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Mark Ballas

Mark Alexander Ballas Jr. (born May 24, 1986) 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. Ballas was born in Houston, Texas, the son of dancers Corky Ballas and Shirley Ballas (née Rich). His paternal grandparents were of Mexican, Spanish, and Greek background, and his mother is British. His paternal grandfather, George Ballas, was the inventor of the Weed Eater lawn-trimming device. 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

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Mark Ballas -- Jaleel White Meltdown Story is Total BS

Mark Ballas
Jaleel White Meltdown Story's BS

Mark Ballas tells TMZ ... he was NOT the target of a Jaleel White meltdown during a "Dancing with the Stars" rehearsal session last week ... despite reports to the contrary. Mark was leaving Hyde… READ MORE >

Mark Ballas SLAMS 'Dance Moms' -- That Woman is a Tyrant

Mark Ballas
SLAMS 'Dance Moms' -- That Woman is a Tyrant

"Dancing with the Stars" pro Mark Ballas has a MAJOR problem with the "Dance Moms" reality show -- telling TMZ, the angry screaming dance coach is verbally abusing the kids ... and she doesn't… READ MORE >

- 1748 days ago
Mark Ballas -- My Girlfriend Wrecked My Audi!!!

Mark Ballas
My Girlfriend Wrecked My Audi!!!

DISCLAIMER: We are not saying women are worse drivers than men -- BUT ... Mark Ballas' girlfriend totally just destroyed the "Dancing" pro's Audi SUV ... and TMZ has obtained pics of the… READ MORE >

- 1762 days ago
Kim Kardashian -- The Birthday Tour Continues

Kim Kardashian
The Birthday Tour Continues

One night after celebrating her 31st birthday in New York City, Kim Kardashian -- along with hubby Kris Humphries, sister Khloe, brother-in-law Lamar Odom, and BFF Mark Ballas -- brought the party… READ MORE >

- 1875 days ago
Mark Ballas -- The Shirtless, Sweaty Warrior Workout

Mark Ballas
The Sweaty, Shirtless Warrior Training Session

Mark Ballas may be a dancing machine by night -- but he's also a sweaty, half-naked ass-kicking machine by day ... and TMZ has the video to prove it.We caught the "Dancing with the Stars" pro… READ MORE >

- 1880 days ago
Mark Ballas -- Someone Waltzed Away With my Guitar!!!

Mark Ballas
Someone Waltzed Away With My Guitar!!!

Not a good month for Mark Ballas -- two weeks after the "Dancing with the Stars" pro lost his hot girlfriend Pia Toscano ... some heartless burglar busted his car window and jacked his… READ MORE >

- 1895 days ago
Mark Ballas and Pia -- NOOOOOO!!!!!!

Mark Ballas and Pia
NOOOOO!!!!!

The relationship they said would never last ... didn't last. "Dancing with the Stars" pro Mark Ballas and "American Idol" hottie Pia Toscano have officially broken up ... according to… READ MORE >

- 1913 days ago
Mark Ballas Gives the Shirt Off His Back ... for Charity

Mark Ballas
Gives the Shirt Off His Back, Raises $12,000 for Charity

"Dancing with the Stars" stud Mark Ballas single-handedly raised more than $12 THOUSAND for the elderly last weekend -- all because he forgot to bring a change of clothes to a charity benefit.Mark… READ MORE >

- 1944 days ago
Mark Ballas: I WON'T Take $$$ from Kim K!

Mark Ballas: I WON'T Take $$$ from Kim K!

Private dance lessons from Mark Ballas usually run $300/hour ... but TMZ has learned Kim Kardashian won't have to pay the guy a cent ... because he REFUSES to take her money! Mark has been hitting… READ MORE >

- 1972 days ago
Mark Ballas -- Dance Your Ass to Small Claims Court!

Mark Ballas -- Dance Your Ass to Small Claims Court!

Defendant: "Dancing" pro Mark Ballas -- accused of firing his ex-publicist and NOT paying. Plaintiff: Ace PR -- accused of doing a CRAPPY job.  Strap on your rhinestone pants ... 'cause this… READ MORE >

- 1988 days ago

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