Imperial Swing Dancing style was first developed at a local of St. Louis nightcluband it
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He began playing the guitar at the age of 4 and at the age of 12 began to write and perform his own music, playing guitar, drums, and bass. The Hough siblings and Ballas had their own pop music trio called "2B1G(2 Boys 1 Girl)". With his best friend Derek Hough, he formed the band Almost Amy, now known as Ballas Hough Band. The members of the band are Emily Grace - flute/sax/piano/vocals, Sam Marder - bass and Harry Sullivan - drums. They describe their music as acoustic/pop/rock/soul with catchy melodies and harmonies/funky guitar riffs with a pop/flamenco/jazzy feel-good vibe. The band released their first CD in March 2009.