A quick Q&A with ‘Dancing With the Stars’ contestant Aly Raisman

"Dancing with the Stars" hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet announced this season's celebrity and professional pairings live on "Good Morning America" on ABC on Tuesday. Aly Raisman is second from right.  (Rick Rowell/ABC)
"Dancing with the Stars" hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet announced this season's celebrity and professional pairings live on "Good Morning America" on ABC on Tuesday. Aly Raisman is second from right. (Rick Rowell/ABC)

As soon as we heard that Needham gold medalist Aly Raisman had joined the cast of “Dancing With the Stars,” we sent her an e-mail with some pressing questions. On Wednesday, the 18-year-old e-mailed us her answers — with many exclamation points. Here’s what she had to say:

Q. Will your Needham family be in the audience during “Dancing With the Stars”?

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A. It depends on the week. My family will be at some shows and my friends will come visit me some weekends and watch the shows Monday and Tuesday. Either way I know they will all be cheering me on, whether in LA or at home in Boston!

Q. Did you get to meet Mark Ballas when he was in town for a charity event in Boston a few weeks ago? (Ballas performed at the “Dance for a Cure” at the Westin Copley.)

A. No, I met Mark for the first time on Sunday and the whole thing was filmed. He was so nice, it wasn’t awkward at all, things just clicked. I am so excited to have him as a partner, he is amazing!

Q. How familiar are you with the rest of the cast?

A. I have met everyone, and it is an awesome cast. I already feel so close to so many people and I have been in contact with a bunch of the cast members since we first met on Sunday. We will keep in touch while I am in Boston and everyone else is spread out around the country practicing. I love meeting new people!

Q. How would you describe your dancing skills?

A. I honestly have no idea how to characterize 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. 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. 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!

Raisman will be in Worcester this weekend for the American Cup.

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