Corky Ballas

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  • Birth Place: Houston, Texas, United States
  • Profession: Dancer, Dance instructor
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Fast Facts

  • Along with ex-wife Shirley, is an undefeated eight-time United States international Latin champion and three-time British national champion.
  • Retired from professional competition in 1996.
  • Wrote the instructional book See It and Do It Rhumba, and has recorded more than 70 dance how-to DVDs.
  • Trained his protégés, sibling dancers Derek and Julianne Hough, as well as his son Mark Ballas, all of whom went on to be pros on Dancing With the Stars.
  • Also trained several other dancers for the ABC reality series, including Jonathan Roberts, Karina Smirnoff, Tony Dovolani, Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo. 
  • Paired with actor Cloris Leachman for the seventh season of Dancing.
  • Father, George Ballas Sr., owned a 64,000-square-foot dance studio; also invented the Weed Eater.
  • Mother, Maria Ballas, was a well-known flamenco dancer.

Relationships

  • Mark Ballas — Son
  • Maria Ballas — Mother
  • Shirley Ballas — Ex-wife
  • Winkie Ballas Jamail — Sister
  • George Ballas Sr. — Father

Details

  • Birth Place: Houston, Texas, United States
  • Profession: Dancer, Dance instructor

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