Chance brought together Corky Ballas and Shirley Stopford during an International Latin Style Competition in Montreal, Canada. Corky and Shirley became Mr. and Mrs. Corky Ballas and two years later became the United States International style Latin Champions and went on to successfully defended their title 7 times.
Corky and Shirley were 1996 Open to the World International Champions, 1995–1996 Open to the World British Champions, twice British National Champions, "Star - World Cup", "UK Open" - Champions, and seven times undefeated United States International Latin Champions. They retired in 1996. Ballas judges professional competitions and teaches. He is based in Los Angeles, California and Houston, Texas.Dancing with the Stars" professionals including Karina Smirnoff, Julianne Hough, Derek Hough, Tony Dovolani, Edyta Sliwinska, Alec Mazo, Brian Fortuna, Jonathan Roberts, Anna Trebunskaya, Jessie DeSoto and, his son, Mark Ballas.
On August 25, 2008, the show's producers announced Corky himself would compete as a pro on season 7, alongside his son and former pupils. He was partnered with 82-year-old actress Cloris Leachman.
For Season 11 Ballas was partnered with Florence Henderson. They were eliminated in Week 5 of the competition.
- 10 Times US International Style Latin ДфештChampion
- 3 Times World Latin Champion
- 2 Time Open To The World British International style Latin Champion
- 3 Time British National Champion
- First place in the UK Open Championships
- 7 Time Undefeated United States International style Latin Champion
- Choreographer and competitor in the TV Show "Dancing with the Stars
- Creator and Narrator of Dance Vision's International Style Latin Figures DVDs with Slavik Kryklyvyy & Karina Smirnoff