The Dancing with the Stars pro insists he was "trying to keep her from falling."

By Alla Byrne
Updated May 01, 2011 08:30 AM

It appears Mark Ballas and Pia Toscano are getting closer – much closer.

The Dancing with the Stars pro was photographed with his hand on the American Idol castoff’s upper backside, but Ballas insists he wasn’t copping a feel.

“That is me walking her,” Ballas tells “She had really high heels on and I just wanted to keep my hand on her to keep her from falling.”

When asked about his hand placement, Ballas blushed saying, “It was not on her booty, it was on her hip.”

While the pair, who performed together on this week’s Dancing with the Stars, haven’t confirmed their relationship, they’ve been spotted out together all over Los Angeles.