As they say, “like father - like son”. Most of you are familiar with Mark Ballas, the amazing dancer of Dancing with the Stars fame, who has been setting the stage (and screens) on fire with his amazing skills. Not many of you will know however that his father Corky Ballas is also a great dancer in his own right.
A ballroom dancer who has already retired, Ballas Sr. won many Latin championships as a dancer in his career. Let's look at the bio of this celebrity who is 55 years of age.
Born to George Ballas and Maria (Marulanda) in Houston, Texas on 25th December 1960, Corky Ballas has a mixed ethnicity of Spanish, Mexican and Greek heritage. His father is known famously as the inventor of a lawn-trimmer called Weed Eater.
He was earlier married (now divorced) to Shirley Ballas, a professional dancer who is also called The Queen of Latin. They met in Montreal, Canada during a Latin dance competition. He and his ex-wife won the following competitions : Open to the World British Championship (1995 and 1996), Open to the World International Championship (1996), British National Championship (2 times as partners in their career), Star – World Cup UK Championship, United States International Latin Championship (7 times as partners in their career).
Corky and Shirley won together the International Latin American Dance Championship in 1995, which was held at London's Royal Albert Hall. The couple became very close as dancing partners, so they moved to Houston, Texas in the US. There is an interesting story regarding the naming of their only son, Mark Ballas. Before Mark was born, both Corky and Shirley expected the child to be a girl and had even thought of naming the baby girl as Amy. However, Mark, a boy was born instead. Later, Mark would take that name to name his rock band as Almost Amy.
Some of the dancers whom Ballas has trained are his son Mark, Karina Smirnoff, Derek Hough, Edyta Sliwinska, Brian Fortuna, Anna Tresbunskaya, Julianne Hough, Tony Dovolani, Alec Mazo, Jonathan Roberts, and Jessie DeSoto.
All of these people are participants of the show Dancing with the Stars. It was announced by the producers of the show on 25th August 2008 that Ballas would perform as a contestant alongside his former students and his son also in Season 7, his partner being Cloris Leachman, an actress who is 82 years old. Ballas performed with Florence Henderson in the Season 11 of the show but were eliminated in the 5th week.
Ballas has been active in the entertainment scene for many years, and it is sure that he must have won many fans and followers in this long career. Even then, it is of utmost importance for everyone these days to create a virtual image and goodwill these days by interacting with their fans and supporters on social media. He has over 5000 followers on Instagram, over 94 thousand followers on Twitter, and over 4 thousand likes on his Facebook page.
He also has his own official website http://www.corky.com, and you could actually follow him on all of these sites to stay updated on what's happening in his personal as well as professional life. You can also find his interviews on many websites.
Other statistics like his net worth and height isn't available on the internet.