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Mark Ballas -- 5 things to know about the 'Dancing with the Stars' pro partner


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/02/2017 

Mark Ballas is a longtime fan-favorite professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars.

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Mark is a 31-year-old dancer, choreographer, singer and songwriter, musician, and actor.

He joined Dancing with the Stars for Season 5 back in 2007 and competed on every single season leading up to Season 23. Mark is a two-time mirrorball trophy champion, but he hasn't won a title 2009, when his celebrity partner Shawn Johnson was crowned the winner.

Mark is currently partnered with internationally-recognized violinist Lindsey Stirling for Dancing with the Stars' 25th season this fall on ABC.

Lindsey has already proved herself to be an incredible performer and fast-learner, so this couple has what it takes to make it all the way to the end. Curious to learn more about this handsome pro partner?

Below is a list of 5 facts Reality TV World has compiled about Mark Ballas:

- Mark took a two-season hiatus from Dancing with the Stars for Seasons 23 and 24 to star as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys on Broadway, which came to a close in January 2017 after a historic 11-year run.

- He doesn't think he can cook at all, and pizza is his guilty pleasure. His favorite sport to watch while eating pizza? Soccer.

- Mark married his bandmate Brittany Jean Carlson, better known as BC Jean, in late November 2016 in front of about 160 guests at a venue north of Los Angeles. They got engaged one day before Thanksgiving in 2015, although Mark and BC Jean didn't confirm the news until two months later.

- Mark was born in Houston, TX, on May 24, 1986 to Corky Ballas and Shirley Ballas but grew up in London. He's been playing guitar since he was 10-years-old.

- The DWTS pro attended Rosemead Preparatory School in South London, but at the young age of 11, he earned a full scholarship to attend the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London.


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