When Dancing With The Starsseason 23 begins tonight on ABC --live on both the east and west coasts, so be sure to tune in at 5 PM if you're on the west coast!-- long-time pro dancer Mark Ballas will not be part of the cast for the first time since his season five series debut. So where is Mark Ballas? The 30-year old dancer explained his absence from the new season earlier this month.

Mark Ballas is bound for Broadway

Although fans of Ballas, who was one ofDancing with the Stars' most creative professional dancers during his tenure on the show, will miss him, they can catch him on Broadway, where he has assumed the role of Frankie Valli in the hit production Jersey Boys.

Ballas tweeted the big news to followers on Sept. 6 and confirmed that he will portray Valli from Oct. 18 through Jan. 15. The confirmation came roughly one week after he posted a handwritten note to fans that addressed his absence from Dancing with the Stars season 23 and promised news of a "new chapter." Whether or not he will return for season 24 is unknown.

Ending on a high note?

Mark Ballas enjoyed success during his 18 seasons as a Dancing with the Stars pro coach. He twice won the show's top prize, the coveted Mirrorball Trophy --once with figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (season six) and once with Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson (season eight)-- and placed second three times. He most recently scored the runner-up position with UFC fighter Paige VanZant during the spring 2016 season.

He iswell-regarded for his use of creative props and innovative choreography, and his outside-the-box style will be missed during season 23.

Mark Ballas may be out, but a host of other talented male pro dancers are definitely in. Included in the mix are fan favorites Derek Hough and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who are both returning to Dancing with the Stars after an absence; Gleb Savchenko, who recently departedStrictly Come Dancingto return for a second season as a DWTS pro; Valentin Chmerkovskiy; Sasha Farber; and Artem Chigvintsev.

Dancing with the Stars 2016 premieresat 5 PM Pacific/8 PM Eastern on ABC.

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