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'DWTS' Stars Val Chmerkovskiy and Laurie Hernandez Are Already Crushing It in Rehearsals

by Philiana Ng 1:58 PM PDT, August 31, 2016
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Dancing With the StarsVal Chmerkovskiy and his partner, Laurie Hernandez, are already killing it in dance rehearsals, just one day after ABC officially announced the cast for season 23.

Chmerkovskiy, 30, shared an Instagram video on Wednesday of the pair nailing a difficult sequence in the dance studio and it’s about as adorable as you’d expect.

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Before the DWTS pro and Hernandez, 16, begin their dance, Chmerkovskiy gives some last-minute advice to the Olympic gold medalist: “You’re on clouds, you’re on clouds.” The advice clearly worked!

After acing the steps, Hernandez couldn’t contain her excitement, and celebrated by showing off their super-complicated, secret handshake! If that doesn’t make you smile, we don’t know what will.

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“Still need a lot of work on the frame. but eyyyyy we already got a handshake,” Chmerkovskiy wrote. “So excited for the season. Helping this incredible girl reach her ballroom dreams. She's is a real gem.”

Take note, DWTS competitors: Looks like you’ll be going up against some mean competition!

Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

One of those stars vying for the mirror ball trophy is Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, who issued an apology on Tuesday’s Good Morning America following the Rio robbery scandal. Watch the video below for more.

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