Ballas attended Rosemead Preparatory School in South London.At the age of 11, he earned a full-time slot at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London, as well as earning a full scholarship. He then moved on to win championships at The British Open to the World, The US Open to the World, and The International Open to the World.They were the third couple eliminated, finishing in eleventh place, on September 30, 2008.For the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars, Ballas was paired with Olympic gold-medal winning gymnast Shawn Johnson, winning that season's competition on May 19, 2009."I was actually meant to be doing another theater gig, but it got pushed," he explained. It was all meant to happen." It definitely seems like there's a higher power at play, because from the very start of the season they've been the partnership from heaven!"The next day I found out Lindsey was doing this season. They kicked things off with a respectable score of 22 for their cha-cha, which tied for the highest score of the night.Despite that, Shannen & Mark hold a higher average than a few celebrities who lasted longer than they did. They made it to the finale and finished in third place.
Ballas's partner for season 6 of Dancing With The Stars was Olympic Gold Medal-winning figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi. On August 25, 2008, ABC announced the cast of the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars, with Ballas paired with reality television star Kim Kardashian.He began competing on the show in season five during the fall of 2007 and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography in 2011.Ballas released his first solo CD Hurt Love Box in March 2011.And during Week 2, they took the top spot, but just barely!
We can already tell this season is going to be a nail-biter.
For season 10, Ballas was partnered with actress Shannen Doherty.