Mark Ballas Explains His 'Dancing With The Stars' Absence

One notable dancing pro was missing from the Dancing With the Stars cast announcement.

Fan-favorite and two-time winner Mark Ballas joined the cast in season five and hasn't missed a cycle until the season 23 cast was announced.

The professional dancer took to social media to explain his absence to his devoted fans.

"I wanted to hand write this letter to personally thank each and every one of you for the support over the years. I am incredibly moved and grateful for all of your messages over the past 24 hours. I know many of you are concerned and curious. I want to wish my DWTS comrades luck this season," he said.

"I'll miss competing and creating outside the box, however I am looking forward to this new chapter and venture that is beginning shortly. I will soon have news for you all on where you can find me, I hope to see many of you there. I love you all so much and couldn't be more grateful for your loyalty and support. See you soon, Mark Ballas," he continued.

Ballas also posted photos of himself writing the note and of the closed book.

We'll miss you, Mark!

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