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Who is Shirley Ballas?

Shirley Ballas (born 6 September 1960) is an English ballroom dancer, dance teacher, and dance adjudicator. She 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 a head judge on the BBC TV show, Strictly Come Dancing following the departure of Len Goodman.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas makes painful revelation over health scare

Strictly Come Dancing's Shirley Ballas makes painful revelation over health scare
Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas makes painful revelation over health scare

Strictly head judge Shirley Ballas revealed she was waiting for test results after health checks were prompted by worried TV viewers.

The 61-year-old was alarmed after viewers spotted a large lump under her arm and contacted her on social media to share their concerns.

Shirley went to the hospital where doctors were concerned over her high hormone levels which lead to an internal probe and scans to her ovaries, kidneys, adrenal glands and her stomach.

In her update, she wrote: “Follow-up as promised. Today after not much sleep (my insomnia) and I took a trip to Kings College Hospital ultrasound department.

“I believe the nurse could sense my anxiety and immediately put me at ease with her beautiful bedside manner.

“As embarrassing as it is for me to be examined the Doctors and Nurses only have our best interests at heart.

Taking to Instagram on Friday, Shirley told fans she is awaiting results.

“Can I say social media can be a negative place but in this case I have only felt warmth and concern. The 1000s of messages I have received has been beautiful, thank you for sharing your own journeys with health.’

She went on to use her platform in order to encourage others to check themselves for lumps or abnormalities on a regular basis.

“Ladies keep checking your bodies no one knows your body better than you.

“I will also be taking a trip back to see Dr Norman Waterhouse who took out my implants for an extra breast check. Check once check twice and keep checking. To you all thank you for caring. # NHS.’

Shirley Ballas Biography, Wiki

Shirley Ballas was born Shirley Rich on 17 September 1960 in Wallasey in England.

She started ballet classes when she was three years old and started children’s ballroom classes when she was seven.

Her first boy dance partner was David Fleet.

Aged 15, she partnered with Nigel Tiffany, the British junior ballroom champion, and moved in with his family in West Yorkshire.

She was briefly engaged to him and many years later he became her financial adviser.

She won her first major Latin championship at 18 and went on to have huge dancing success with her dance partner and first husband Sammy Stopford.

In 1983, Shirley Ballas moved to Houston, Texas.

Shirley and her second husband, Corky Ballas, won their first professional Latin title in 1984 and went on to become the most successful Latin American Champions in USA history.

In the meantime, Shirley and Corky had a son, Mark Ballas, who himself went on to become a successful dancer and Dancing with the Stars regular.

In 1990 Shirley and Corky Ballas moved to the UK.

They became the guardians of Derek Hough and his sister Julianne Hough in 1998, who also became regulars on Dancing with the Stars.

Shirley and Corky continued to rack up ballroom dancing titles until she retired from competitive dancing in 1996.

In 2007, she and Corky Ballas divorced, having parted in 2002.

In May 2017, the BBC announced that Shirley Ballas was to take over from Len Goodman as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing.

Shirley Ballas
Shirley Ballas
Popular AsShirley Annette Rich
OccupationDancer, dance teacher, and dance adjudicator
Age60 years old
Zodiac SignVirgo
Born6 September 1960
Spouse(s)Sammy Stopford (m. 1980; div. 1984)​
Corky Ballas (m. 1985; div. 2007)
Birthday6 September
BirthplaceWallasey, England
NationalityEngland

Shirley Ballas Career

2017

In 2017, Ballas was appointed head judge on the BBC TV show, Strictly Come Dancing following the departure of Len Goodman.

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.

1996

Ballas stopped competing in dance competitions in 1996, becoming a dance coach and judge for ballroom and Latin American competitions.

1983

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.

1980

In the mid-1980s, she married Corky Ballas. Together their best results were winning Professional Latin at Blackpool Dance Festival in 1995 and 1996 The pair moved to Houston, Texas to compete in the US. Their only child, professional ballroom dancer Mark Ballas, was born in 1986. The couple were divorced in 2007.

1960

Shirley Annette Ballas (née Rich, formerly Stopford; born 6 September 1960) is an English ballroom dancer, dance teacher, and dance adjudicator from Wallasey who specialises in the International Latin division, where she won several championship titles which earned her the nickname The Queen of Latin.

Is Shirley Ballas married?

Shirley, 60, married Corky Ballas back in 1985.

But they split when he left her for former Strictly pro-Kristina Rihanoff after he became the dancer’s teacher in 2003.

Shirley divorced Corky in 2007 but his relationship with Kristina reportedly fizzled out the following year.

She is now dating Daniel Taylor – who is 12 years her junior.

Ballas has been dating Daniel, 48, since 2019 after they worked together in a pantomime production of Jack And The Beanstalk.

Shirley Ballas with her boyfriend Daniel Taylor
Shirley Ballas with her boyfriend Daniel Taylor

Shirley Ballas Net Worth

Shirley’s estimated net worth is around £3.8millon.

Shirley joined Strictly in 2017 and was paid £180,000 by the BBC for that series.

This was £70,000 short of the amount given to her predecessor Len Goodman, 75, for the same role.

But in 2018 she landed a victory when she received a pay rise to equal Len’s former £250k salary.

Fellow judge Bruno Tonioli reportedly earns the same amount, while Craig Revel Horwood and former judge Darcey Bussell received £180,000 for each series of Strictly.

Some Interesting Facts About Shirley Ballas

  • Began ballroom dancing at the age of 7, and started taking part in competitions a year later
  • Won gold at the 1983 International Latin American Dance Championship with her first husband Sammy Stopford; the win earned her the nickname “Queen of Latin Ballroom”
  • Her son with second husband ‘Corky’ Ballas, Mark Ballas, was a regular professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars, the American version of Strictly Come Dancing
  • In 1999, opened her home to US-based dancers Julianne and Derek Hough while training them at the Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
  • Is a 3-time Latin American Champion at the British Open To The World in Blackpool and a 10-time United States Latin American Champion

Shirley Ballas FAQ’s

Who is Shirley Ballas?

Shirley Ballas (born 6 September 1960) is an English ballroom dancer, dance teacher, and dance adjudicator. She specializes in the International Latin division, where she won several championship titles which earned her the nickname The Queen of Latin.

How old is Shirley Ballas?

Currently, Shirley Ballas is 61.

Who is Shirley Ballas’s boyfriend?

She is now dating Daniel Taylor – who is 12 years her junior. Ballas has been dating Daniel, 48, since 2019 after they worked together in a pantomime production of Jack And The Beanstalk.

What is Shirley Ballas’s net worth?

Shirley’s estimated net worth is around £3.8millon.

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