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Q&A: Ballases on 'DWTS' are father and son

Dancers are father and son

On Dancing With the Stars there are two professionals with the last name of Ballas Mark and Corky. What is their relationship?

They are father and son.

Corky is Mark Alexander "Corky" Ballas Sr., 49, who retired as a competitive ballroom dancer after winning multiple Latin dance championship titles with his former wife and partner, Shirley, who is Mark's mother.

Corky Ballas has trained many of the Dancing With the Stars professionals, including his son Mark.

After years as a trainer, Ballas participated in the competition, dancing with Cloris Leachman in the seventh season and Florence Henderson in the current 11th season.

His website is

His son, Mark Alexander Corky Ballas Jr., is 24 and has been one of the professional dancers on the show since 2007. He has danced with Sabrina Bryan, Kristi Yamaguchi, Kim Kardashian, Shawn Johnson, Melissa Joan Hart, Shannen Doherty and this season, Bristol Palin. He has won the competition twice, with Yamaguchi and Johnson.

His blog is at

Little same in 'Hawaii Five-0'

Have I missed some explanation about how the new Hawaii Five-0 fits or follows the Jack Lord /James McArthur Kelly version from years ago? For example, was the McGarrett father who was killed in the pilot supposed to have been the Jack Lord character, and today's Steve is a Junior to him, or is today's Steve an earlier personification of the Jack Lord guy of years ago?

The overlaps between the 1968-80 series and the new one are in the title, theme song, names of characters, location and the focus on an elite crime-fighting team. And there may have been a nod to Jack Lord in having the new Steve McGarrett's father named Jack. But there is no direct narrative connection between the two shows. The premise has been tweaked and the characters have been redesigned, perhaps most noticeably in Kono, who was a man on the original series and is a woman in the new one. The use of the old name is a way to market a series that might not have been noticed if it was called, say, Alaska Four-9.

Val Kilmer not in governor race

Did actor Val Kilmer run for governor of New Mexico?

Despite telling the Associated Press in 2009 that he was pondering running for governor in 2010, Kilmer, who has a ranch in New Mexico, did not enter the race.

Voters will choose between Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez, the Dona Ana County district attorney, and Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish for New Mexico governor on Nov. 2.

Q&A: Ballases on 'DWTS' are father and son 10/14/10 [Last modified: Thursday, October 14, 2010 4:31am]
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