Shirley Ballas

Professinal ballroom dancer Shirley Ballas is replacing Len Goodman as a head judge in reality TV show competition Strictly Come Dancing. This should make her popularity and wealth skyrocket. As of 2017, Shirley Ballas’ net worth is approximately £1.4 million ($1.8 million) and here are some fun facts from her life.

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Shirley was born September 17, 1951 in Wallasey, United Kingdom and was learning how to dance since she was a small kid. Her parents investment into dancing lessons apparently paid off, since Ballas became a successful ballroom dancer. in 1983, she won the prestigious International Latin American Dance Championship.

Her first husband was Sammy Stopford whom she married in 1980 but they got divorced four years later. Soon after that, Shirley married fellow dancer Corky Ballas. This marriage lasted much longer and Shirley gave birth to their son Mark but they also eventually filed for divorce which was finalized in 2007.

Ballas’ dancing skills and expertise brought her not only sizable net worth but also multiple opportunities for television appearance. For example, Ballas was giving dance lessons on Dancing With The Stars and also commented on performances. In 2017, she is taking a very important role of main judge in Strictly Come Dancing.