Mark Ballas

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Mark Alexander Ballas Jr. (born May 24, 1986) 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.

Personal life

Ballas was born in Houston, Texas, the son of dancers Corky Ballas and Shirley Ballas (ne Rich). His paternal grandparents were of Mexican, Spanish, and Greek background, and his mother is originally from the United Kingdom and is of English heritage. His paternal grandfather, George Ballas, was the inventor of the Weed Eater lawn-trimming device.

Ballas is a member of singer-songwriter duo Alexander Jean along with his fiance BC Jean. The two became engaged on November 25, 2015 after 3 years of dating. After the pair's single "Roses and Violets" was used in a dance by eventual season champion Bindi Irwin on Dancing with the Stars, the song made a large increase in sales, reaching the top ten on the US iTunes chart.


Early life

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.


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.

On September 6, 2016, it was announced that Ballas would be the final actor to portray the role of Frankie Valli in the Broadway cast of Jersey Boys before it closes in 2017.

Dancing with the Stars

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. 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 they did. 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. For season 22, he was paired with UFC mixed martial artist Paige VanZant. Ballas and VanZant made it to the finals of the show and finished in second place.

Ballas is not part of the season 23 cast.

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
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
22 Paige VanZant 2nd


In his time on Dancing With the Stars, Ballas has set, and broken, numerous records in the course of his (so far) 18 seasons. Some of these records include, but are not limited to:

  • Highest premiere score of 27 with Kristi Yamaguchi in Season 6.
  • Pro with the most partners who received at least one score of '9' on premiere night: 5, including Sabrina Bryan (Season 5), Kristi Yamaguchi (Season 6), Katherine Jenkins (Season 14), Candace Cameron Bure (Season 18), and Sadie Robertson (Season 19).
  • Partner of the youngest celebrity winner, Shawn Johnson (Season 8).
  • Only male professional to place the same in finals (Seasons 11 & 12) twice in a row without winning.
  • Partner of the youngest celebrity contestant, Willow Shields (Season 20).

Dancing with the Stars performances

  • Season 6 with celebrity partner Kristi Yamaguchi (average: 28.3); placed 1st
  • Season 12 with celebrity partner: Chelsea Kane (average: 26.13); placed 3rd
  • Season 14 with celebrity partner: Katherine Jenkins (average: 27.9); placed 2nd
  • Season 16 with celebrity partner: Aly Raisman (average: 26.7); placed 4th
  • Season 19 with celebrity partner: Sadie Robertson (average: 35.6); placed 2nd
  • Season 20 with celebrity partner Willow Shields (average: 34.0); placed 7th
  • Season 21 with celebrity partner Alexa PenaVega (average: 25.8); placed 6th
  • Season 22 with celebrity partner Paige VanZant (average: 27.1); placed 2nd

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