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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 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 >

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 >

- 1939 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 >

- 1963 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 >

- 1981 days ago
Pia Toscano Will Sing on 'Dancing' ... For Mark

Pia Toscano Will Sing on 'Dancing' ... For Mark

He's doing her, and now ... she's doing his show -- TMZ has learned, Pia Toscano will be performing on "Dancing with the Stars" next week ... and get this, her new BF Mark Ballas will dance to her… READ MORE >

- 1987 days ago
Pia Toscano's Ex Wasn't a Mark Ballas Casualty

Pia Toscano's Ex Wasn't a Mark Ballas Casualty

"American Idol" cast-off Pia Toscano was a single woman two months BEFORE coming to Hollywood in March ...  and long before she started dating Mark Ballas ... TMZ has learned.As we previously… READ MORE >

- 1988 days ago
Pia Toscano -- Here I Come, Mark Ballas!!!

Pia Toscano -- Here I Come, Mark Ballas!!!

"American Idol" cast-off Pia Toscano just boarded a plane at JFK airport in New York City -- she's coming back to L.A. for another date with Mark Ballas.Pia says she thinks we gave her good advice… READ MORE >

- 1994 days ago
Mark Ballas to Pia:  Come to L.A., Meet My Mama!

Mark Ballas to Pia: Come to L.A., Meet My Mama!

Pia Toscano is coming back to L.A. today for another round with Mark Ballas, and it's already serious enough for Pia to meet the mom.Our spies say Pia is flying in from New York later in the day… READ MORE >

- 1994 days ago
Mark and Pia's Hookup -- Born at TMZ?

Mark and Pia's Hookup -- Born at TMZ?

"American Idol" cast-off Pia Toscano and Mark Ballas' first date went off without a hitch -- no small miracle, considering the incredibly un-romantic advice she got from our fearless leader. Check… READ MORE >

- 1995 days ago
Pia Toscano & Mark Ballas -- Tongue Wrestlers!!!

Pia Toscano & Mark Ballas -- Tongue Wrestlers!!!

Pia Toscano went on a radio show this morning and INSISTED she and Mark Ballas are "just friends" ... what she failed to mention is they TOTALLY MADE OUT WITH EACH OTHER FRIDAY NIGHT!!!TMZ broke… READ MORE >

- 1995 days ago

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