I'll Never Change My Name: An Immigrant's American Dream from Ukraine to the USA to Dancing with the Stars

I'll Never Change My Name: An Immigrant's American Dream from Ukraine to the USA to Dancing with the Stars

by Valentin Chmerkovskiy

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062820471
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 118,099
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Valentin “Val” Chmerkovskiy was born in Ukraine, immigrated to the United States at the age of eight, and grew up in Brooklyn. He is the first American to have won two IDSF World Championships, one in Juniors and one in Youth. He is also a fourteen-time US National Champion, a classically trained violinist, and a mentor. Val is a cofounder and creative director at Dance with Me Studios, a national chain of dance studios, which he cofounded with his brother and fellow DWTS pro, Maks. Most recently, Val won the Season 23 Mirrorball Trophy with Olympian Laurie Hernandez. He splits his time between Los Angeles and New York City.

Table of Contents

Foreword Maksim Chmerkovskiy ix

I Am Valentin Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy 1

Part 1 A Journey in Dance

DWTS 15

First Season 33

Steps 47

Part 2 A Journey in Life

Family 63

Odessa 71

Immigrant 85

School 97

Music 109

Part 3 A Journey in Dance

Zendaya 123

My Teenage Dreams Come True 137

Rumer Has It 155

Part 4 A Journey in Life

Rising Stars 171

Choices 185

Competition (1) 189

Competition (2) 199

Dance with Me 209

Lust 221

The Ukrainian Bachelor 247

Leaving 257

Part 5 A Journey in Dance

Two Pair 269

Laurie 285

Harmony 293

Final Thoughts 307

Valentin Chmerkovskiy: Competitive Ballroom Dance Record 319

Gratitudes 321

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I'll Never Change My Name: An Immigrant's American Dream from Ukraine to the USA to Dancing with the Stars 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a long time fan of DWTS, and especially the brothers, I really enjoyed this book! Val has a great writing style, which makes this book a joy to read. Congrats Val, on your first book! Hope we hear more from you. MJ Mason
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