Dancing With The Stars’ Mark Ballas announces retirement

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Dancing With The Stars has been a fan favourite since it debuted on ABC just under two decades ago. The show has seen many famous faces come and go but now Mark Ballas has confirmed “this is going to be my last dance” as he announced he is leaving the hit reality competition.

After featuring as a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars, three-time Mirrorball champion Ballas said he would be stepping down.

He announced the news on the DWTS tour as he and the cast made their final stop in Las Vegas.

Speaking to the audience the dancer announced: “I’ve done 20 seasons now.”

“I started this journey when I was 21, 22 and honestly being able to dance and perform for you fans—you guys are the best fans,” he added. 

Ballas then explained the significance of the evening, dropping an announcement that the audience certainly didn’t expect.

“My mum is here tonight, my dad is here tonight, my wife is here tonight, my wife’s mum and dad are here tonight,” the 36-year-old continued. 

Before adding: “I just want to finish this by saying that this will be the last time you see me dance in this capacity. I’m coming to a close tonight. This is going to be my last dance.”

Thankfully, Ballas vowed he wasn’t retiring from showbiz altogether, he is only stepping away from the show as a professional. 

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The dancer explained: “I’m not saying this is the end. This is just the last time I’ll be dancing with a partner.”

Ballas is set to finish his time starring on DWTS on a high as he and TikTok star Charli D’Amelio won the last season of the competition in December last year. 

D’Amelio was by his side for the big announcement and shared their final dance together as partners during the DWTS tour. 

Ballas went on to praise his dance partner and her family, saying: “Charli means the world to me, D’Amelio family, you guys mean the world to me. Thank you for everything.”

Prior to his recent victory with D’Amelio, Ballas was also crowned champion of season six with partner Kristi Yamaguchi and again in season eight with professional rugby player Shaun Johnson.

Following his announcement Dancing with the Stars tour host Emma Slater then brought out the whole cast of dancers to celebrate Ballas.

“Mark, we love you so much,” Emma said. “Look at all the cast coming out to see you. Such a champion.”

Adding: “I don’t think Dancing with the Stars would have been the same without this guy right here.”

Ballas has followed in the footsteps of his famous dancer parents, Shirly Ballas who is known for her role on the UK’s popular dancing competition Strictly Come Dancing.

And his father and Corky Ballas, who has also had a successful career in ballroom, as he is a retired competitive ballroom dancer having won several Latin dance championship titles. 

The dancer departed the show after the Dancing With The Stars tour ended its tour in Las Vegas this week. 

Dancing with the Stars airs on ABC in the US and is currently streaming on Disney+ in the UK.

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