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The Dancers' Valentine's Day Posts That Made Us Swoon This Year

Oh how we adore celebrating Valentine's Day here at DT. Love is in the air, which means everyone's improv/choreography is either fueled by happiness or heartbreak (either way—the emotion is doing fabulous things to their work). For a grand finale to this year's V Day celebrations, we give you our favorite romantic Instagram posts from some of the dancers and choreographers we adore most! Check 'em out!


1. Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert

I don't think there has ever been a couple this attractive in the history of ever.


2. Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson

Ballroom love is the best kind of love!


3. Travis Wall and Dom Palange

OK, so technically Palange isn't a dancer, but let's be honest: Wall is dancey enough for the both of them!


4. Nick Palmquist and Marcelo Gomes

Everything about this is beautiful, and we don't know how to handle it!


5. Stevie Doré and Devyck Bull

Couples that dance together, stay together!


6. Chantel Aguirre and Michael Keefe
















Couples who dance together stay together.

6. Chantel Aguirre and Michael Keefe

Their happiness is infectious. We just love their love!


7. Keone and Mari Madrid

Can you imagine how talented their children would be???

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