Mark Ballas Retires From “Dancing With The Stars”
During the final show from this year’s “Dancing With The Stars Live Tour”, professional dancer, Mark Ballas, has announced that after twenty seasons, he is retiring from the show.
Mark Ballas has won the Mirrorball on three different occasions, including Charli D’Amelio, who won the last season, which was released exclusively on Disney+ last year. He has also previously won the competition with Kristi Yamaguchi and Shawn Johnson.
The announcement was made by Mark, while standing onstage with his partner on the tour, Charli D’Amelio.
“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. My mom is here tonight. My dad is here tonight. My wife is here tonight. My wife’s mom and dad are here tonight.
I just want to finish by saying, 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.”
I had the best time ever this season. And this dance is a great way to finish it off. I’m not saying this is the end,” he said. “I’m just saying this is the last time I’ll be dancing with a partner.”
Following the announcement, the “Dancing with the Stars” tour host Emma Slater brought out the whole cast of dancers to celebrate with Mark.
Last year, it was announced that “Dancing With The Stars” would be moving from ABC to Disney+. The show is produced in front of a live audience by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm, the show pairs celebrities with trained ballroom dancers to compete in themed choreographed dance routines. “Dancing with the Stars” first premiered on ABC in 2005 and has grown into an international phenomenon and source of constant watercooler conversation.
It was announced that Disney+ picked up the show for two seasons. However, no details have yet been announced about the show returning this coming Fall.
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Source – Deadline