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| Mark Ballas was born into a family of dancers. His grandfather George ran one of the largest dance studios in the world in Mark's hometown of Houston, Texas. His parents were world champion ballroom dancers, and his dad Corky was a professional dancer on Season 7 of Dancing With The Stars. Mark's second middle name (yes, second of two middle names) is Corky. |
Mark moved to London with his family as a child and began competing in dance competitions. He grew up with siblings and fellow DWTS pros Derek and Julianne Hough, who lived and trained with his parents. Mark and Julianne partnered to win Junior Latin American and Junior Olympics dance championships.
Mark began competing on Dancing With The Stars in Season 5, when he and partner Sabrina Bryan were controversially eliminated in mid-season despite stellar early performances, including a perfect 30 for their paso doble in Week 4. Mark came back to win the DWTS title in Season 6 with partner Kristi Yamaguchi.
Mark and Sabrina dated for a while after their DWTS partnership. More recently, Mark has been seen out and about with new girlfriend Joanna Pacitti, who was booted from her own reality show, American Idol. When not competing on DWTS, Mark and his close friend Derek Hough are members of the Ballas Hough Band.
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|Francine2||Mark Ballas outdances partners to distract voters?||3||Nov 22 2010, 8:21 AM EST by SlikLizrd|
Thread started: Nov 19 2010, 5:42 AM EST Watch
They all do it - depends on how bad the "star" is. If you focus on the "star", you will often see thay are barely moving their feet - just waving their arms or being drug about. He's obviously got his greatest challenge with his Season 11 partner. Sidebar: I wish he would grow his hair out.
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|greenknees||Does Mark Ballas outdance his partners to distract voters?||1||Oct 1 2009, 5:24 PM EDT by offwithherhead|
Thread started: Sep 30 2009, 6:33 PM EDT Watch
It's often said of Mark that he cannot resist overdancing next to a truly green partner in an effort to distract attention from his partner's weaknesses. His overly expressive use of his face is cited as a similar ploy. Is Mark deliberately using distraction, or just dancing? What's you view.
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