Score by guest judge Robin Roberts.

2For this week only, as part of the "Partner Switch-Up" week, Candace Cameron Bure did not perform with Ballas, and instead performed with Tony Dovolani.

3Score by guest judge Julianne Hough.

4Score by guest judge Donny Osmond.

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External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Hélio Castroneves & Julianne Hough

Brooke Burke & Derek Hough

Dancing with the Stars (US) winner
Season 6 (Spring 2008 with Kristi Yamaguchi)

Season 8 (Spring 2009 with Shawn Johnson)

Succeeded by
Brooke Burke & Derek Hough

Donny Osmond & Kym Johnson

Preceded by
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke
Dancing with the Stars (US) runner up
Season 14 (Spring 2012 with Katherine Jenkins)
Succeeded by
Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough
Preceded by
Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dancing with the Stars (US) third place contestant
Season 11 (Fall 2010 with Bristol Palin)

Season 12 (Spring 2011 with Chelsea Kane)

Succeeded by
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough
Preceded by
Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke
Dancing with the Stars (US) semi-finalist
Season 16 (Spring 2013 with Alexandra Raisman)
Succeeded by
Bill Engvall & Emma Slater
Preceded by
Ashley Hamilton & Edyta Sliwinska
Dancing with the Stars (US) last place
Season 10 (Spring 2010 with Shannen Doherty)
Succeeded by
David Hasselhoff & Kym Johnson