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'Dancing with the Stars' Aly Raisman: 'Mark Ballas and I just click'

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Aly Raisman has revealed that she felt an immediate connection with herDancing with the Stars partner Mark Ballas.

The Olympian and Ballas will kick off their bid for the prestigious Mirrorball Trophy when Dancing with the Stars begins its 16th season later this month.

Dancing With The Stars Season 16 cast: Aly Raisman

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Dancing With The Stars Season 16: Aly Raisman



Discussing the competition with The Boston Globe, the 18-year-old gymnast discussed her very first meeting with two-time ballroom champion Ballas.

"I met Mark for the first time [recently] and the whole thing was filmed. He was so nice, it wasn't awkward at all, things just clicked," Raisman beamed. "I am so excited to have him as a partner, he is amazing!"

Raisman also joked that Ballas will have hard work ahead because she knows very little about ballroom dance, despite her experience with gymnastics choreography.

"I honestly have no idea how to characterise my dance skills. All I know is that I am going to need a lot of help, because it is actually completely different than gymnastics," she explained.

US gymastics team members, from right, McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman ride a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Aly Raisman with fellow Olympians

Mark Ballas

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Mark Ballas



"I have never tried any of the dances that I will do on the show, so it will definitely be a challenge, but that is why I am so excited."

Raisman added: "I love working hard and trying new things. When I am with my friends I love to dance and be crazy, but I don't think about technique. It's going to be so much fun!"

Her partner Ballas has previously been paired with celebrities Kim Kardashian, Shawn Johnson, Bristol Palin and Katherine Jenkins.

Dancing with the Stars will premiere on March 18 at 8/7c on ABC.

Photo Gallery: 'Dancing with the Stars' season 16 cast

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