Dancing With the Stars

Mark Ballas on why 'Jersey Boys' was his destiny: 'I had seen the show 12 times when I auditioned'

Mark Ballas on why 'Jersey Boys' was his destiny: 'I had seen the show 12 times when I auditioned'

For 18 seasons, Mark Ballas was arguably one of the most innovative dancers and choreographers on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” The two-time champion and nine-time finalist on the competition series even earned an Emmy nomination for his work in 2011.

But now Ballas, a graduate of the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London, is concentrating on a life in the theater. He was the final Frankie Valli in the Broadway run of “Jersey Boys,” the Tony Award-winning musical about the Four Seasons, which closed in January after more than 4,000 performances. Ballas is reprising the role in the national tour, running through June 24 at the Ahmanson Theatre.

The actor, 31, is also...

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