They were a match made in Dancing with the Stars heaven.
“As my journey as your partner comes to an end and your next season with a whole new partner and new experience begins, there are a few things I thought about today,” she wrote as the caption to the adorable collage of photos of the two together, from selfies to on-stage embraces. “I honestly don’t know if I have words to describe what this past season or this tour, but most importantly our partnership has meant to me. I know I have tried on many occasion while on tour to describe to the audience what I felt but I have always fallen short to put in words how I feel.”
The 26-year-old star went on to thank Chmerkovskiy for his support throughout their partnership on season 20 of the reality competiton, on which they took home the mirror ball trophy.
“First I have to thank you as my teacher for challenging me everyday through your own passion and dedication to your art, for pushing me past the limits of what I believed I was capable of and even for occasionally driving me crazy with trying to make all of our dances the best they could be,” she said. “Secondly I thank you for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself for putting up with me when I was scared or insecure, and being the person that didn’t let me feel like I could fail no matter what anyone else said.”
“I am truly grateful to call you my friend and I am so proud that we won together, I wouldn’t have wanted to do it with anyone else,” she added. “I can’t wait to root for you next season. love to you always @iamvalc.”
Up next, Willis will make her Broadway debut starring as Roxie Hart in the Prohibition-era musical Chicago.
The production will run at the Ambassador Theatre in New York City, and Willis will first take the stage on Sept. 14.
The new season of Dancing with the Stars premieres Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.