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'DWTS' 2014: Spotlight on Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas

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Rehearsals are in full swing as the new slate of celebrities and their pro partners prepare for the first night of competition on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2014. Because the premiere is just days away, it’s a great time to look at each of the couples from season 18, including Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas. On March 13, Cameron Bure spoke to “Us Magazine,” and stated about competing on “DWTS”:

I absolutely love dancing. I have no dance experience whatsoever, but from being a kid to today, if there's a wedding or party, I’m the first girl on the dance floor, and I’m the last one off.

Both Candace and Mark are keeping fans updated on Candace’s progress with regular social media posts. On March 14, Candace tweeted, “We are getting a lot done!” In turn, Mark posted on Twitter on Thursday, “We are so ready.” To see Candace and Mark talk about competing together on “DWTS,” be sure to check out the video above.

Actress, producer, “New York Times” bestselling author and inspirational speaker, Candace Cameron Bure is both outspoken and passionate about her family and faith. Known to millions worldwide from her role as D.J. Tanner on the iconic family sitcom “Full House,” Cameron Bure continues to flourish in the entertainment industry as role model to women of all ages. With an acting career that started at the age of five, Cameron Bure grew up in show business alongside her brother Kirk Cameron and has appeared in countless national television commercials, primetime hits, TV movies and feature films. Mostly recently, Cameron Bure starred in the Hallmark Original Movie “Let It Snow.” In addition, she starred on ABC Family’s hugely popular show “Make It Or Break It” in a three-year run as Summer Van Horn.

Cameron Bure added bestselling author to her many titles with her book “Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness,” inspiring women to embrace a healthier lifestyle by moving faith to the forefront of their relationship with food. Her second book, “Balancing It All,” shares her story of successfully balancing different roles and responsibilities including motherhood, work, and Hollywood.

Candace and her husband, former NHL star Val Bure, have been happily married since 1996. Together with their three children, they split their time between Los Angeles and Napa Valley, which is home to their boutique wine label, Bure Family Wines.

With Mark Ballas as a trainer and partner, Candace Cameron Bure should do well. Ballas is one of three two-time champions (along with Cheryl Burke and Julianne Hough) and has competed on 15 seasons of “DWTS.” Mark led Olympians Kristi Yamaguchi and Shawn Johnson victories and he is hungry for another win. Mark’s past partners have included:

  • Sabrina Bryan in season five (7th place)
  • Kristi Yamaguchi in season six (1st place)
  • Kim Kardashian in season seven (11th place)
  • Shawn Johnson in season eight (1st place)
  • Melissa Joan Hart in season nine (9th place)
  • Shannen Doherty in season ten (11th place)
  • Bristol Palin in season eleven (3rd place)
  • Chelsea Kane in season twelve (3rd place)
  • Kristin Cavallari in season thirteen (10th place)
  • Katherine Jenkins in season fourteen (2nd place)
  • Bristol Palin in all-star season fifteen (9th place)
  • Alexandra Raisman in season sixteen (4th place)
  • Christina Milian in season seventeen (9th place)

The 18th season of “Dancing with the Stars” premieres on Monday, March 17 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. This year, Erin Andrews, sportscaster and past competitor, joins Tom Bergeron as co-host. The biggest news of all is a brand new twist. The celebrities must change partners mid-season, with America voting on the new teams.

Below are this season’s competitors and their pro partners, all hoping to take home a mirror ball trophy in 2014.

  • Sean Avery: Former pro hockey player. Partner: Karina Smirnoff.
  • Candace Cameron Bure: DJ Tanner from “Full House.” Partner: Mark Ballas.
  • Drew Carey: Stand-up comic and host of “The Price Is Right.” Partner: Cheryl Burke.
  • Meryl Davis: Gold medal Olympic ice dancer. Partner: Maks Chmerkovskiy.
  • NeNe Leakes: Actress from “TRHOA,” “Glee” and “The New Normal.” Partner: Tony Dovolani.
  • James Maslow: Star of TV series “Big Time Rush” and member of band of the same name. Partner: Peta Murgatroyd.
  • Danica McKellar: Winnie Cooper from “The Wonder Years.” Partner: Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
  • Diana Nyad: First person to swim from Cuba to Florida. Partner: Henry Byalikov.
  • Amy Purdy: Dual amputee and competitor in Sochi Paralympics. Partner: Derek Hough.
  • Cody Simpson: Popular pop star with a huge fan base. Partner: Witney Carson.
  • Charlie White: Gold medal Olympic ice dancer. Partner: Sharna Burgess.
  • Billy Dee Williams: Legendary leading man. Partner: Emma Slater.

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