For 18 consecutive seasons, “Dancing With the Stars” pro Mark Ballas has rocked the dance floor with his innovative and theatrical routines. But it looks like the two-time Mirror Ball champion is contemplating a break from the ballroom.
“I’m not sure yet,” Ballas told People magazine in discussing whether he would compete in Season 23 of the hit ABC series. “This [season] just finished and my back still hurts. Thinking that far ahead is kind of … you know, it’s hard.”
In Season 22 of the reality series, the 30-year-old Emmy nominee was sidelined from the competition after injuring his back during Week 2 rehearsals with partner Paige VanZant. Mark explained he had slipped a disc in his back, which forced him to take a seat while his partner shook it out with troupe member Alan Bersten.
Mark was appreciative that Alan stepped in but divulged he was itching to twirl his partner around the dance floor again. “I’m hopeful I’ll be back,” he told show co-host Erin Andrews. “I want to be there with her. She’s fantastic.” The dancer pushed himself to be back in the ballroom the next week. And the week after that and so forth. So now, after 10 weeks of dancing, the performer’s body is paying the price.
But the dancer, who currently is engaged to songstress BC Jean, confirmed he’s not injured — he’s just sore.
“Sore meaning, tired because I just competed for 10 weeks & it’s too early to be thinking about next season LOL,” the dancer wrote on Twitter.
Clearly misquoted here guys, I'm NOT injured, i clearly said that this season JUST ended & im still sore from it. 1. https://t.co/lhvPaECTwI
— Mark Ballas (@MarkBallas) June 9, 2016
“Dancing With the Stars” was renewed for a 23rd season in March.