Mark Ballas talks about his winning DWTS freestyle with Charli D’Amelio

Mark Ballas and Charli D'Amelio


Mark Ballas and Charli D’Amelio

Mark Ballas spoke about his freestyle dance victory with Charli D’Amelio.

On November 21, 2022. The ‘Dancing with the Stars’ pro dancer won his third Mirrorball trophy – 13 years after winning his last with partner Shawn Johnson in Season 9.

Ballas and D’Amelio beat out runners-up Gabby Windey and Val Chmerkovskiy for 31st placeSt DWTS Awards, but the professional dancer – who left the show for a five-year hiatus – revealed an interesting tidbit about the last song they danced to.

Mark Ballas chose his freestyle song long before he returned to DWTS

Mark Ballas Charli D'Amelio

ABCMark Ballas and Charli D’Amelio dance a freestyle in Season 31 of DWTS.

For Balla’s final routine with D’Amelio, he choreographed a routine to Pinar Toprak’s Us Again. The dance showcased a range of dance styles without any props as it painted the story of falling in love with the dance again. Fans – and the judges – loved the minimalist routine.

“@charlidamelio and @markballas’ freestyle felt like a mini movie that we want to watch over and over again!” read one comment the official DWTS Instagram account.

“You could literally put this dance in a Broadway show or a movie musical. “Like That” was so special that it went beyond the show. I’m glad they kept it strictly to dancing and no gimmicks. YOU BETTER GET THE EMMY,” another fan wrote.

And another fan listened to the song when the song list was released ahead of the finale.

“Oh I just heard Charli’s FS song and it reminds me a lot of Shawn’s… I’m going to cry knowing this is going to be the best freestyle ever on the show. I can feel it in my bones omg,” one fan tweeted.

In an interview with page sixBallas revealed he actually had the song in his back pocket before he knew he was returning to Dancing With the Stars.

“It’s funny, I have a folder of music on my phone that I’d like to create something for,” he said. “I haven’t done the show in a while and had a little connection to that song. It’s from a Disney short called Us Again. And I thought, ‘If I ever go back on the show, use this song.’ So I went back and listened to it, and when I heard it, I could see it from start to finish.”

The pro dancer added that the song was exactly what he was looking for in a final dance with D’Amelio.

According to, the short film Us Again made its debut on Disney+ last year. The story follows a couple who “rekindle their zest for life through dancing on a magical night,” according to the outlet.

Mark Ballas’ song choices fitted Charli D’Amelio’s story perfectly

D’Amelio came onto the DWTS scene with a dance background and a Tik Tok following, but she revealed that critics on the video platform caused her to lose her love for dance. in the an interview with peoplethe Tik Tok star said before joining DWTS, she didn’t want to dance anymore because she wasn’t enjoying it anymore.

“It was something that was more just, I did it, and it was over when it was over and I wasn’t looking forward to it anymore,” she said in September 2022. “And I’m thinking along with ‘Dancing With the.’ Stars” is like this every week, you know, I’m hearing from other people that I finally look like I’m having fun.”

“I kind of feel the same things I felt when I was younger dancing that I kind of lost and thought I wouldn’t find again,” added the DWTS champion. “Just because it’s been so long since I wasn’t looking forward to the performance that much. Being able to do that again really comes full circle for me and just makes me happy.”

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