‘DWTS’: Alan Bersten Says Hannah Brown Is More ‘Genuine’ Than Partners He’s Had In The Past

Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten have been dancing their hearts out on the current season of Dancing With The Stars. Their natural chemistry and similar work ethics have catapulted the duo into success.

Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten | Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images
Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten | Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images

“Honestly it’s very funny, we both have the same personality where we want to be the best but we’re also perfectionists and we’re very hard on ourselves,” Bersten told Woman’s Day on November 4. “So when it’s good, it’s going so well and we’re getting so much done but the second we both kind of get into that mindset of ‘It could be better, it could be better,’ or, like, ‘We need to do this better,’ that’s kind of when it becomes a little bit harder to get through.”

Though Brown and Bersten thoroughly enjoy working together today, their partnership has had its fair share of challenges.

Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten have worked through their communication issues

In the earlier weeks of rehearsing, Brown felt she and Bersten had a communication problem.

“I was upset because I couldn’t remember it and Alan was being pretty hard on me. I know he’s not intentionally trying to hurt my feelings — he’s not really yelling at me, he’s telling me to get the dance right — but it still is a lot, especially when I am wanting to get it right, too. We had a few moments where we had to take some breaks and work through it, and I think a lot of the emotion was coming from constantly having the cameras on,” she wrote in her week four DWTS diary for Bustle.

Lately, though, Brown feels she and Bersten are communicating much more effectively.

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“I’m really proud of Alan for doing whatever it takes me to teach me the best, even if it’s different than the way he’s taught people before. It really shows that he’s trying to work with me. I’m trying to not be as sensitive when he is just so passionate, and I just have to know that’s just how Alan is. I’m proud of both of us for learning how to communicate better with each other,” she wrote in her week eight DWTS diary.

Why Alan Bersten loves working with Hannah Brown on ‘DWTS’

Bersten made his DWTS debut back in season 20 and became a professional during season 25. He wrote in his most recent Entertainment Tonight blog that Brown’s different from past partners he’s had on the show.

“What separates Hannah from partners I’ve had in the past? I think Hannah is just so genuine. She really cares about this and it shows in her dancing. She wants this and you can see that every time she takes the stage,” he wrote.

Bersten really wants to win that Mirrorball, and so does Brown. But the professional knows, as the competition heats up, not to fall into the trap of taking things too seriously.  

“From past seasons as a pro, I have learned to just have FUN. The semifinals are very stressful, but the best dances come from a good, encouraging environment. So this week we’re just focusing on having fun!” he wrote.

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