As an actor, Ballas played the lead role of Tony in the musical Copacabana and was the lead dancer in the UK national tour of the Spanish musical Maria de Buenos Aires.He was also the understudy for the role of Ritchie Valens in the UK national tour of Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story.On September 6, 2016, it was announced that Ballas would be the final actor to portray the role of Frankie Valli in the Broadway cast of Jersey Boys before it closes in 2017.On the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars, Ballas was partnered with Cheetah Girls star Sabrina Bryan.They were the first couple eliminated, on March 30, 2010.Despite that, Shannen & Mark hold a higher average than a few celebrities who lasted longer than they did. They made it to the finale and finished in third place.For season 11, Ballas was partnered with Bristol Palin, daughter of former Alaska governor and U. For season 12, Ballas was partnered with Disney Channel star Chelsea Kane.They made it to the finals where they finished in third place.
On May 21, however, they were eliminated at the beginning of the show landing them in fourth place.Ballas's partner for season 6 of Dancing With The Stars was Olympic Gold Medal-winning figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi. On August 25, 2008, ABC announced the cast of the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars, with Ballas paired with reality television star Kim Kardashian.They were the third couple eliminated, finishing in eleventh place, on September 30, 2008.Ballas played an extra in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as part of the Hufflepuff House.In October 2008, Ballas made a guest appearance on the season premiere of Samantha Who.
They made it to the finale where they finished as the runners-up, losing to Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd.