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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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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 >

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 >

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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 >

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

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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 >

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Pia & Mark -- A Wrestler Hooked Them Up!

Pia & Mark -- A Wrestler Hooked Them Up!

Pia Toscano was the instigator of her burgeoning romance with Mark Ballas, and she used wrestling star Chris Jericho to help her score a date.  As TMZ first reported, Pia and Mark went out on… READ MORE >

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Pia Toscano & Mark Ballas Hook Up

Pia Toscano & Mark Ballas Hook Up

Mark Ballas provided comfort to "American Idol" castoff Pia Toscano last night -- on what appeared to be a date at an L.A. mall, with a special cameo by Paula Abdul!They were both gussied up as… READ MORE >

- 1208 days ago
New 'Dancing' Cast -- WWE Star, Rapper, Playmate

New 'Dancing' Cast
WWE Star, Rapper, Playmate

WWE star Chris Jericho is locked in for the next season of "Dancing with the Stars" ... along with Kirstie Alley, rapper Lil' Romeo, and Kendra Wilkinson ... TMZ has learned. So far, we've… READ MORE >

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'Modern Family' Star Gets Tips on Circumcision

'Modern Family' Star
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To snip, or not to snip? That was the question posed to Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Mark Ballas ... by a woman on a mission. A mission that revealed waay too much ... in the TMZ newsroom. Check out… READ MORE >

- 1328 days ago
Bristol & Mark -- In a NYC Groove

Bristol & Mark -- In a NYC Groove

"Dancing with the Stars" third place rump shaker Bristol Palin was spotted with partner Mark Ballas hustling through the streets of Manhattan on Wednesday.These two move quick. READ MORE >

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