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Mark Ballas

Background information
Birth name Mark Alexander Corky Ballas Junior
Born May 24, 1986 (1986-05-24) (age 23)
Houston, Texas, USA
Genres Pop/Rock
Occupations Singer, dancer, guitarist
Years active 1999–present
Labels Hollywood Records
Associated acts Julianne Hough
Derek Hough
Website Official Site

Mark Alexander Corky Ballas Jr. (born May 24, 1986)[1] is an American performer. At a young age, he moved to London, England, where he began his performing career. He remained in London until 2007, when he moved to the US.

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 is also a singer/songwriter/musician for the group Ballas Hough Band, where he composes the group's music, plays lead guitar and sings lead vocals.

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Early life

Ballas was born in Houston, Texas, with family ties in Laredo, Texas. His paternal grandparents were Spanish and Greek. His parents are Corky Ballas[2] and British-born Shirley Ballas (née Rich).[3] Mark is an only child. Mark's grandfather, George Ballas Sr., owned and operated a 64000 sqft dance studio called Dance City USA, known as the largest dance studio in the world. It was situated in Houston and had 125 teachers on payroll. Mark's grandfather sold the studio and later went on to invent the Weed Eater. Mark's grandmother was a famous Flamenco dancer who appeared in several movies and studied with Carmen Amaya in Spain.

At the age of 4, Mark enrolled at the Italia Conti Academy of Dramatic Arts Associate School, where he was trained in singing, dancing and acting. When he was 10, he became British Juvenile Ballroom and Latin American Dance Champion.

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 a youth, Ballas,(along with Julianne and Derek Hough) were a pop singing trio called "2B1G"(2 Boys 1 Girl").

Career

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Acting

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. In Oct. 2008 Mark made a guest appearance on the season premiere of Samantha Who.[4]

Dancing with the Stars

On the 5th season of Dancing With The Stars, Ballas was partnered with Cheetah Girls star Sabrina Bryan. In their first week, they scored a 26 out of 30 - at the time the highest score earned on the first week by any contestant. On week 4 of the show, they set another record by scoring 30/30 from the judges for their Paso Doble. They were the first couple in the show's history to receive a perfect 30 in week four. On October 30, 2007, the pair was voted off the show. The announcement was met with shock from the judges and the live audience. An AOL poll voted their elimination "2007's most shocking TV moment." For the second-to-last week, Bryan and Ballas were invited back to the show to perform - another first for any couple. For the 100th show, their Paso Doble was chosen as number 9 on the top 10 dances of the first five seasons. According to Tonioli, their elimination was the biggest shock of season 5 and this dance was a glimpse of what they could have accomplished. Bryan and Ballas were the only couple in the top 10 that did not make it to the finals.

It was announced that Ballas' partner for Season 6 of Dancing With The Stars with Olympic Gold Medal-winning figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi. In the first week, Kristi and Mark received a 27 out of 30 for their foxtrot. This was the highest score to be received on the first week in the entire series. Together, they continued to top the leaderboard for 6 weeks straight - a new record on DWTS. However, they came in 2nd in the 7th and 8th weeks of competition, ending their streak. Kristi and Mark were at the top of the leaderboard for 8 of the 10 weeks of competition - a new DWTS record. They also maintained the highest average as of Week 10 with a 28.3 average including a perfect 90/90 score for the finale; these were both DWTS records. Kristi and Mark's lowest score, a 26, was also the highest "low" score for any contestant throughout the seasons. On May 20, 2008, Ballas and Yamaguchi won the 2008 Season of Dancing with the Stars. According to the judges, they had set the standard for the entire season and were the most consistent couple, not only in Season 6, but in all the seasons of DWTS.

On August 25, 2008, ABC announced the cast of the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars and Mark was paired with reality television star Kim Kardashian. They were the 3rd couple eliminated, finishing in 11th place, on September 30, 2008.

Mark returned for the eighth season and was paired with Olympic gold-medal winning gymnast Shawn Johnson who, at age 17, remains the youngest competitor to have appeared on the show to date. On May 19, 2009, Shawn and Mark were crowned champions of season eight. As a result, Mark joins Julianne Hough and Cheryl Burke as the only professional dancers on the show to have won two seasons.

