updated 04/28/2011 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/01/2011 AT 8:30 AM ET
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 RumorFix.com. “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.”