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Mark Ballas from "Dancing with the Stars" is one of the professional dancers featured in the ABC reality ballroom dance competition. The two-time champ is partnered with gymnast Aly Raisman for Season 16.

After a stunning elimination in his Season 5 debut with partner Sabrina Bryan ("Cheetah Girls"), Ballas partnered Kristi Yamaguchi to the championship in Season 6. In Season 7 of the show, he and partner Kim Kardashian were the third couple eliminated, finishing in 11th place. Determined to do
Mark Ballas in "Dancing with the Stars"
Mark Ballas Dancing with the Stars
better, he returned for Season 8 with Olympic Gold Medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson and won the competition. The only other professional dancers to have won two seasons are Julianne Hough and Cheryl Burke. In Season 10, he and Shannen Doherty were the very first pair eliminated, but he rebounded the next season when he danced his way with Bristol Palin into 3rd place. For Season 12, he was teamed up with Disney star, Chelsea Kane, and once again came in 3rd place. The following season, he and reality TV star Kristin Cavallari were eliminated in the third week. He more than made up for it though in Season 14, when he and singer Katherine Jenkins were the runner-ups. In Season 15, he and Bristol Palin only made it to the fourth week before being eliminated.

Mark Ballas was born in Houston, Texas, to Shirley and Corky Ballas, two of the biggest names in dance. When he was very young, they moved to London, England where he began his performing career. Mark joined the Italia Conti Academy of Dramatic Arts Associate School at age 4, where his training in acting and singing/dancing began. At age 11, he earned a full-time spot at the Academy. He also earned a full scholarship to the college and won performer of the year in 2005.

Ballas has also performed in theater. He played the lead in the musical Copa Cabana, as well as playing roles in "Maria de Buenos Aires," "The Buddy Holly Musical" and at the London Palladium.

His dancing partner, Julianne Hough, and her brother Derek Hough moved to England when they were young and lived with Ballas and his parents. There, they were trained by Mark's parents, Corky and Shirley Ballas. They became close friends and still are to this day.

Ballas's biggest passion is his band "Almost Amy." Together with his best friend and fellow dancer, Derek Hough, they write and perform all their original music.

Ballas's father, Corky Ballas, has also been featured on "Dancing with the Stars."


• British Juvenile Ballroom and Latin American dance champ
• US Open to the World, British Open to the World and International Open to the World Junior Latin American Champ
• Junior Olympics Gold Medal Winner
• British Open to the World, US Open to the World, International Open to the World twice, United Kingdom, Youth Latin American Dance Champion

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How old is Mark Ballas? Who is Mark Ballas dating? Find out here.

Age: 28 years old
Birthday: May 24, 1986
Full Name / Real Name: Mark Alexander Corky Ballas Jr.
Birthplace: Houston, TX

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tenorboy says:
Mark, I am interested in what your tattoo on the side of your chest says, will you share?
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