Mark Ballas is an acclaimed professional dancer, performer and choreographer, best known for his work on ABC’s widely acclaimed dance reality show. Dancing with the Stars , for which he is a two-time champion. His superb choreography skills, demonstrated on the dance reality show, earned him a nomination at the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography. As a professional dancer, Ballas has entered and won many music competitions around the world.
In addition to being a dancer, Mark Ballas has also been involved in the film industry, appearing in various stage productions including musicals Dirty Boots and Jersey Boys On Broadway. His acting credits include Copacabana, Maria de Buenos Aires, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Samantha Who? and some others. The versatile dancer is also a musician and singer-songwriter, who is also a member of the pop-rock band Alexander Jean – consisting of himself and his wife BC Jean.
Mark Ballas’ Biography (Age)
The Junior Olympiad gold medalist was born into a family of renowned professional dancers – Corky Ballas and Shirley Ballas. He was named Mark Alexander Ballas Jr. at birth on May 24, 1986 in Houston, Texas, USA. His mother, Shirley Ballas, is of British origin while his paternal grandparents were of mixed ethnic background consisting of Spanish, Greek and Mexican. His grandfather, George Ballas, was an entrepreneur who made a device called the Weed Eater that cut lawns.
The gifted performer relocated to London with his parents during his childhood. Ballas is a graduate of Rosemead Preparatory School in South London. After graduating from the preparatory school, he received a full scholarship to study at the prestigious Italian Academy of Theater Arts in London, where he not only learned to dance, but also to act, sing and play instruments. By the time he was twelve, he was playing guitar, drums, bass to perfection, and was writing and performing his own music. He cited guitar legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Paco de Lucia and Eric Clapton as his influences.
The accomplished dancer won the Performer of the Year award in 2005, marking the beginning of his illustrious career. He went on to win numerous championships including the US Open at World, British Open at World, International Open at World Championships as well as winning the Junior Latin American Dance Championship with Julianne Hough and the Junior Olympiad gold medal.
Mark Ballas rose to fame when he was cast in the fifth season of the hit ABC dance reality show. Dancing with the Stars partnered with one of the Cheetar Girls, SabrinaBryan in 2009. He has appeared in over 18 seasons of the famous dance reality show, winning two (seasons 6 and 8) and reaching the finals in seven different seasons. A great choreographer, he was nominated for Outstanding Choreography at the Emmy for Creative Arts in 2011 for his amazing choreography skills in DWTS. He also choreographed for Diet Pepsi Commercial with Sofia Vergara.
The versatile choreographer is also an actor having appeared in several films and television series including musicals Copacabana, The Buddy Holly Musical, Samantha Who? and Jersey Boys . In addition, Mark Ballas is also a musician and singer-songwriter who released his first solo CD called HurtLoveBox in March 2011. He is a member of the pop-rock duo Alexander Jean, which he formed with his wife BC Jean in 2015. Rose and Violet climbed into the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 Bubbling Under Chart.
Wealth (income and earnings)
As of 2019, Mark Ballas has an estimated financial worth of approximately $3 million. Thanks to his numerous sources of income which include endorsements, music, dance, acting and choreography.
Is Mark Ballas gay or married to a woman?
Mark Ballas is married. He became engaged to his girlfriend Brittany Jean Carlson (BC Jean), whom he dated for three years in November 2015, and whom he dated on November 25, 2016 in Malibu, California. The couple is yet to welcome a child.
Before his marriage, he dated many beautiful ladies such as Julianne Hough (2002 to 2004), actress Sabrina Bryan (2007 to 2008), singer Joanna Pacitti (2008 to 2009), dancer Jeanine Mason (2009 to 2011) and singer Pia Toscano (2011 to 2012 ).
By all indications, Mark Ballas is far from interested in people of his own sex. As mentioned above, the energetic dancer is happily married to a member of the opposite sex.
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Mark Ballas has an average height of 5ft 61.68m with an accumulated body mass of 75kg. He has additional body measurements of chest – 38 inches, waist – 32 inches and biceps – 15 inches and feet – 10 (US).