Mark Ballas may not be joining returning pros Derek Hough and Maksim Chmerkovskiy as part of theDancing With The Stars season 23 lineup, but it sounds like the 30-year old professional dancer and musician has big plans for the future. After more than 24 hours of fan speculation, the professional dancer surfaced on social media on Aug. 31 to address hisabsence from the reality dance competition's cast and drop hints about what's to come.

'New chapter' on tap for Mark Ballas

In a move consistent with the 30-year old's creative nature, Mark Ballas posted a photo of a handwritten note to address his absence from Dancing with the Stars season 23. After thanking fans for their support and admitting that he will "miss competing and creating outside the box," he teased a "coming new chapter and venture." Although he did not go into details, he promised to provide additional information "soon." He also posted two related photos, including one that featured him writing out the note in a book, and a final one of the closed book with the caption "COMING SOON..." Ballas did not address whether he would consider returning to DWTS in the future.

A look back at Ballas' DWTS career

During his 18-season tenure as a Dancing with the Stars pro, Mark Ballas choreographed and performed some of the show's most memorable routines, including a literally colorful Argentine Tango with actress Willow Shields, a venture inside the world of Breaking Bad with Alexa PenaVega, and a Mario Brothers-inspired jaunt with Sadie Robertson. He was consistently one of the show's most innovative participants, and twice won the coveted Mirrorball Trophy: once with figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, and the other, with gymnast Shawn Johnson.

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He fell just short of earning a third titleduring the spring 2016 seasonwhen he placedsecond with UFC fighter Paige VanZant.

Although the Dancing with the Starsseason 23 lineup will featureseveral former pros --including Derek Hough, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Cheryl Burke, Allison Holker, and Emma Slater-- Ballas is not the only long-time competitor who's sitting out. For the first time since season two, Tony Dovolani will not be part of the cast.

DWTS 2016 begins Sept. 12 on ABC.

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