Shirley Ballas Wiki – Biography
Shirley Annette Ballas is an English ballroom dancer, dance teacher, and dance adjudicator from Wallasey who specializes in the International Latin division, where she won several championship titles which earned her the nickname The Queen of Latin.
In 2017, Ballas was appointed head judge on the BBC TV show, Strictly Come Dancing following the departure of Len Goodman.
Shirley Ballas Age
Shirley ballas is 59 years old woman she was born 6 September 1960
Recent Updates: Shirley Ballas New Hairstyle
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Dancer and TV’s Strictly adjudicator Shirley Ballas will be attending our Strictly Maggie’s event Sunday 10th November at Leasowe Castle.
— Maggie’s Merseyside (@maggiesmersey) August 7, 2019
Shirley Ballas showcased a brand new hairstyle as she stepped out of a hair salon in Dulwich, London on Saturday Augst 24 2019. The head judge who cut a casual figure in a billowing white top and black leggings looked incredible with her new sleek bob.
The star appeared in good spirits as she flaunted her stylish chocolate brown tresses as she ran errands around South London.
Shirley Ballas Early Life & Family Crises
Ballas was born and raised in Wallasey, England, with brother David and mother Audrey. The children’s father left the family when Shirley was 2 years old. She began dancing at age 7 and began performing competitively the following years.
Shirley Ballas Career as Dancing
At 15, Ballas moved to North Yorkshire to partner British Ballroom Champion Nigel Tiffany, which she described as “a difficult time”. Two years later, she moved with Tiffany to London, where their partnership ended after dance teacher Nina Hunt convinced her to audition to partner with dancer Sammy Stopford. The two married when Ballas was 18, with the relationship ending five years later. As dance partners, their best result was winning Professional Latin at Blackpool Dance Festival in 1983.
Shirley Ballas Married to Corky Ballas
In the mid-1980s, she married Corky Ballas. Together their best results were winning Professional Latin at Blackpool Dance Festival in 1995 and 1996The pair moved to Houston, Texas to compete in the US. Their only child, professional ballroom dancer Mark Ballas, was born in 1986. However, the couple was divorced in 2007.
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Shirley Ballas stopped competing – Becomes a coach
Ballas stopped competing in dance competitions in 1996, becoming a dance coach and judge for ballroom and Latin American competitions.
Dancing with the Stars
Ballas has appeared on Dancing with the Stars, giving master classes and commentating on the show.
Strictly Come Dancing
On 9 May 2017, it was announced that Ballas would be joining the judging panel of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One, replacing Len Goodman as head judge. She made her first appearance on the panel four months later – at the launch show of series 15 on 9 September that year.