There likely won't be a dry eye in the house on Tuesday night at Dancing with the Stars as the reality competition sets out to honor Boston marathon bombing victim Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a 32-year-old dance teacher who lost her foot and part of her leg as a result of the horrific crime.
"I’m sure it will be amazing," says pro dancer Mark Ballas. "The show is always fantastic at playing tribute and they always put something special together. They always do a beautiful job. I’m sure it will be something visually beautiful."
Mark's celebrity dance partner, gold medal Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, who hails from the Boston area, agrees.
"The show does an amazing job," says Aly, who incidentally was scheduled to be at the marathon but couldn't attend due to her Dancing obligations. "I’m excited to see what they do. I know it will be really moving and beautiful. I know it will mean a lot to everyone so I think it’s going to be a great night."
Aly and Mark will be spicing up their routine on tonight's episode for the show's Latin Week theme.
"We have to keep things upbeat and fun, which is cool, it’s kind of a contrast to last week," says Mark. "I love our song. We’ve got a money song. It should be colorful, loud, fun, awesome—that kind of thing."
So far this season Aly has received high praises from the judges for her continuous improvement on the dancefloor. She credits her dance partner for her success.
"I just keep listening to Mark," she says. "He’s been on this show for a really long time so he knows what he’s doing. I mean, just have fun. It’s the most important thing. I’m working really hard but at the same time I want to go out there and show I’m improving each and every week."
The athlete is thoroughly enjoying her time in the ballroom, but admits she's getting the itch to get back in the gym, her home away from home.
"Of course doing the show it’s competitive…it makes me miss competing and even hearing what the judges have to say brings back memories but right now I’m just taking it one day at a time," says Aly. "I’m having so much fun on the show so I want to stay here, hopefully, until the end. I love it and I know it will help me a lot with my gymnastics career."
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