Shawn Johnson wins Season 8 of 'Dancing'

Shawn Johnson wins Season 8 of 'Dancing'

LOS ANGELES, May 19 (UPI) -- Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson was declared the Season 8 winner of "Dancing with the Stars" Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
'DWTS' star Ballas suffers groin injury

'DWTS' star Ballas suffers groin injury

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Professional dancer Mark Ballas said in Los Angeles that an injury has forced him to pull out of the "Dancing with the Stars" stage tour for a couple of weeks.
Minnesota thieves steal from 'Stars' van

Minnesota thieves steal from 'Stars' van

ROSEVILLE, Minn., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Participants of the reality TV series "Dancing with the Stars" allege thieves stole property from their van while they were in Roseville, Minn.
Yamaguchi wins 'Dancing with the Stars'

Yamaguchi wins 'Dancing with the Stars'

LOS ANGELES, May 21 (UPI) -- Kristi Yamaguchi and her professional dance partner Mark Ballas were declared the winners of the U.S. dance competition "Dancing with the Stars" Tuesday night.
Marissa voted off of 'Dancing'

Marissa voted off of 'Dancing'

LOS ANGELES, May 14 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Marissa Jaret Winokur and her professional dance partner Tony Dovolani were the latest contenders voted off of "Dancing with the Stars."

Winokur booted from 'Dancing'

LOS ANGELES, May 13 (UPI) -- Kristi Yamaguchi, Cristian de la Fuente and Jason Taylor Tuesday made it into the final round of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

'Dancing' star Derek Hough injures neck

LOS ANGELES, April 1 (UPI) -- Professional dancer Derek Hough left the "Dancing with the Stars" set in an ambulance Tuesday after hurting his neck, E! News reported.
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Mark Ballas

Mark Alexander Ballas Jr. (born May 24, 1986) is an American dancer. At a young age, he moved to London, in the UK, where he began his performing career. He remained in London until 2007, when he moved back to the US.

Ballas is a professional ballroom dancer on the ABC program Dancing with the Stars. He began competing on the show in the fall of 2007. He is also a singer/songwriter/musician for the group Ballas Hough Band, where he composes the group's music, plays lead guitar and sings lead vocals.

Ballas was born in Houston, Texas, with family ties in Laredo, Texas. His paternal grandparents are George Charles Ballas and Maria Luisa Marulanda Ballas of Mexican, Spanish and Greek background. His parents are Corky Ballas and British-born Shirley Ballas (née Rich). Grandfather George Ballas is the inventor of the Weed Eater lawn-trimming device.

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