PureDWTS Aly Raisman Chats On The Most Surprising Thing About Mark Ballas, The Boston Bombings, And More

The LA Times interviewed Aly after her week 5 dance on Dancing With The Stars. They talk of Mark Ballas and the most surprising thing she learned about him. She also gives her thoughts for what it was like to perform after the Boston bombings and in what order she’s like to dance if she could pick….

Q. You consider Boston to be your hometown, so performing a dance on Monday must have seemed a bit strange considering the tragedy at the Boston Marathon earlier that day.

Yes, performing on Monday was very difficult for me. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the tragedy since I first heard the news in our dress rehearsal. It is so heartbreaking and terrible. My heart goes out to everyone back home in Boston and anyone else who was affected by [Monday's] incident.

Q. If you had a choice, would you rather dance first and get it over with, or dance last and see how everyone else did?

I would rather go first! I am used to going last in gymnastics. I love going last because you have enough time to prepare and to check out the competition, but here on “DWTS” it’s a little different. I don’t consider this as much of a competition because I’ve just been having so much fun! I just love cheering everyone on, and the show and atmosphere are both amazing. It’s exciting for to me to see everyone improve so much each week! I love this show and I’m having a blast!

Please keep your thoughts and prayers with Boston and vicinity. They need us more than ever!!

To read the full interview, see the LA Times. Stay tuned later. We hope to have more with Mark!!!