Mark Ballas is a renowned professional dancer, performer, and choreographer who became popular for his works on ABC’s widely known dance competition show, Dancing With the Stars, for which he is a two-time champion. His excellent skills in choreography which he displayed on the ABC show fetched him a nomination in the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Choreography category.
More so, he is a musician and singer-songwriter who is a member of the pop-rock band, Alexander Jean – made up of himself and his wife, BC Jean. Being a professional dancer, Ballas has competed in many musical contests around the globe, winning some, but in the recent times, his records on Dancing With the Stars is what he is mostly recognised for.
Mark Ballas Has Made DWTS‘ Finals 10 Times Since Joining The ABC Show In The Fifth Season
Mark Ballas put a start to his dancing career on the dance competition TV series, Dancing With the Stars in the year 2009. The show premiered on ABC in June 2005 and is still running to date, with its twenty-ninth season premiering on September 14th, 2020. He has been a participant on the show for 18 seasons and has made it to the finale ten times. After spending one season in the dance competition show, Ballas was among the season 6 finalists, a feat he repeated in the eighth season together with his dancing partner, Shawn Johnson – an American former artistic gymnast who is an Olympic gold and silver medalist.
He reached another finale in season 11 of the show when he was partnered with the daughter of former Alaska governor, Bristol Palin, he finished in the third position. Similarly, in the next season, he ended up in third place alongside his partner, Chelsea Lane who is an American actress and singer. Then in season 14, Mark Ballas and classical singer Katherine Jenkins made it to the season finale and nearly became Dancing With the Stars champions.
He further emerged as the show’s finalist in season 16 when, for the first time in Dancing With the Stars, four couples reached the finals. Mark and his partner Aly Raisman, a two-time Olympic champion eventually finished in the fourth position. Mark Ballas subsequently made it to the finale of seasons 18, 19, 22, and 25, and in the process, established himself as one of the most talented dancers in the United States.
He Holds The Record For Most Second Place Finish On The Dance Show
Having made the finale of most of the seasons he has participated in, Ballas has, in the process finished some seasons in second place. He alongside Katherine Jenkins ended up as the runners-up of season 14 when they lost to the winners, Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd. Also in the 19th season, together with American actress and reality TV star, Sadie Robertson, the gifted choreographer finished second place, losing to Alfonso Ribeiro – an American actor, dancer, singer, comedian, and TV personality.
He then partnered with UFC mixed martial artist, Paige VanZant for the 22nd season and finished in second place. Subsequently, he was absent in the 23rd and 24th seasons. Then returning for the 25th season, Ballas ended up as the season’s runners-up along with his dancing partner, Lindsey Stirling.
In The Course Of His Over 17 Seasons On DWTS, The Gifted Performer Has Won Two Seasons
In his long term career as a dancer on Dancing With the Stars, Mark Ballas has partnered with many famous personalities such as Kim Kardashian, Christina Milian, Melissa Joan Hart, Kristin Cavallari, Willow Shields, and Alexa PenaVega with whom he never made it to the finals. However, in his second season appearance on the ABC program, Ballas emerged as the winner of season 6 together with his partner, Kristi Yamaguchi, an Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater.
In like manner, he won the season 8 competition with Shawn Johnson in May 2009, becoming a two-time champion of Dancing with the Stars. He has additionally established many records on the show including becoming the pro dancers together with Kristi Yamaguchi to register the highest score of 27 in the premiere of a season (season 6), as well as the professional with the highest number of partners to attain at least a score of 9 on the night of a season premiere.
Mark Ballas’ Alluring Dancing Records Contributed To His Participation On DWTS
Ballas is a graduate of Rosemead Preparatory School, South London. Following his graduation from the preparatory school, he received a full scholarship to study at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts situated in London where he learned not just how to dance but also how to act, sing, and play instruments. By the time he was twelve years old, he perfectly played guitar, drums, bass, and equally wrote and performed his own music.
He cited guitar legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Paco de Lucia, and Eric Clapton as his influences. The adept dancer earned the Performer of the Year Award in 2005 which was the beginning of his illustrious career. He went on to clinch numerous championships which include The US Open to the World, The British Open to the World, The International Open to the World Championships, as well as winning Junior Latin American Dance Championship with Julianne Hough. He is also a holder of the Junior Olympics gold medal.
Following his impressive records, Mark Ballas was named among the cast members of the fifth season of Dancing With the Stars, marking the beginning of his journey to fame.
A Look At His Exploits In The Film And Music Industry
As a great choreographer, Mark Ballas was nominated in the Outstanding Choreography category in the 2011 Creative Arts Emmy for his amazing choreography skills in DWTS. He choreographed for a Diet Pepsi commercial with Sofia Vergara. Aside from being a dancer, Mark Ballas has dabbled in acting. He was cast as Frankie Valli in the Broadway production of Jersey Boys in 2017. He further scored the role of Teen Angel in the revival of the 1971 musical, Grease in June 2018. Also, he has starred in other stage productions, including musical Kinky Boots, Copacabana, and The Buddy Holly Musical.
His other acting credits include Maria de Buenos Aires, Harry Potter, and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Samantha Who? among others. Additionally, Mark Ballas is a musician and singer-songwriter who was a member of the pop-rock band, The Ballas Hough Band which he formed with Dancing With the Stars champion, Derek Hough, both served as the band’s lead guitarist and vocalist. Other members of the band include Harry Sullivan (drummer), Sam Marder (bassist/guitarist), and Emily Grace (vocalist/keyboardist).
In 2009, the group dropped their debut album ‘BHB’ which reached the 98th spot on US Billboard 200. They also released singles ‘Do It for You’, ‘Move’, and ‘Do You Love Me’ before disbanding in the next year. Ballas, afterwards, released his debut solo album named ‘HurtLoveBox’ in March 2011. More so, he is a fellow of the pop-rock duo, Alexander Jean which he co-founded with his wife, BC Jean in 2015. Their first single, ‘Rose and Violets’, climbed to Top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Bubbling Under chart.
The Pro Dancer Met His Wife At A Show
Mark Ballas met his wife BC Jean in 2012, at a show where he performed in a band and Jean performed as a soloist. They began dating later in the same year. They got engaged on 25th November 2015 and married a year later on 25th November 2016 in Malibu, California. They continue to work together professionally as a musical duo, performing live on TV shows and music events.
Ballas’ Wife Wrote Beyonce’s Hit Song ‘If I Were a Boy‘
Known professionally as BC Jean, Mark Ballas’ wife was born Brittany Jean Carlson on April 22nd, 1987 in the United States. She is a singer-songwriter and actress. She took to songwriting when she was fourteen and at the age of fifteen, she had her first performance as a singer together with a cover band at the Sahara Casino, Las Vegas.
BC Jean is popularly known for writing the single ‘If I Were a Boy’ which became a massive hit after it was sung by Beyoncé.
She then dropped her debut single ‘Just a Guy’ in September 2010 and released another single ‘I’ll Survive You’ the following year. BC Jean went on to form a musical duo, Alexander Jean, with Mark Ballas in 2015. As an actress, she played the role of Harper in the Web series, Talent.