Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas
Posted 30 August 2011 - 01:48 PM
"The Reality Sweetheart"
There was a time when you had to head for The Hills to see Kristin Cavallari. Now all you have to do is go back to the ballroom as this TV and big screen beauty takes the stage on Dancing With The Stars!
Born in Denver, Colorado, Kristin moved to California as a high school junior when the first season of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County began production for MTV. She made her presence known instantly, as she was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in 2006 for Choice Reality Star.
After completing two successful years on the hit MTV show, Kristin switched gears to focus on a career in acting. She starred in such films as Van Wilder: Freshman Year, Green Flash, Spring Breakdown and Wild Cherry. Next, she scored a guest role on CSI: NY and, most recently, she got some laughs on ABC's The Middle.
Other credits include Veronica Mars, the lead role in Teddy Geiger's For You I Will (Confidence) music video and Gavin DeGraw's video for his single In Love with a Girl. In May 2009, Kristin joined the cast of MTV's reality series The Hills.
Currently serving as ambassador of the children's charity One Kid One World, Kristin joins the fight to aid underprivileged children around the globe. In 2010, she traveled to El Salvador where she dedicated personal time towards rebuilding schools in local communities. Continuing her humanitarian efforts, Kristin made her way to Kenya in early 2011 for another project for One Kid One World.
Most recently, Kristin combined her passion for fashion and love for charity. She teamed up with Shoe Dazzle to design a spring shoe with proceeds benefiting One Kid One World. Her new spring shoe, named Bardot, was slated for release in the summer of 2011. But right now, Kristin is focusing on the fall of 2011 as she tries to win it all on Dancing With The Stars!
Photo Credit: Jonathan Clay Harris
CELEBRITY PARTNER: Kristin Cavallari
Coming from a family of international dance stars, it's no surprise that Mark has two shiny disco ball trophies at home. He even beat out his dad, Corky, and tied with childhood friend Derek Hough, for the wins.
Mark joined the show in Season 5. Despite their stellar performances, he and partner Sabrina Bryan were eliminated in week six. It was so controversial that various websites voted it 2007's Most Shocking TV Moment.
Despite the Season 5 upset, Mark came back to win the DWTS title in Season 6 with partner Kristi Yamaguchi, and again in Season 8 with Shawn Johnson.
Born in Houston, Texas, Mark moved to London with his family as a child and joined the Italia Conti Academy of Dramatic Arts Associate School where his training in acting and singing/dancing began.
He grew up with fellow DWTS pros Derek and Julianne Hough, who lived and trained with his parents. He says they are more like family than friends. "We get along like brothers...we fight like brothers." Mark and Julianne partnered to win Junior Latin American and Junior Olympics dance championships.
As an actor, Mark has played the lead in the musical Copacabana. He also took on roles in the UK tour of Maria de Buenos Aires, and was an understudy in the London Palladium production of The Buddy Holly Musical. Plus, maybe you caught his guest star appearance on the 2008 season premiere of Samantha Who?
When he's not dancing, Mark focuses on his other passion, which is music. He rocks out with his band on tour and in the studio, where hes working to complete his upcoming CD, set for release this fall.
British Juvenile Ballroom and Latin American dance champ
US Open to the World, British Open to the World and International Open to the World Junior Latin American Champ
Junior Olympics Gold Medal Winner
British Open to the World, US Open to the World, International Open to the World twice, United Kingdom, Youth Latin American Dance Champion
PRIOR CELEBRITY PARTNERS:
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