Corky Ballas

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Corky Ballas
BornMark Alexander Ballas, Sr.
(1960-12-25) December 25, 1960 (age 51)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
OccupationDancer
Years active1978–1996/2008-present
 
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Corky Ballas
BornMark Alexander Ballas, Sr.
(1960-12-25) December 25, 1960 (age 51)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
OccupationDancer
Years active1978–1996/2008-present

Mark Alexander "Corky" Ballas, Sr. (born December 25, 1960) is a retired competitive ballroom dancer who holds several Latin dance championship titles.[1][2]

He has one son, Mark Ballas, with former wife and partner Shirley Ballas. Corky and Shirley Ballas also raised and trained Julianne Hough and Derek Hough.[3][4][5]

His father, George Ballas, was the inventor of the Weed Eater lawn-trimming device.[6]

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Achievements

Corky and Shirley were 1996 Open to the World International Champions, 1995–1996 Open to the World British Champions, twice British National Champions, Star - World Cup - UK - Champions[clarification needed], and seven times undefeated United States International Latin Champions.[1][7][8] They retired in 1996.[citation needed]

Ballas judges professional competitions and teaches. He is based in Los Angeles, California and Houston, Texas.[9]

Dancing with the Stars

Ballas has trained many of Dancing with the Stars' professionals including Karina Smirnoff, Julianne Hough, Derek Hough, Tony Dovolani, Edyta Sliwinska, Alec Mazo, Brian Fortuna, Jonathan Roberts, Anna Trebunskaya, Jessie DeSoto and, his son, Mark Ballas.

On August 25, 2008, the show's producers announced Corky himself would compete as a pro on season 7, alongside his son and former pupils. He was partnered with 82-year-old actress Cloris Leachman.[10]

For Season 11 Ballas was partnered with Florence Henderson. They were eliminated in Week 5 of the competition.

Performances

With celebrity partner: Cloris Leachman

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1, Night 1Foxtrot/I Wish I Were in Love Again655Safe
1, Night 2Mambo /Coconut Woman655Safe
2Paso Doble/Bolero555Last to be called safe
3Jive/The Girl Can't Help It655Safe
4Tango/The Big Date877Bottom Two
5Salsa/Tres Deseos777Safe
6Cha Cha Cha/Come See About Me
Old School Hip Hop/It Takes Two
5
No
5*
Scores
5
Given
Eliminated

With celebrity partner: Florence Henderson

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha-Cha-Cha/Kiss Me, Honey Honey, Kiss Me666Safe
2Quickstep/Suddenly I See766Safe
3Waltz/Edelweiss767Safe
4Rumba/Yesterday6/66/65/6Safe
5Tango/The Brady Bunch Theme777Eliminated


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