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Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by Lesallee on Wed Aug 31, 2016 11:51 pm

These two should treat us to some fine dancing.

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by Walker7 on Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:46 am

Laurie & Val all the way!  I'm gonna vote as much as I can for them.

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by DeadManDancing on Fri Sep 02, 2016 3:04 pm

I thought last season it was hard to pick a favourite. I just found out it's not getting easier.

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by peebeeb on Fri Sep 02, 2016 8:36 pm

I like this team. I hope to find a team that I like as much as I loved Nyle and Peta last season.

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by BAL91182 on Sat Sep 10, 2016 11:06 pm

I'm pulling for them. Hope she can add a little softness and grace to her performances, since its hard for some of the gymnasts on this show.

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by GymGirlJane on Sun Sep 11, 2016 9:11 am

Laurie is a power gymnast basically.  But she also has what we consider "artistry" in the sport (albeit not the European ballet style artistry which you saw somewhat with nastia), but how that will translate into the kind of dancing she will need to do on DWTS I just do not know.  Yes, she took some dance and ballet classes when she was basically a toddler  -- but she switched to gymnastics at age 5 , so there is really no legitimate dance training.  And what gymnasts call "dance elements" on floor has pretty much nothing to do with DWTS dancing.  So we will see.   am of course rooting only for her - in spite of the fact that she is not my favorite gymnast-

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by kincaid53 on Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:12 pm

Laurie makes me Very Happy

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by DeadManDancing on Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:42 pm

It's not only what she brings to the table regarding gymnastics (and ballet) background. Let's not forget Val's quality as a teacher. Remember the miracle he worked with Jodie last season during switchup. Physically, there should be a strong basis he can work with and refine it.

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by Lesallee on Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:01 am

Well damn, I did it again! Got caught up in the amazing Mr Chmerkovskiy's smooth as silk moves. Now I have to watch it on YouTube.

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by SLA44 on Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:25 am

Wow they really did a good job and I gave them half of my votes.  They are going to be contenders that is for sure and I thought that Val was so cute in saying he was working with a National Treasure - he will treat Laurie with the utmost respect and I think they will be a joy to watch this season.  31 total points on the first night is nothing to sneeze at and they are tied for 1st place at the end of the day. Yay!  

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by Psychee22 on Tue Sep 13, 2016 2:14 am

Impressive performance for Laurie;  I didn't expect anything less, though. 



If I were to make one criticism, it would be to suggest to Val that he shorten his own stride a bit more to match Laurie's.  There were a few places in the routine where I thought that would have improved the visual.



But this team will go far.

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by GymGirlJane on Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:26 am

I admit to not actually watching the show last night.  I just had too much going on.  But I did catch up on laurie via Youtube this a.m.  Holy Moly!!!!  She was incredible.  Of all of the recent elite gymnasts, she is actually the one I think has the most general "star" potential.  Great dancer I thought.  But also real stage presence, charm and charisma.  I just loved the way when Tom noted that she did not look nervous she said "I trained 11  years for the Olympics.  This is kind of the congratulations job."  Go Laurie!!!!!  Have a blast girl.  You earned it.

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by kincaid53 on Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:43 am

Lesallee wrote:Well damn, I did it again! Got caught up in the amazing Mr Chmerkovskiy's smooth as silk moves. Now I have to watch it on YouTube.

        Haha...that's not hard to do sis!!   I had to watch it over a few times myself. She was very impressive!  

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by Lesallee on Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:47 am

Watched it on YouTube. Actually twice; I indulged myself the second time with concentrating on Val. 


This is a top team and I am so glad that Val has Laurie. Thankfully he kept the gymnastic moves out of the routine, may that continue. Len mentioned it too, that he appreciated the routine being dance not a bunch of back flips, etc. 


As we witnessed with Zen, Val does a wonderful job with the youngsters. He has the right touch.

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by Guest on Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:18 pm

Val seems exceptionally buoyant....i already have them pegged for the Mirror Ball, and though i usually don't vote for the "clear winners"....i couldn't help myself and voted for them anyway

and by the way....is not the voting process SO much easier now.  It was about time DWTS/ABC updated the process....now i can vote for everybody at once and then just submit my votes  Excited

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by BAL91182 on Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:26 pm

Loved them!  Was worried that she woud be a little stiff like some of the other gymnasts, but I think she has a little more softness to her like Shawn.

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by DeadManDancing on Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:00 pm

There's rhythm, timing, speed, control, confidence, ease, and fun. Is it a wonder Val is smiling so hard?

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Love this pairing

Post by luvthepros on Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:07 pm

When Val said, "I have an American treasure in my hands".......I just melted. I've always liked Val but he made my heart melt when he said that about Laurie. This is the team to beat. Laurie is a ray of sunshine and Val is going to do right by her this season and make her shine. I can just feel it.

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by DeadManDancing on Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:48 pm

Anything else than these two against James and Sharna in the Finale would be a surprise; but it's still a long way to go.

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by Psychee22 on Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:50 pm

They have the Disney song "Duck Tales" next week.  I shall enjoy it.

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by GymGirlJane on Sat Sep 17, 2016 6:11 am

I was thrilled to see Laurie do so well on opening night of her "congratulations job" as she called it. Laurie is a great girl.  She is a rock solid gymnast and won an individual Silver medal on Beam in Rio, but she was totally eclipsed by both Simone and Aly.  She was disappointed at not being given a shot to compete AA but she handled that with more grace and maturity than her own coach.  She then went on to be a huge cheerleader for the other girls (unlike Gabby who was clearly not pleased) and is now reaping the rewards of her gymnastics skills and her great personality with endorsements and DWTS which will lead to even more endorsements.  She is a true star.

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by Lesallee on Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:30 pm

Hooray for me, I didn't get sidetracked and watch Val alone. 


Good dance, what a high energy young lady Laurie is. 

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by peebeeb on Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:32 pm

I really like this young lady and she has the sweetest smile. I like her dancing and her positivity. Go them!

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by Psychee22 on Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:44 pm

Psychee22 wrote:They have the Disney song "Duck Tales" next week.  I shall enjoy it.

And I did! 

There was a little too much going on with the set design and the hopping and bopping across many different backdrops to suit my taste, but this girl is a ball of energy and lots of fun to watch.  She sure looks like she is enjoying herself out there. .

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Re: Team VaLaur, Laurie and Val

Post by Glittersisgld on Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:13 am

I was impressed with her. 

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