The Season 23 Dancing With The Stars cast and pairings have been announced and there are some buzzworthy choices in there. Olympian Ryan Lochte is dancing with returning pro Cheryl Burke while professional dancers Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Derek Hough are returning to shake things up as well. However, DWTS fans quickly noticed that Mark Ballas is not in the mix this fall and everybody is anxious to know the story. What's the scoop?

EarlyDancing With the Stars spoilers pointed toward Ballas being a pro this fall

Before the official announcements had been made, there had been talk that Mark Ballas would be one of the Dancing With the Stars pros for Season 23. In fact, there was significant speculation that he would perhaps be paired with former 7th Heaven actress Beverly Mitchell, even though many DWTS fans were hoping he would partner with Olympian Laurie Hernandez. However, as the spoilers for this fall came together and the announcement was made, Ballas was nowhere in the mix.

Why isn't Mark doing Dancing With the Stars this fall? So far, nobody is sharing anything specific or public about the decision. Did those behind DWTS make this call, did Ballas ask for time off, or did he simply end up not having a partner sign on as the casting played out?

Hours ahead of the announcement Mark did tease via Twitter that Tuesday would be a big day for him so he was having his favorite whiskey.

Once it became known that Ballas wouldn't be on Dancing With the Stars this fall, his fans took to that post to express their disappointment. So far he hasn't commented on the decision, nor has DWTS.

What will Mark do during hisDancing With the Stars break?

Ballas has been focusing quite a bit on his music lately, and he is working toward a wedding with his music partner and fiancee BC Jean, so it is possible that he simply felt ready for a break.

Mark joined Dancing With the Stars in Season 5 when he danced with Sabrina Bryan and he has not taken a single season off along the way. He came in second with Paige VanZant last spring and it may well be that he simply felt ready to shift focus for a bit.

As Courtney from PureDWTS shared via Twitter, Dancing With the Stars fans should not necessarily assume that the show made the decision regarding Ballas taking the season off. Show fans know that Courtney and PureDWTS get solid intel from sources behind-the-scenes of the show, so this does provide some possible reassurance that Mark drove this decision.

However, nothing concrete has emerged and at this point, everything swirling about his break for Season 23 is speculation.

There are a lot of people buzzing about this Season 23 Dancing With the Stars cast, but Mark Ballas' fans are definitely disappointed to see that he won't be in the mix of things. Which celebrity and pro are you most anxious to check out this fall on DWTS?

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