Mark Ballas

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Mark Ballas
Mark Ballas 2013.jpg
Ballas performing in 2013
Born Mark Alexander Ballas, Jr.
(1986-05-24) May 24, 1986 (age 29)
Houston, Texas, U.S
Nationality American
Occupation Dancer, choreographer, singer-songwriter, musician, actor
Years active 1999–present
Employer ABC
Television Dancing with the Stars
Parent(s) Corky Ballas
Shirley Ballas
Relatives George Ballas (grandfather)
Musical career
Genres Pop rock
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 2005–present
Associated acts Julianne Hough, Derek Hough, Ballas Hough Band
Website Official Site

Mark Alexander Ballas, Jr. (born May 24, 1986)[1] is an American dancer, choreographer, singer-songwriter, musician, and actor.

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 English, originally from the United Kingdom.[4] His paternal grandfather, George Ballas, was the inventor of the Weed Eater lawn-trimming device.[5]

Ballas attended Rosemead Preparatory School in South London. 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 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]

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 was 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 partnered with Full House actress Candace Cameron Bure. The couple made it to the finals and ended in third place. For season 19, he partnered with Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson and finished in 2nd place behind Alfonso Ribeiro. For season 20, he was paired with star of The Hunger Games film series Willow Shields. The couple was shockingly eliminated in week 7, finishing in seventh place despite receiving high scores throughout the season. For season 21, he was partnered with actress Alexa PenaVega. They were eliminated in week 9 (despite being at the top of the leaderboard that week) and finished the competition in 6th place.

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 Bristol Palin 9th
16 Alexandra Raisman 4th
17 Christina Milian 9th
18 Candace Cameron Bure 3rd
19 Sadie Robertson 2nd
20 Willow Shields 7th
21 Alexa PenaVega 6th


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:

Dancing with the Stars performances[edit]


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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

Amy Purdy & Derek Hough

Dancing with the Stars (US) runner up
Season 14 (Spring 2012 with Katherine Jenkins)

Season 19 (Autumn 2014 with Sadie Robertson)

Succeeded by
Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough

Riker Lynch & Allison Holker

Preceded by
Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Jack Osbourne & Cheryl Burke

Dancing with the Stars (US) third place contestant
Season 11 (Fall 2010 with Bristol Palin)

Season 12 (Spring 2011 with Chelsea Kane)
Season 18 (Spring 2014 with Candace Cameron Bure)

Succeeded by
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough

Janel Parrish & Valentin Chmerkovskiy

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