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Shirley Ballas's Biography

 
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Shirley Ballas was born Shirley Rich on 17 September 1960 in Wallasey in England.

She won her first major Latin championship at 18 and went on to have huge dancing success with her dance partner and first husband Sammy Stopford.

In 1983, Shirley Ballas moved to Houston, Texas.

Shirley and her second husband, Corky Ballas, won their first professional Latin title in 1984 and went on to become the most successful Latin American Champions in USA history.

In the meantime, Shirley and Corky had a son, Mark Ballas, who himself went on to become a successful dancer and Dancing with the Stars regular.

In 1990 Shirley and Corky Ballas moved to the UK.

They became the guardians of Derek Hough and his sister Julianne Hough in 1998, who also became regulars on Dancing with the Stars.

Shirley and Corky continued to rack up ballroom dancing titles, until she retired from competitive dancing in 1996.

In 2007, she and Corky Ballas divorced.

In May 2017, the BBC announced that Shirley Ballas was to take over from Len Goodman as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing.

Video of Shirley Ballas Teaching the Rumba





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