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Wallasey, England
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Wallasey, England

Shirley Ballas

Shirley Ballas is a ballroom dancer, dance adjudicator, and dance teacher from England. Shirley Ballas is widely known for her appearances on reality television shows such as The Great British Sewing Bee (2020).

Early Life

Shirley Ballas was born in Wallasey, England on 6 September 1960. Her full name is Shirley Annette Ballas. She is 63 years old and under the zodiac sign Virgo. Ballas holds a British nationality and follows the Christian religion.

Regarding her family background, she is the daughter of George Rich (Father) and Audrey Rich (Mother). She also has a brother named David Rich. Besides that, she has not revealed any other information regarding her family identity.

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Caption: Shirley Ballas with her son source: the Wikified


Speaking of her educational background, Ballas finished her primary and secondary education at a local high school in England. Later, she attended a renowned University somewhere in England.

Shirley Ballas – Net Worth 2024

Shirley Ballas has earned a huge amount of money through her hard work and brilliance. Her estimated net worth as of 2024 is around $5 million. She has endorsed several brands through her social media, including Liz Earle which also furthers her wealth.

Career and Professional Life

Talking about her career, She started out dancing in ballet and tap. During her weekly Girl Guide meeting, she became aware of a ballroom dance class taking place next door. She started taking lessons the following Saturday because she was so fascinated by the class. Her enduring love for ballroom and Latin dance began at this point.

From the age of eight to twelve, she competed with another young girl as her partner and attended a class on Saturdays. Her mother took her to a studio in Liverpool because she wanted more competition, and she relocated to South Yorkshire when she was 14 and had the privilege of dancing for two years with British Junior Ballroom Champion Nigel Tiffany there.

She partnered with Sammy Stopford because she had a stronger flair for Latin music. They immediately entered the Professional Latin field of competition. She won The United Kingdom Closed Championship, her first major title when she was 18 years old.

Sammy and Shirley were the ballroom dancing world’s fastest-rising couple. She won an incredible third place at the Professional World Latin Championships a year later. She had amassed all significant titles worldwide by the age of 23.

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Caption: Shirley Ballas and Sammy Stopford holding a trophy source: Daily Mail.

Furthermore, Ballas has starred in Dancing with the Stars and has provided master classes and show commentary.

On May 9, 2017, it was revealed that Ballas would replace Len Goodman as the head judge of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing. Four months later, on September 9, 2013, for the series 15 premiere show, she made her debut on the panel.

Personal Life

Regarding her love life, Ballas is currently divorced. She married Sammy Stopford in 1980, and the two divorced in 1984. After that, Shirley and Corky Ballas first crossed paths in Quebec, Canada, in 1983 at a Latin competition.

She wed Corky Ballas in 1985; however, their marriage ended in divorce in 2007. Together they had a son named Mark Ballas. He is a successful dancer, choreographer, singer-songwriter, musician, and actor by profession.

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Caption: Shirley Ballas with Corky Ballas source: The Mirror.

Body Measurements

Shirley Ballas is very beautiful and attractive undoubtedly. She has a perfect height of about 5 feet 2 inches (159 cm/1.59 m) and weighs around 53 kg (117 lbs). In addition, Ballas has a dark brown pair of stunning eyes and brown hair color.

Shirley Ballas – Social Media

She is active on her Instagram account @shirleyballas with 275K followers. Moreover, she also has 92K followers on Twitter and 49K followers on Facebook.