Nastia Liukin arrives at the dance studio for her daily practice in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon (April 23).
The 25-year-old athlete met up with her temp pro partner Sasha Farber and Derek Hough to keep working on her next dance for Dancing With The Stars.
“Withdrawing was never an option. Dancing with the Stars is not about me or any pro. It’s about the celebrities. It’s their journey. I’m part of the journey, but it’s not my journey. I want Nastia to have the best possible chance of winning,” Derek wrote in his recent blog.
He continued, “You know, she makes it look easy, but we put the work in. You see some of it, but I think a lot of people overlook the amount of work we put in and how much goes into putting together a routine and teaching and learning it. She’s a very hard worker and very determined, and I definitely feel like she can go all the way. There are other factors in play, but I feel like she can win.”
Derek, Sasha and Nastia are also pictured at the studio on Saturday (April 24). 25+ pics inside…
Willow Shields heads out of the dance studio on Friday afternoon in Los Angeles (April 24).
The 14-year-old actress wrapped up practice with pro partner Mark Ballas for Monday’s Dancing With The Stars.
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“Ready to flip some houses with me & @DerekHough!? #MarkandDerek’s Excellent Flip premieres 4/28 on @HGTV at 11p/10c! http://HGTV.com/markandderek,” Mark announced to fans on Twitter.
Here’s the official description for the show: “Professional dancers Derek Hough and Mark Ballas team up off the dance floor to buy an outdated California home and flip it in just four weeks. From demolition to design, construction and decorating, find out what happens when the coaches become the students, and see if they have what it takes to join the ultra-competitive Los Angeles real estate market.”
Can’t wait to see it!
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Derek Hough steps out of his car without the use of his crutches while arriving at the dance studio in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon (April 23).
The good news is I’m healing quickly. I don’t need surgery or anything. I’m already off the crutches, which is really good. I’ve been doing physiotherapy and rehab, and it’s very promising. I’m just trying to be careful because I have a busy year still left. I just want to make sure I’m 100 percent in shape,” the 29-year-old pro dancer wrote about in his latest blog.
Derek added about Sasha Farber stepping in for him with partner Nastia Liukin, “Nastia’s been rehearsing with Sasha this week. I’m still choreographing the routine and I’m in all the rehearsals. We’re figuring out some different little things to do. We’ll make it fun and interesting. Sasha‘s doing a great job. It’s cool because we have the modern Charleston this week and he’s got some good ideas.”
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Nastia Liukin gets dropped off at the dance studio in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon (April 23).
The 25-year-old athlete met up with her pro partner Derek Hough and her temp pro partner Sasha Farber to get to work on next week’s dance.
While Derek is unable to perform at the moment for Monday’s show, Sasha is stepping in. This isn’t new territory, as Nastia has already trained with Sasha over the weekends when Derek isn’t in Los Angeles for Spring Spectacular.
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Derek Hough gets some assistance as he arrives at the dance studio in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon (April 22).
The 29-year-old pro dancer joined his partner Nastia Liukin at the studios after announcing that he may not be competing next week.
Nastia, 25, will be training with troupe dancer Sasha Farber for next week’s show, where Derek and Nastia were set to perform a Charleston.
“This is new territory for me , I’m usually able to work through injury but this one has literally floored me. But like I said before I’m determined to come back all guns blazing … soon!!! #setbackisasetupforacomeback,” Derek tweeted out to his fans.
Sending get well wishes to Derek.
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Nastia Liukin may be dancing with Sasha Farber for the rest of the Dancing With The Stars season.
A spokesperson for the reality competition spoke to People on what will happen with Team Houghkin for right now while Derek Hough nurses his ankle injury.
“Derek Hough suffered injuries to his right foot and left ankle,” the rep shared. “He has been diagnosed with a broken toe on his right foot and sprains to his left ankle on both the inside and outside aspects and a bone bruise on the same ankle. Derek will remain in Los Angeles this week to rehab his injuries.”
They added, “While it remains unclear at this time if Derek will be able to perform on April 27th episode, his partner Nastia Liukin will train in Los Angeles this week with pro-dancer Sasha Farber to prepare for the live show.”
Sending all our good vibes to Team Houghkin.
Derek Hough is speaking out about his injury he endured on Monday night after Dancing With The Stars.
“Performing 10 shows a week at Radio City while rehearsing with Nastia for DWTS, I’ve never felt more healthy,strong and fit. But then a fluke accident happened that involved a light and some stairs. Can’t believe it, wish I had a cooler story to tell,” the 29-year-old dancer and actor captioned on Instagram.
Derek continued, “All that dancing , flipping , jumping and the thing that stops me in my tracks is something as simple as a light and some stairs . I’m doing everything I possibly can to have a quick recovery and I’m determined to come back stronger than ever. I appreciate all the love and support, you guys are the best. And thank you to Mark, BC Jean and Corky Ballas for staying with me at the hospital until 2am. Love you . This is new territory for me , I’m usually able to work through injury but this one has literally floored me. But like I said before I’m determined to come back all guns blazing … soon!!! #setbackisasetupforacomeback.”
Sending get well thoughts to Derek!