Mark Ballas life and biography

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Mark Ballas biography

Date of birth : 1986-05-24
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Houston, Texas, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-04-12
Credited as : Ballroom dancer, Dancing with the Stars,

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Mark Alexander Ballas Jr. is an American performer. At a young age, he moved to London, in the UK, where he began his performing career. He remained in London until 2007, when he moved back to the US.

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 is also a singer/songwriter/musician for the group Ballas Hough Band, where he composes the group's music, plays lead guitar and sings lead vocals.

Mark Ballas was inspired to dance by his parents, professional dancers Corky and Shirley Ballas. He began taking lessons at an early age, and was later competing professionally. He was, at one point, partners with fellow DWTS pro dancer Julianne Hough; together they won the Junior Latin American Dance Championship.

Ballas is best known for his time on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, starting with the fifth season. He holds the distinction of being one of only four pro dancers to have been named the show's champion twice. The first was on season 6, when he was paired with figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi. The second was on season 8, when he was paired with gymnast Shawn Johnson.

Ballas also dabbles in acting and music. As an actor, he has performed in a production of Copacabana, and was also an understudy in the British tour of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.

His music career is also significantly prominent. He's been singing since he was in his teens, forming the trio 2B1G with Julianne and Derek Hough. He later formed the band Almost Amy with Derek, later to be renamed the Ballas Hough Band. They released their debut album in 2009.


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