“If you’re an actor, singer, or performer it is more than likely that you have done a little bit of dancing - if it is for a role or growing up doing theater. I think this has turned into a stereotype where the show is about dancing with people who have no experience dancing. That’s not in the rulebook. That has never been in the rulebook.”
“Every season is a different challenge.”
“I quit competitive dancing because I couldn’t compete and do the show at the same time because the time frames don’t match up.”
Mark Ballas (born Mark Alexander Ballas Jr. in Houston, Texas on May 24, 1986) is an American dancer, who has competed on Dancing with the Stars since 2007. He is also an actor as well as a singer/songwriter and released his first album HurtLoveBox in March 2011. Additionally, Mark starred as the lead in Broadway’s Copacabana and in the UK’s Maria de Buenos Aires and Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story. His acting credits also include Harry Potter: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Melissa & Joey.
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Mark Ballas is best known for competing on Dancing with the Stars. He won in 2009 on season eight with Shawn Johnson
Mark Ballas was dating his season five partner, Sabrina Bryan from Cheetah Girls, but their relationship did not last. In 2008, he dated American Idol alum, Joanna Pacitti. Then in April 2011, he stepped out with another Idol alum, Pia Toscano — the two dated until September.