DWTS Pro Mark Ballas' Mom Shirley Is Learning to Use Crutches after a Painful Injury
Shirley Ballas is the mother of "Dancing with the Stars" pro Mark Ballas. She was recently rushed to a hospital and has been left on crutches after she broke her ankle.
In the clip she shared on Instagram, the 59-year-old can be seen walking on crutches after being treated in A&E. She chanted "crutches, right foot, close" to herself.
"So a clean break," Ballas captioned the video. "Six weeks to heal. Thank you to NHS and all staff who took care of me."
In her post, she said thanks to her partner Daniel Taylor, 47, for taking care of her. The English ballroom dancer also guaranteed everyone that she will be fine.
Meanwhile, Taylor also shared photos of the couple in the hospital. He called Ballas a "brave soldie," as reported by Mirror.
Ballas, who was previously a judge on the American version of "Dancing With The Stars," also shared a picture of herself with one of the nurses who took care of her.
"THE QUEEN OF LATIN"
In 2017, Ballas joined the judging panel of "Strictly Come Dancing" on BBC One. As reported by The Sun, she replaced Len Goodman as head judge.
Ballas earned her nickname "The Queen of Latin" after winning several championship titles in the International Latin division.
In 1996, Ballas stopped contending in dance competitions.
EARLY LIFE AND CAREER
Born in Wallasey on September 6, 1960, Ballas started dancing at seven years old. She began performing competitively in the next years.
Ballas, then 15, decided to move to North Yorkshire to partner British Ballroom Champion Nigel Tiffany. They won Professional Latin at Blackpool Dance Festival in 1983 as dance partners.
In 1985, Ballas tied the knot with professional ballroom dancer Corky Ballas. However, the two called it quits in 2007 when he left her for Kristina Rihanoff, who is also a ballroom dancer. Ballas and Corky had son Mark in 1986.
In 1996, Ballas stopped contending in dance competitions, as reported by BBC. She then became a dance coach and judge for ballroom and Latin American competitions.
Ballas trained Mark, Derek, and Julianne Hough. They all proceeded to win the Open British Championships in their age grades in Latin ballroom.
All three also competed as professional dancers on "Dancing with the Stars." Julianne, who is now a permanent judge on the show, won seasons four and five. Mark also won seasons six and eight. Meanwhile, Derek won seasons seven, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 21.