Mark Ballas

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Interesting Biography Facts

Real name

Mark Alexander Ballas Jr



Birth Date

May 24, 1986


37 years

Zodiac Sign



Houston, Texas, United States


Rosemead Preparatory School; Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts



Mark Ballas family members

Father's Name

Corky Ballas

Mother's Name

Shirley Ballas

Is Mark Ballas a gay/bisexual?


What is Mark Ballas marital status?


Who is Mark Ballas wife?

BC Jean Ballas

When did get married?

November 25, 2016

Mark Ballas wife

BC Jean Ballas (wife)

BC Jean Ballas


Date of birth: April 22, 1987

Brittany Jean Carlson, or BC Jean, is a talented singer and songwriter. Besides, she is an incredibly beautiful woman, who captured the heart of handsome and creative Mark Ballas. By the way, mark gained a reputation of a womanizer. He dated lots of gracious women, like Julianne Hough, Sabrina Bryan, and Pia Toscano. Nevertheless, the tender blonde Brittany managed to capture his heart. They crossed their ways at a fundraising concert, where both took part and started talking. Later Mark asked her for a date, and they immediately fell in love with each other. Both have lots of common interests, they are music fans and often collaborate on various projects.

BC Jean and Mark wedded on November 25, 2016, at a Malibu ranch. Mark’s fans are sure, he has made a great choice – Brittany is a great girl from a respectable American family. She was born in San Diego, California in the family of a successful investor (father) and talent manager (mother). She started the career of a musician in 2010s, when she released songs “I’ll Survive You”, “Just a Guy” and others. Besides, BC Jean co-wrote Beyonce’s song “If I Were A Boy”.

Who are Mark Ballas parents?

Corky Ballas (father)

Corky Ballas father Mark Ballas


Date of birth: December 25, 1960

Dancing is in Mark’s genes. His father, Mark Alexander Ballas Sr., better known under the name “Corky Ballas”, is a former ballroom dancer and winner of numerous championships. Although Marks’ parents separated many years ago, his father stays in touch with him and gives him the necessary love and support.

Mark was born in Houston, Texas in the family of Maria and George Ballas. His father was the co-founder of the company “Weed Eater”, which produced unique lawn trimming devices. He grew up with three sisters and a brother.

Mark Sr. liked ballroom dancing and connected his life with this incredibly beautiful kind of sport. He met his future wife Shirley when the latter one came from her home country England to the USA to give dancing lessons there. He captured her heart, and she left her first husband Sammy Stopford to be with Corky. They got married and gave birth to Mark, their only son. Neither Corky nor Shirley had any other kids.

Corky attracted lots of public attention when he was cast as the professional contestant to the 7th season of the DWTS show. He was a partner of an actress Cloris Leachma.

Shirley Ballas (mother)

Shirley Ballas mother Mark Ballas

Date of birth: September 6, 1960

Mark is especially close to his great mother. Shirley Rich (her birth name) started dancing at the age of 8, and at the age of 14, she decided to become a professional dancer. This bright woman made a great career as a dancer and teacher. She was born in Wallasey, England, and was brought up by a single mother Audrey, who later helped her with Mark, when her husband and she were away from home on competitions. Shirley had a brother David, who committed suicide in 2003.

In 2017 Shirley attracted lots of public attention, when she was chosen to the dancing contest “Strictly Come Dancing”, the English version of DWTS. That covered her with another wave of fame, in addition to her numerous victories at ballroom championships and hard teaching work – she has prepared a lot of modern famous dancers, like Karina Smirnoff, Hough siblings, Tony Dovolani and of course, her famous son.


Mark Alexander Ballas Jr is one of the most famous dancers in the world. No doubt, he is at the top, due to his grit, talent, and charisma. One of the most stylish entertainers in the industry, he gained wide popularity after participation in “Dancing with the Stars” (DWTS). As of 2020, he has already participated in 19 cycles of the show and won it twice – in the sixth season with a figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and in the eighth season with the gymnast Shawn Johnson.

His career in the industry was presumed from the very moment of his birth. He is a son of two dancers, who have won numerous championships. He grew up in Houston, Texas, USA, and most of his childhood he spent in the house of his maternal grandmother Audrey Rich because his parents were away on dancing competitions very often.

It became obvious, that mark inherited his love and capacity to move graciously from his parents. As his mother joked, her son started dancing when the fridge lamp was lit, and the boy felt that he was on the stage.

He was 11 when his mother left professional sports and opened a dancing school. He attended that school with the siblings Derek and Julianne Hough (you know them as constant participants of DWTS).

Mark Ballas fans hope to see their beloved dancer in each season of DWTS. But he is focused on some other projects, so he can’t be present at the set all the time. He left the show for a while to play on the Broadway show “Jersey Boys”, but then returned. In 2018 the dancer confessed, that he was not sure, whether he would be the part of the dancing series again. He channeled his creative energy to the projects he had started with his wife, a singer Brittany Jean. Recently, they both had gone for the winter tour.

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