Aly Raisman was sad last week from what happened in Boston, but, her partner, Mark Ballas, was such a big help to her. She talks all about it and last week’s dances in a new interview with the LA Times. She speaks about costuming as well….
Q. How much input do you have into picking out the outfit you will wear?
Mark Ballas and the design team come up with the idea because they know which looks and colors go best with each dance. They always ask for my input and make sure I feel comfortable! I love all of Mark’s ideas, and the costume team is absolutely amazing.
Q. You are understandably still somewhat distracted by the events in Boston, but it looked like Mark did his best to try to lift your spirits all week. How hard is it to set your emotions aside and focus on dancing?
It’s definitely hard. Part of doing this show is learning to act while you are performing; however, I am not an actress. I am a very easily read person. Mark could definitely tell I was sad this week and just not myself. I was watching the news and calling friends and family at home to make sure everyone was OK. Mark always makes me laugh and makes me feel confident. He is not only an amazing dancer and teacher, but also a best friend. I am so lucky to have him. Meeting him has definitely changed my life in a great way!
More at the LA Times. I felt her finally last week. I hope we see her let loose and just enjoy dancing again Monday night like she did last week.