Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Watch Claudia Fragapane & AJ Pritchard in training

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Here's a first look at 'Team pocket rockets' Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard in Strictly training.

Olympic gymnast Claudia has been partnered with new pro dancer AJ on this year's Strictly Come Dancing making for the youngest, newest and smallest pairings.

And they're totally adorable together.

"The first day of training is is pretty exciting," says Claudia in this first look video. "AJ just gave it to me all at once.

"His choreography is very fast, quick steps and moving your body is pretty tricky but you know, I've kinda got the grasp of it...

"I'm feeling pretty good, my feet are a bit sore from being in high heels but I'm really pleased."

Meanwhile, AJ adds: "I'm not giving her the easier things or hardest things, keep building it up as we go along keep making it harder and harder."

There is now less than a week to go before the first live show which will be both Claudia and AJ's first proper Strictly performance.

Their opening dance together will take place when this year's Strictly Come Dancing live shows later this week on BBC One in two parts, first on Friday, September 23 and then on Saturday, September 24.

The couples will be split across the two shows with six couples dancing on Friday and the remaining nine on Saturday although the line up on each show has not yet been confirmed.

While - as usual - there will be no elimination in week one, the marks from the judges for the first dances will carry forward and help determine which two couples will be in the bottom dance off in Week 2.

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