‘Dancing With The Stars’ News: Mark Ballas Hopes To Dance With Certain Olympic Gymnast

Mandy Robinson - Author

Aug. 10 2016, Updated 8:03 p.m. ET

It is almost time for a new season of Dancing with the Stars and Mark Ballas is not being shy about who he wants as a partner. Mark Ballas actually went to his Twitter account to share his hopes, and Mark is wanting to dance with an Olympic gymnast once again. Of course, Mark might not get his wish, but him putting it out there has everyone wondering if this could end up being reality. Mark went to his Twitter account to share his thoughts.

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Mark Ballas went to his Twitter account and said, “I absolutely adore @lzhernandez02 just gorgeous #starpower #needadanceteacher?????#RioOlympics2016.” He loves the idea of Laurie Hernandez joining him on the dance floor. This is kind of crazy because Laurie actually shared recently in her Olympic question and answer session posted on NBC that Dancing with the Stars is one of her favorite shows. This makes it sound like she would at least consider the idea if she is asked. This could end up being a dream come true for her.

While doing gymnastics, Laurie Hernandez shows off that she is light on her feet and could be a great dancer. She might just be perfect for the show. She did try ballet when she was younger, but obviously ended up doing gymnastics instead. Laurie started gymnastics at the age of 5, but says she didn’t get serious about it until she was 7. Mark Ballas could turn her into a dancer.

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Another thing that Mark Ballas’ potential partner shared was that if she weren’t a gymnast, she would want to be an actress. One thing that some celebrities have trouble with on Dancing with the Stars is how much time you have to put in practicing. Laurie would be on the dance floor with Mark Ballas all day every day if she joined the show. She shared about her practice routine now and it sounds like she would be just fine.

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“A typical training day is waking up at around 7:00 a.m., and be at the gymnastics facility by 8:30 a.m. Practice hours range from five to six hours a day, six days a week. Two days a week I have half a day, which means about four hours. When I come home, that is where I find time to get my school work done, as I am homeschooled.”

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If Laurie were to join Mark Ballas on Dancing with the Stars, she wouldn’t be the first Olympic gymnast to do the show. Aly Raisman competed on Season 16 of Dancing With the Stars. She was partnered up with Mark Ballas for her time on the show. Aly finished in fourth place, so Mark obviously knows how to work with a gymnast. He would stand a great chance of being able to take Laurie to the finals. Mark Ballas is one of the dancers who has been around for a while on the show and really does know what he is doing.

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Right now, Dancing with the Stars has not announced their new cast yet. Bachelor in Paradise is airing right now on Monday and Tuesday nights on ABC. When it is over, it will be time for Dancing with the Stars to start airing on Monday nights. This means that the new cast will be coming out soon and maybe Mark Ballas will end up getting his wish. With the Rio Olympics just ending, this would give Laurie plenty of time to do a season of this show.

Are you surprised to hear that Mark Ballas wants Laurie Hernandez as his partner? Do you feel like Laurie would be great on the show? Sound off in the comments section below, and don’t miss Dancing with the Stars when it returns to ABC.

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