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DWTS alum ponders Pro Partner’s retirement

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A Dancing With the Stars alum has opened up about a professional dancer’s possible retirement. Read on to find out why Monica Aldama says she’s “not surprised” that her season 29 pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy might be done with his time on the show, and what she thought of their time together .

In an interview with US Weekly in connection with the release of her new book, Full Out: Lessons in Life and Leadership From America’s Favorite Coach, the Cheer star said she wasn’t at all surprised to hear that her professional partner was the 29th .Season Val Chmerkovskiy is likely to retire from the show.

“I’m not surprised to hear that, just because I know he’s kind of an entrepreneur himself and has a lot of different ideas,” Monica said, adding, “He’s really, really talented. He’s very creative, not just in dancing, but he’s just very artistic and very creative.”

She also said she was grateful to have worked with Val, saying, “I’m definitely grateful that I had the opportunity to work with him. I think we both taught each other a lot.”

In fact, it sounds like they definitely had a tough time working together, but emerged as a stronger partnership on the other hand.

In her book, Monica describes how in the fifth week, when they were rehearsing a tango, Val “lost patience with her” and began to physically shrug her shoulders back.

“In the middle of a run, he stopped and angrily told me I had to stop looking at our feet. His body language and tone expressed pure disgust. …Val reminded me of my posture every dance by putting my shoulders back in the right position. As he made these adjustments in anger, it became increasingly difficult for me not to take it personally,” Monica wrote.

But she went on to say that when she finally had enough, she and Val had a heart-to-heart, during which she cried and told him it felt like “he was pushing.” [her] under and [she] drowned,” but she needed him as a lifeline for her.

“It ended up being a great conversation… Things took a dramatic turn that day,” Monica wrote.

Val started talking about retiring in season 30. On his partner Olivia Jade’s podcast, he said his future with Dancing With the Stars was “TBD” (to be determined), but then he said a fan in a DM that this was his last season and wrote: “Family support means so much to me. The energy was amazing and I am so humbled and grateful. I haven’t felt that for a long time. I really appreciate everyone and TBH love makes me really sad this is my last. I love you guys!”

In an interview during the season, he also told Entertainment Tonight, “I love the show. I love being there. I’m so thankful for the opportunity. Is this my last season? Probably.”

But what will he do next? Monica has no idea, but she knows he “could do so many different things” if he wanted to, and she will always support him. She told US Weekly, “He really could do so many different things. I have no idea what his plan is, but he owns many dance schools across the country.”

She added: “This summer he did a tour with his brother Maks [Chmerkovskiy], and they came through Austin. So [my husband and I] bought tickets and went down to support him. We went backstage and hung out with him for a bit. I would support him in everything he does.”

For his part, Val told Extra that he and Maks want to continue working with their dance company to build their brand, saying, “I just came straight into this season from touring with my brother Maks this summer [of ‘Dancing With the Stars’]. It was a very successful tour. Of course I have to write it, write it, produce it, perform in it. It was a two man show which was great with your brother,” Val said, adding, “We’re going to keep building that brand. I can’t wait to keep dancing, performing, acting, hosting.”

As for being at home, Val’s wife, Dancing With the Stars colleague Jenna Johnson, told Entertainment Tonight that while it will be strange doing the show without Val around, she also thinks that it will be “great”. to see him doing something new.

Dancing With the Stars has not yet been renewed for season 31. If extended, it will return in September 2022.

CONTINUE READING: DWTS finalist says the show made her “regret” her life choices.

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