Mark Ballas is a famous professional dancer on the American version of "Dancing with the Stars."
During a flight, the mirror ball trophy Mark Ballas won from season 8 of Dancing with the Stars was broken.
Although Shawn and Mark won Season 8 of Dancing with the Stars, they won by less than 1%.
Shawn and Mark won Season 8 of Dancing with the Stars. This makes Mark's second Dancing with the Stars win.
During the 1st week of season 8 competition on Dancing with the Stars, Mark Ballas and his partner Shawn Johnson danced the waltz to "Is It You (I Have Loved)" by Becky Jane Taylor. Their score was 23.
During the 2nd week of competition on season 8 of Dancing with the Stars, Mark and Shawn danced the salsa to "Las Muchachas" by Johnny Pacheco. They got a score of 24.
During the 3rd week of competition on Dancing with the Stars, Shawn and Mark danced the Foxtrot to "More Than This" by Charlie Hunter featuring Norah Jones. Their score was 27.
During the 4th week of competition on Dancing with the Stars, Shawn and Mark danced the Lindy Hop to "Ready Teddy" by Little Richard. They got a score of 25.
During the 5th week of competition on Dancing with the Stars, Mark and Shawn danced the Viennese Waltz to "Ordinary Day" by Vanessa Carlton. They recieved a score of 26.
During the 6th week of competition on Dancing with the Stars, Mark and Shawn danced the rumba to "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" by John Mayer. They got a score of 26.
During the 7th week of competition on Dancing with the Stars, Shawn and Mark danced the Cha Cha to "P.Y.T." by Michael Jackson. They earned a score of 28.
During the 8th week of competition on Dancing with the Stars, Shawn and Mark danced the Samba to "Get Down On It" by Kool and the Gang. They earned a score of 27.
During the 9th Week of competition on Dancing with the Stars, Shawn and Mark danced the Quickstep to "Friend Like Me" by Robert Williams and earned a score of 27. They also danced the Paso Doble to "Gotta Get Thru This" by Daniel Bedingfield and earned a score of 29.During the 10th Week of competition on Dancing with the Stars, Shawn and Mark danced the Argentine Tango to "Asi Se Baila El Tango" by Bailongo and got a score of 30. They also danced the Jive to "Reet Petite" by Jackie Wilson and got a score of 26.
During the 11th week of competition on Dancing with the Stars, Shawn and Mark danced the Paso Doble to "So What?" by Pink and earned a score of 28. For the freestyle round, they danced to "Do Your Thing" by Basement Jaxx and earned a score of 29. On Finals night, they danced the Cha Cha to "P.Y.T" by Michael Jackson. They earned a score of 30.
Knowing that Shawn Johnson would miss her prom if she continued with Dancing with the Stars, Mark threw her a prom with him as her date. He decorated the ballroom where they practiced their dance, and even bought her a prom dress to wear.
To prepare for the fourth week of competition on Dancing with the Stars, Mark tried his hand in gymnastics while practicing with Shawn Johnson.
Before the fourth week of competition on Dancing with the Stars, Shawn Johnson was discovered to have a stalker trying to break into the studio to meet her. The restraining order issued against the stalker was said to include protection for both Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas.
Mark Ballas's dance partner for Season 8 of Dancing with the Stars is Olympic Gold Medalist, Shawn Johnson. At 17, she is the youngest star ever to compete.
After the breakup with Sabrina Bryan, Mark started dating Joanna Pacitti, who auditioned for American Idol.
Mark recorded the song "Do It For You" (written by Kara DioGuardi) for the debut album BHB (set for release March 10, 2009).
As a child, Mark spent time in London, England to work on his dancing.
As of Spring 2008, Mark had maintained the highest average for pro dancer on Dancing with the Stars at 27.95.
Mark and Sabrina's Paso Doble was chosen as the 9th best dance on the top 10 dance list of the first five seasons of Dancing with the Stars. They were the only team in the top 10 that did not make it to finals.
Mark and his partner Kristi broke a record on the first week of Season 6 of Dancing with the Stars. They received the highest scores for their first dance of the season (27/30). They broke another record by being on the top of the leader board list 8 out of 10 weeks of competition. They also mantained the highest average as of Week 10 with a 28.3 average including a perfect 90/90 score for the finale, both Dancing with the Stars records. Kristi and Mark's lowest score, a 26, was also the highest "low" score ever for any contestant throughout the seasons.
In season 5 of Dancing with the Stars, Mark and Sabrina set a record by scoring a perfect 30/30 for their Paso Doble during week 4. They set another record by returning to the show on the 100th episode a week before the finale to perform a routine for the upcoming tour.
As children, Mark, Derek, and Julianne had their own pop music trio called "2B1G(2 Boys 1 Girl)."
Mark played the lead role of Tony in the musical Copacabana and 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.
Mark and his best friend Derek were featured on "People's" June 2008 magazine issue of most eligible bachelors.
Mark and Derek performed on George Pennachio. On June 20th, the performed on KCLA 99.3 FM and on June 21 they did a live concert at Universal Studios.
During season 6 of Dancing with the Stars, Mark was frequently made fun of because of his facial expressions when dancing.
Mark participated in the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade in 2007.
Mark's Dancing with the Stars Season 7 partner was Kim Kardashian.
Mark and his dad, Corky, became the first "father and son" rivals on the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars.
Mark learned dancing at his parents' dance studio in Houston, Texas with his friends, Derek Hough and Julianne Hough.
Mark's season 6 "Dancing with the Stars" partner was Kristi Yamaguchi. They were eventually voted as the winning couple, making this Mark's first win.
Mark's parents are Shirley and Corky Ballas.
From November 2007 to May 2008, Mark dated Sabrina Bryan whom he met on Dancing With the Stars. They are no longer together, but they are still very good friends. Mark broke up with her because of her Cheetah Girl schedules.
At the age of 12 when Mark began to study his instrument, he realized his passion for writing and singing his own music.
Mark was able to become the British Open to the World, US Open to the World, and International Open to the World. With his partner Julianne Hough, he won Junior Latin American Dance Champion and the Olympic Gold Medal at the Junior Olympics.
Mark not only plays the guitar, he also plays drums and bass.
Mark got his first guitar at the age of 4.
Mark's training in singing, dancing, and acting began at the age of 4 when he attended the Italia Conti Academy of Dramatic arts associate school. At the age of 11, he earned a full time spot in the Academy, and a full scholarship to the college. In 2005, Mark was voted as "Performer of the Year" at the school.
Mark became the British Juvenile Ballroom and Latin American Dance Champion at the age of 10.
Mark's partner in "Dancing With the Stars" (Season 5) was Sabrina Bryan. The two of them getting voted off early in the season was the biggest shock of season 5.
Mark and his best friend, Derek Hough, formed a band called Almost Amy. Members include: Mark Ballas (lead vocals, guitar, composer), Derek Hough (lead vocals, guitar), Emily Grace (keyboards), Sam Marder (bass guitar) and Harry Sullivan (drums). They got their first record deal signed with Hollywood Records on September 9, 2008.