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Mark Ballas hangs up ‘Dancing’ shoes

By Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times
Published: March 19, 2023, 6:04am

Mark Ballas’ time as a dancer and mentor on “Dancing With the Stars” has come to an end.

During the final stop of the Dancing With the Stars tour in Las Vegas, the longtime “DWTS” personality announced that his freestyle with partner Charli D’Amelio would be his last.

“This will be the last time you’ll see me dance in this capacity. I’m coming to a close tonight,” he said at the Palms Casino’s Pearl Concert Theater. “This is going to be my last dance.”

Representatives for Ballas and “Dancing With the Stars” did not comment.

Ballas, 36, made his “Dancing With the Stars” debut in 2007 when he partnered with “The Cheetah Girls” star Sabrina Bryan. The following year, he and Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi won the Season 6 Mirrorball Trophy. He took home his second Mirrorball Trophy with Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson in 2009.

During his tenure, Ballas also partnered with Kim Kardashian, Melissa Joan Hart, Aly Raisman and Candace Cameron Bure.

“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 said earlier in his announcement.

Ballas expressed gratitude for his Season 31 partner, D’Amelio, with whom he won his third Mirrorball Trophy in November.