Mark Ballas

by ethnic on September 24, 2009

Birth Name: Mark Alexander Corky Ballas

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 24, 1986

*Greek, Mexican [including Spanish] (father)
*English, Irish (mother)

Mark Ballas is an American dancer, choreographer, musician, and actor. He is well known for appearing on the show Dancing with the Stars.

Mark was born in Houston, Texas, to Shirley Ballas (born Shirley Annette Rich) and Corky Ballas (Mark Alexander Ballas), both professional dancers. His father, who is American, is of half Greek and half Mexican (including Spanish) descent. His mother, who is English, is of English and Irish ancestry. Mark moved to the U.K. with his family at a young age. He returned to the U.S. in 2007.

Mark is married to BC Jean, a singer, songwriter, and actress.

Mark’s paternal grandfather was George Charles Ballas (the son of Charles P. Ballas and Maria Charles Lymnaos/Lymneous). George was born in Louisiana, to ethnic Greek parents (his mother was from Moschonisia, Turkey). George invented the first string trimmer (the Weed Eater), in 1971.

Mark’s paternal grandmother is Maria Louisa Marulanda (the daughter of Alejandro R. Marulanda and Leonor de Jesus Peña). Alejandro was born in Texas, of Mexican descent. Leanor was Mexican.

Mark’s maternal grandparents are George A. Rich (the son of George Rich and Ellen McKenna) and Audrey Standring (the daughter of Frank Standring and Daisy Sutton). Ellen had Irish ancestry.

Source: Mark’s paternal grandmother, Maria Louisa Marulanda, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Capricious October 8, 2015 at 10:19 pm

He’s so hot, whoever he is.

Definitely looks more Greek/Spanish than anything.

M July 23, 2015 at 8:14 pm

He just looks Mexican to me.

loiro February 24, 2016 at 6:46 am

because you have a very low pov of what europeans look like lol, the mexicans who resemble him do so because their ancestry is european (spanish) the average mexican mestizo does not look like him

Ardor May 21, 2017 at 11:10 pm
cwm85 July 23, 2015 at 4:14 pm

He strongly favors his Dad. The Greek and Spanish is very strong in his features

follers July 23, 2015 at 4:15 pm
andrew September 16, 2016 at 6:42 pm
Hill June 26, 2017 at 10:35 am

He looks like both. Which shouldn’t be surprising?

andrew June 2, 2013 at 10:46 am

same eyes shape

Esteban Phatouros Dertouzos October 14, 2011 at 8:13 am

Mark is Greek

Lil Vacha April 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm

He’s also Mexican. It’s on Wikipedia…! :)

Rachel Vasquez July 5, 2011 at 10:13 am

Winkipedia isn’t a very trustworthy source of information IMO.

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