About Mark Ballas
In between that time, Ballas would go on to earn numerous awards of recognition, including British Juvenile Ballroom and Latin American dance champ; U.S. Open to the World, British Open to the World and International Open to the World Junior Latin American Champ; Junior Olympics Gold Medal Winner; and British Open to the World and U.S. Open to the World. Ballas danced with three partners prior to coming on the show, including Hough and Daria Zviagina, with whom he won Blackpool with both. He also won International Championships with both Hough and Yulia Mossikhina. Known for his impressive Latin moves on "Dancing," Ballas really stood out from the pack with fifth season celebrity competitor, "Cheetah Girls" star, Sabrina Bryan. After the couple was surprisingly voted off early that season, they went public with their real-life romance. For the sixth season, it was announced Ballas' partner would be Olympic Gold Medal-winning figure skater, Kristi Yamaguchi, with whom he would win the coveted trophy. One year later, he would repeat the win with gymnast Shawn Johnson. Outside of his work on "Dancing," Ballas' biggest passion was his band, Ballas Hough Band. Together with best friend and fellow "Dancing" co-star, Derek Hough, they wrote and performed all their own original music.