Mark was partnered with "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" actress Melissa Joan Hart for season nine and in the 6th week, they were eliminated. [5]

Mark is partnered with Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed bad girl antics turned good, actress Shannen Doherty for season ten of the show. [6]

Mark's current average as a pro dancer on DWTS is 26.07.

Dancing With the Stars Performances

With celebrity partner Sabrina Bryan:

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Don't Cha" 9 8 9 Safe
2 Quickstep/ "They're Red Hot" 9 8 9 Safe
3 Jive/ "Shake, Rattle and Roll" 9 9 9 Safe
4 Paso Doble/ "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" 10 10 10 Safe
5 Rumba/ "Me and Mrs. Jones" 9 9 10 Safe
6 Foxtrot/ "I'm a Woman"
Rock N' Roll/ "Rockin' Robin"
9
No
8
Scores
8
Given
Eliminated


With celebrity partner Kristi Yamaguchi:

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot/ "The More I See You" 9 9 9 Safe
2 Mambo/ "Hey Baby" 9 9 9 Safe
3 Tango/ "Rio" 9 9 9 Safe
4 Paso Doble/ "Blue Monday" 10 9 10 Safe
5 Rumba/ "Say" 9 10 10 Safe
6 Jive/ "Rip It Up"
Country Western/"Cotton-Eyed Joe"
10
No
10
Scores
10
Given
Safe
7 Viennese Waltz/ "I'm With You"
Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Don't Stop the Music"
9
10
8
8
9
10
Safe
8 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


With celebrity partner Kim Kardashian:

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot/ "The Pink Panther Theme" 6 7 6 Last to be Called Safe
1 Mambo/"Baby Got Back" 6 6 6 Safe
2 Rumba/"You Give Me Something" 6 6 5 Eliminated


With celebrity partner Shawn Johnson:

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Waltz/ "It is You (I Have Loved)" 8 8 7 No elimination
2 Salsa/ "Las Muchachas" 8 8 8 Safe
3 Foxtrot/ "More Than This" 9 9 9 Safe
4 Lindy Hop/ "Ready Teddy" 8 8 9 Safe
5 Viennese Waltz/ "Ordinary Day" 9 8 9 Safe
6 Rumba/ "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" 8 9 9 Safe
7 Cha-Cha-Cha/ "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" 9 9 10 Safe
8 Samba/ "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


With celebrity partner Melissa Joan Hart :

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Viennese Waltz/ "The Time of My Life"
Cha-Cha-Cha Relay/ "Centerfold"
6 6 6 Safe
6
2 Jive/ "Long Tall Sally" 7 6* 6 Safe
3 Samba/ "Turn Me On" 6 6 7 Safe
4 Charleston/ "Charleston" 9 9 10 Safe
5 Argentine Tango/ "Tango Barbaro" 8 8 7 Safe
6 Waltz/ "Only One Road"
Mambo Marathon/ "Ran Kan Kan"
7 7 6 Eliminated
4


  • Due to Len Goodman's absence in week 2 the 6 was awarded by stand-in guest judge Baz Luhrmann

Music

He began playing the guitar at the age of 4 and at the age of 12 began to write and perform his own music, playing guitar, drums, and bass. The Hough siblings and Ballas had their own pop music trio called "2B1G (2 Boys 1 Girl)". With his best friend Derek Hough, he formed the band Almost Amy, now known as Ballas Hough Band. The members of the band are Emily Grace - flute/sax/piano/vocals, Sam Marder - bass and Harry Sullivan - drums. They describe their music as acoustic/pop/rock/soul with catchy melodies and harmonies/funky guitar riffs with a pop/flamenco/jazzy feel-good vibe. The band released their first CD in March 2009. [7]

Solo Appearances

  • Race to Erase MS[8]
  • Samantha Who?[9]
  • Roula and Ryan radio interview[10]

Almost Amy Appearances

  • Good Day Atlanta[11]
  • Universal CityWalk - ABC7[12]
  • McDonald's Family Tribute on Ice - NBC[13]

Ballas Hough Band Appearances

  • Good Morning America[14]
  • The Bonnie Hunt Show[15]
  • Indianapolis 500 The Race Party[16]

References

External links

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

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