Laurie Hernandez is going to her first prom with her "Dancing With the Stars" partner Val Chmerkovskiy, but it's not what you think.
In a preview of this week's "DWTS" episode, shared with Us Weekly, Val explains the dance to the young gymnast.
"It's Era week and we got the '60s," he tells the 16-year-old gold medalist, "the non-hippie, anti-government '60s."
Laurie, who, keep in mind, was born after the turn of the century, replies, "I don't know what any of that means."
Val tells her the whole thing is a "prom vibe," only to have her tell him that she's never been to prom. "You've never been to prom," he says. "I think it's the perfect opportunity to take you to prom."
In other words, it turns out that her first "prom" will be televised on ABC.
"You're supposed to go to prom during high school," she says in an on-camera interview in the clip. "I don't go to high school. I homeschool."
She adds, "I think it's cool that my first prom is going to be with Val, because instead of just sitting on my phone the whole time, I'll actually be dancing," clearly referencing the difference between her a typical prom and the one she's about to experience.
The ABC show has certainly been able to capitalize on Laurie's meteoric rise into public consciousness, as she was a part of the much-hyped "Final Five" gymnastics team that won the gold in the recent Olympic Games in Rio.
Before things were finalized, Laurie, 16, was asked about joining the ABC dance competition, telling Us Weekly, "The thought of it sounds really cool. We have the tour coming up, so we'll see what goes on with that. But I love 'Dancing With the Stars.' I watched it all the time when I was little."
She probably never thought her prom would be on the show when she was "little."
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