Dancing with the Stars: Mark Ballas

Mark Alexander Corky Ballas Jr. was born in Houston, Texas to Corky Ballas Sr. and his wife British-born wife and dance partner Shirley (Rich) Ballas. Ballas was raised in London, England where he performed as a singer/songwriter with Derek Hough and his sister Julianne Hough as well as danced competitively and professionally.

Julianne Hough was his partner and they won the Junior Latin American Dance Championship and the gold medal at the Junior Olympics. Ballas would also win the British Open to the World, the US Open to the World and the International Open to the World.

During his first season in DWTS he and his partner Sabrina Bryan received a perfect score for their paso doble to “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).”

The next season with Kristi Yamaguchi, they would receive perfect scores for their jive to “Rip It Up,” cha cha cha to “Dancing on the Ceiling,” and freestyle “Workin’ Day and Night.”

With Shawn Johnson, they received a perfect score for their freestyle to “Do Your Thing” and their cha cha cha to “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” during the finals. Their semi-final Argentine tango to “Asi Se Baila el Tango” also received a perfect score.

AGE: 24

BIRTH DATE: 24 May 1986 (Taurus)


  • Sabrina Bryan (Season 5)
  • Kristi Yamaguchi (Season 6)- Won
  • Kim Kardashian (Season 7)-Won
  • Shawn Johnson (Season 8)
  • Melissa Joan Hart (Season 9)
  • Shannen Doherty (Season 10)


Website: MySpace


About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on September 20, 2010, in Bristol Palin, Dancing with the Stars: Season 11, Mark Ballas, Professional Dancers and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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