Mark Ballas, GBK & Pilot Pen Golden Globes 2016 Luxury Lounge

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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…

Mark Ballas"

He also posted shots of himself writing the note and of the closed book.

Last season Ballas competing with pro fighter Paige VanZant and came in second.

Season 23 of Dancing With the Stars features the likes of Amber Rose, Maureen McCormick, Rick Perry, Marilu Henner, Laurie Hernandez and Ryan Lochte. See the full cast below.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy & Amber Rose
Valentin Chmerkovskiy & Laurie Hernandez
Artem Chigvintsev & Maureen McCormick
Sasha Farber & Terra Jole
Derek Hough & Marilu Henner
Witney Carson & Vanilla Ice
Lindsay Arnold & Calvin Johnson
Jenna Johnson & Jake T. Austin
Allison Holker & Babyface
Sharna Burgess & James Hinchcliffe
Emma Slater & Rick Perry
Cheryl Burke & Ryan Lochte
Gleb Savchenko & Jana Kramer

Dancing With the Stars season 23 premieres Monday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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