Mark Ballas poses with his mom Shirley at the What’s Your Why? Smoke Swap event in Times Square, New York City on Wednesday afternoon (May 27).
The 29-year-old pro dancer and Shirley, also a pro dancer, showed off their dancing skills at the event and also offered tips to quit smoking, having both been smokers themselves.
“I was very inspired as a child by my mom. So when I put my mind towards quitting smoking, I knew she was going to be the best support and partner. It was the right choice for both of us and we did it together,” Mark shared in a statement.
Shirley added, “Mark is my world. I would do anything for him – even quitting smoking. When he asked me to do this with him, I couldn’t say yes fast enough, but there are still times I struggle with cravings. When that happens, I remind myself of my “why” – being there for Mark and my future grandchildren – and it gives me the strength to remain smoke-free.”
For the “What’s Your Why” campaign, adult smokers are encouraged to share and celebrate who or what motivates them to quit – their “why.”
Mark Ballas catches the cameras in the act while out lunching with some friends and his mom Shirley in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon (May 23).
The 28-year-old professional dancer took a little break from moving homes to grab a bite to eat.
“Sad to say goodbye to this place.. Spent the last 5 years here and have some incredible memories. I’ve had ups and downs here, choreographed some of my best work here, written some of my best music here and shared unforgettable time with friends and family here.. Time to turn the page to a new chapter,” Mark wrote on Instagram with one last shot of his old home.
Mark added the day before, moving his Dancing With The Stars mirrored ball trophies himself, “MBTs Safe and sound in the car… Mum as co-pilot #preciouscargo #dwts.”
Derek Hough takes time out from dance practice to meet with the fans outside the studio in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon (May 16).
The multiple Dancing With The Stars champ turned 30 on Sunday (May 17)!
“Happy Birthday to this sweet face! My older brother @derekhough What a special gem you are DMan! You touch so many people’s lives by what you do but mainly by who you are! I know I’ve been all up in your space for the last 27 years but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I look up to you more than you know! I love you D! #doyouhaveaniphone5charger? #heybabe #didyougetmefood? #lexiandharleymorningpresents #crashingatmybrothersbachelorpad,” sister Julianne wrote on Instagram.
Derek‘s best friend Mark Ballasadded, “HAPPY 30th Derek.. I Can’t believe we’ve been friends for 20 years. Feels like yesterday we met at center stage in Utah. Thank you for being the brother I never had and for always having my back, inspiring me and pushing me to be the best I can be.. I’m honored to call you brother and I love ya.. Happy Birthday @derekhough.”
“It was difficult trying to learn both the dance and learning to use the arm at the same time,” Noah shared during the Dancing With The Stars: Road To The Finals about his pivotal turning moment on the show.
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“Huge love to @markballas @lindsarnold @dance10jenna and of course my amazing man @paulkirkland01 for being apart of @noahgallowayathlete and my freestyle. Not to mention @bcjean & @travisgarland for taking it to the next level with their incredible voices. There are some epic, emotional and beautiful things happening. #dwts #teamshway love you all,” Sharna wrote on Instagram.
Mark added, “My queen @bcjean and homie @travisgarland will be singing @noahgallowayathlete & @sharnaburgess freestyle song Monday night on #dwts & its STUNNING, things couldn’t get any better. #pumped #TeamShway.”
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