May. 24th, 1986
Houston, Texas, USA
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Mark Alexander Ballas Jr. (born May 24, 1986) is an American dancer.
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 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 singer/songwriter/musician and released his first solo CD in March 2011.
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 American Dance Championship and the gold medal at the Junior Olympics.
As a youth, Ballas was a member of a pop singing trio called "2B1G"(2 Boys 1 Girl"), along with 'Julianne Hough' and 'Derek Hough'.
Ballas' mother, an award-winning Latin American dancer, was recently featured on Dancing with the Stars.
As an actor, Ballas played the lead role of Tony in the musical Copacabana and was the lead dancer in the UK national tour of the Spanish musical Maria de Buenos Aires. He was also the understudy for the role of Ritchie Valens in the UK national tour of Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story. Ballas played an extra in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as part of the Hufflepuff House. In October 2008, Ballas made a guest appearance on the season premiere of Samantha Who. In September 2010, Ballas had a guest appearance on his former Dancing with the Stars partner Melissa Joan Hart's new series, Melissa & Joey.