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Mark Ballas
Birth nameMark Alexander Ballas, Jr.
Born(1986-05-24) May 24, 1986 (age 27)
Houston, Texas, USA
GenresPop/Rock
OccupationsSinger, dancer, guitarist
Years active1999–present
LabelsHit Play-Sony Red
Associated actsJulianne Hough
Derek Hough
WebsiteOfficial Site
 
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Mark Ballas
Birth nameMark Alexander Ballas, Jr.
Born(1986-05-24) May 24, 1986 (age 27)
Houston, Texas, USA
GenresPop/Rock
OccupationsSinger, dancer, guitarist
Years active1999–present
LabelsHit Play-Sony Red
Associated actsJulianne Hough
Derek Hough
WebsiteOfficial 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 is paired with singer Christina Milian. They were shockingly the fourth couple eliminated despite having the highest score of the night.

SeasonPartnerPlace
5Sabrina Bryan7th
6Kristi Yamaguchi1st
7Kim Kardashian11th
8Shawn Johnson1st
9Melissa Joan Hart9th
10Shannen Doherty11th
11Bristol Palin3rd
12Chelsea Kane3rd
13Kristin Cavallari10th
14Katherine Jenkins2nd
15 (All Stars)Bristol Palin9th
16Alexandra Raisman4th
17Christina Milian9th

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:

Dancing with the Stars performances[edit]

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha-Cha-Cha / "Don't Cha"989Safe
2Quickstep / "They're Red Hot"989Safe
3Jive / "Shake, Rattle and Roll"999Safe
4Paso Doble / "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"101010Safe
5Rumba / "Me and Mrs. Jones"9910Safe
6Foxtrot / "I'm a Woman"
Rock N' Roll / "Rockin' Robin"
9
No
8
Scores
8
Given
Eliminated


Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Foxtrot / "The More I See You"999No Elimination
2Mambo / "Hey Baby"999Safe
3Tango / "Rio"999Safe
4Paso Doble / "Blue Monday"10910Safe
5Rumba / "Say"91010Safe
6Jive / "Rip It Up"
Country Western / "Cotton-Eyed Joe"
10
No
10
Scores
10
Given
Safe
7Viennese 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/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Foxtrot / "The Pink Panther Theme"676Last To Be Called Safe
1Mambo / "Baby Got Back"666Safe
2Rumba / "You Give Me Something"665Eliminated


Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Waltz / "It is You (I Have Loved)"887No Elimination
2Salsa / "Las Muchachas"888Safe
3Foxtrot / "More Than This"999Safe
4Lindy Hop / "Ready Teddy"889Safe
5Viennese Waltz / "Ordinary Day"989Safe
6Rumba / "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room"899Safe
7Cha-Cha-Cha / "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"
1960's Group Dance / "The Clapping Song"
9
No
9
Scores
10
Given
Safe
8Samba / "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/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Viennese Waltz / "The Time of My Life"
Cha-Cha-Cha Relay / "Centerfold"
6
Awarded
6
6
6
Points
Safe
2Jive / "Long Tall Sally"7616Safe
3Samba / "Turn Me On"667Safe
4Charleston / "Charleston"9910Safe
5Argentine Tango / "Tango Barbaro"887Safe
6Waltz / "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/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Viennese Waltz / "The Killing Moon"666No Elimination
2Jive / "Shake a Tail Feather"767Eliminated


Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha-Cha-Cha / "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)"666Safe
2Quickstep / "You Can't Hurry Love"787Safe
3Foxtrot / "Just the Way You Are"667Safe
4Rumba / "Umbrella"6/46/56/5Safe
5Jive / "(Theme From) The Monkees"666Safe
6Tango / "According To You"
Rock 'n Roll / "La Grange"
8
Awarded
7
5
8
Points
Safe
7Viennese 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/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Foxtrot / "King of Anything"777No Elimination
2Jive / "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"657Safe
3Cha-Cha-Cha / "Chelsea"788Safe
4Viennese Waltz / "Hedwig's Theme"989Safe
5Samba / "Party in the U.S.A."989Safe
6Quickstep / "Walking on Sunshine"1099Safe
7Paso 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/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha-Cha-Cha / "Dynamite"766Safe
2Quickstep / "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"877Safe
3Samba / "Crazy in Love"888Eliminated


Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Foxtrot / "The Show"989No Elimination
2Jive / "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That"989Safe
3Waltz / "To Where You Are"10910Safe
4Paso Doble / "Time Is Running Out"888Safe
5Argentine Tango / "Tanguedia II"10910Safe
6Samba / "I Can't Get Next to You"
Motown Marathon / "Nowhere to Run"
10
Awarded
9
10
10
Points
Safe
7Rumba / "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/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha-Cha-Cha / "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)"6.56.56.5Safe
2Quickstep / "Redneck Woman"6.06.06.0Safe
3Paso Doble / "Living on Video"7.57.57.5Safe
4Rock n' Roll / "At the Hop"8.08.0/8.08.0Eliminated


Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha-Cha-Cha / "Live While We're Young"777No Elimination
2Quickstep / "Jumpin Jack"888Safe
3Prom Group Dance / "The Rockafeller Skank"
Viennese Waltz / "Give Me Love"
No
7
Scores
8
Given
8
Safe
4Contemporary / "Titanium"999Safe
5Samba / "Misery"889Safe
6Foxtrot / "Isn't She Lovely"
Team Samba/ "Superstition"
9
8
9
9
9
8
Safe
7Salsa / "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/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Contemporary / "Clarity"778No Elimination
2Paso Doble / "Applause"988Safe
3Charleston / "Let Me Drown"989Last to be called Safe
4Foxtrot / "Sexy Silk"888Safe
5Cha-Cha-Cha / Forget you9109Eliminated

References[edit]

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