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Dancing With the Stars made waves when it announced its season 23 cast with returning professional dancers like Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, but one name was missing: Mark Ballas.
Where has the fan-favorite and two-time winner? Ballas joined the cast in season five and hadn't missed a cycle…until now. The professional dancer and singer took to Twitter and wrote fans a note about his absence:
"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
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…