Kim Kardashian and Mark Ballas

Kim Kardashian and Mark Ballas - Dancing With the Stars 2008

Kim Kardasian
PROFESSION:
Actress, model and reality television star

BACKGROUND:
Actress, model and reality television star, Kim Kardashian shot to stardom after the first airing of her hit E! reality series, Keeping up with the Kardashians. The series follows the exploits of Kim, her siblings, her mother Kris, and her stepfather, Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner. Kardashian recently completed her first feature film, Disaster Movie and will also be seen on The N’s series Beyond the Break.

Mark Ballas
ACHIEVEMENTS:
British Juvenile Ballroom and Latin American dance champ
US Open to the World, British Open to the World and International Open to the World Junior Latin American Champ
Junior Olympics Gold Medal Winner
British Open to the World, US Open to the World, International Open to the World twice, United Kingdom, Youth Latin American Dance Champion

STATS:
Style: Latin
Nationality: American
Based in: London, England
Status: Not Currently Competing

BACKGROUND:
After a stunning elimination in Season 5 with partner Sabrina Bryan, Mark partnered Kristi Yamaguchi to the championship in Season 6.

Mark was born in Houston, Texas to Corky and Shirley Ballas, two of the biggest names in dance. When he was very young, they moved to London, England where he began his performing career. He joined the Italia Conti Academy of Dramatic Arts Associate School at age 4, where his training in acting and singing/dancing began. At age 11, he earned a full-time spot at the Academy. He also earned a full scholarship to the college and won performer of the year in 2005.

Mark has also performed in theater. He played the lead in the musical Copa Cabana, as well as playing roles in Maria de Buenos Aires, The Buddy Holly Musical and at the London Palladium.

His dancing partner, Julianne Hough, and her brother Derek Hough moved to England when they were young and lived with Mark and his parents. There, they were trained by Mark’s parents, Corky and Shirley Ballas. They became close friends and still are to this day.

Mark’s biggest passion is his band “Almost Amy.” Together with his best friend and fellow dancer, Derek Hough, they write and perform all their original music. This season Mark’s father, Corky, is also on Dancing with the Stars.

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