ABC’s hit show Dancing With the Stars was initially a draw for fans because of the lure of taking stars out of their comfort zone and having them compete. Over the past 13 years and 26 seasons, however, the popularity and fan base has shifted greatly over to the pros who teach the stars and try to guide them to a Mirror Ball Trophy win. One of the fan favorites has definitely been Mark Ballas as the talented and charming dancer has now participated in 18 consecutive seasons after joining the show in season 5. Thanks to their unique position as TV stars, but not the “stars” of the show, the pros get to lead more private lives, but we couldn’t wait to find out more about Ballas — check it out!
10. Early Life
Mark Alexander Ballas, Jr. was born in Houston, Texas, on May 24, 1986, to Corky and Shirley Ballas. Although he was born in Texas, he actually grew up in London, England, where his mother was originally from. Meanwhile, his other ancestry includes Mexican, Spanish and Greek descent. Ballas says, because of his upbringing, he now has an out of control accent that can differ between British and stereotypical Southern.