A lifelong dancer and musician, Emmy-nominated Mark Ballas has wowed over 20 million viewers on ABC's number one show, Dancing with the Stars, for 11 seasons. No stranger to the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy, he is a two-time champion (Season 6 with Kristi Yamaguchi and Season 8 with Shawn Johnson) and caused a media frenzy when he took performance newcomer Bristol Palin all the way to the finals in Season 11 and re-partnered with her in Season 14. Ballas garnered a 2011 Creative Arts Emmy nomination for Outstanding Choreography for his creative pieces during Season 12, where he and his partner, Disney star Chelsea Kane, made it to the finals, finishing in third place. In season 13, he and his partner, Welsh singing sensation Katherine Jenkins, made it to the finals, finishing in second place. He competed in over fifteen seasons of the show.
In April 2011, Ballas's debut solo album, _HurtLoveBox_, was released by Hit Play Records - Sony Red. His first single, "Hotwire," received over 100 million views and appeared on feature reels in over 100,000 retail and business locations worldwide. Ballas was named the Clear Channel "Artist to Watch" in July 2011.
As an actor, Ballas played the lead role of Tony in the musical _Copacabana_ and was the lead dancer in the UK national tour of the Spanish musical _Maria de Buenos Aires_. He was also the understudy for the role of Ritchie Valens in the UK national tour of _Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story_. Ballas was the final actor to portray the role of ‘Frankie Valli’ in the Broadway cast of _Jersey Boys_ before it closed in 2017. He played the role of ‘Teen Angel’ in the 2018 Toronto revival of _Grease_, and portrayed ‘Charlie Price’ in the musical _Kinky Boots_ on Broadway in 2018.
When Ballas isn't performing, he is passionate about speaking to children about acceptance. When he was young, he and his family were forever altered by the suicide of his uncle, David. Ballas and his mother, Shirley (David's sister), formed The Ballas Foundation in the fall of 2010, which is committed to removing the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide by raising money, awareness, and volunteerism in support of suicide awareness. The Ballas Foundation seeks to promote a public health model along with a media campaign to raise awareness of suicide.
Mark is currently in the indie music duo ALEXANDER JEAN, alongside wife BC Jean.
Mark was born in Houston, TX to award winning Latin American ballroom dancers Corky and Shirley Ballas, some of the most sought-after dance instructors in the word. At a young age he then moved to his mother’s hometown, Liverpool, England where he attended Italia Conti Performing Arts Academy studying music, singing, acting and dance; He graduated with a degree and honors. Mark married longtime love and music partner BC Jean in November 2016. The couple loves to spend their time traveling, attending music festivals, loving animals, and are passionate about fashion and making music. When not traveling or touring, the couple resides in Los Angeles, CA.