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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 -- 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 >

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 >

- 1201 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 >

- 1231 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 >

- 1260 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 >

- 1275 days ago
Mark Ballas & Cheryl Burke -- Nightclub DOMINATION

Mark Ballas & Cheryl Burke -- Nightclub DOMINATION

"Dancing With the Stars" pros Mark Ballas and Cheryl Burke went to a nightclub at Harrah's in Jersey this weekend ... and destroyed it with an impromptu salsa dance. Showoffs ...  READ MORE >

- 1280 days ago
Mark Ballas SCHOOLS Kim Kardashian Pre-Wedding

Mark Ballas SCHOOLS Kim Kardashian Pre-Wedding

"Dancing with the Stars" pro Mark Ballas is getting Kim Kardashian to step it up BIG TIME before her wedding -- claiming he personally taught her and Kris Humphries some new moves for their… READ MORE >

- 1290 days ago
Mark & Maksim -- Dancing with the Abs

Mark & Maksim
Dancing with the Abs

"Dancing with the Stars" booty shakers Mark Ballas, 25, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 31, both showed off their smooth, ripped & tatted core moves in Vegas this weekend.They both scored a perfect… READ MORE >

- 1301 days ago
Mark Ballas: Kym Is Gonna Be 'Okay'

Mark Ballas: Kym Is Gonna Be 'Okay'

Take a deep breath, "Dancing with the Stars" fans -- Mark Ballas said he got some face time with injured dancer Kym Johnson today ... and he said that she's "gonna be okay." As we previously… READ MORE >

- 1325 days ago
'Dancing' Stars Try to Sing That 'Friday' Song

'Dancing' Stars Try to Sing That 'Friday' Song

One month later ... and that "Friday" song refuses to wither and die -- but now the gang from "Dancing with the Stars" are trying their best to beat it to death with their own beatbox remix.… READ MORE >

- 1343 days ago

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