"It's true," Val confirmed. "He opened up a kids dance studio when he was 17 years old and way before Dancing With the Stars, his entire life for more than a decade was dedicated to teaching young kids."
"I'm a product of his teaching and there's an entire school and generation of kids that went through Maks' rough school of dance," he added. "My brother coached me from a little nugget to a world champion, and I have the pleasure to work with Laurie pretty much at the same time as how old I was when he was coaching me."
"He's the OG. This is the reason why I'm flawed as a teacher," Val confessed. "He is the influence that makes me who I am and who I'm not. And I think that's awesome to be able to share that with her."
"It was an honor being with the two of them in the same room," Laurie shared.