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Author Chmerkovskiy, Valentin, author.

Title I'll never change my name : an immigrant's American dream from Ukraine to the U.S.A. to Dancing with the stars / Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    792.8028 Chmerkovskiy,V CHM    Available
 GDL Pacific Park Library Non-Fiction    792.8028 Chmerkovskiy, V    Available
Edition First edition.
Description xi, 324 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
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Summary "Valentin 'Val' Chmerkovskiy has captivated viewers with his striking performances on Dancing with the Stars since his first step, season after season. His raw talent, dashing looks, and genuine kindness have made him an instant, beloved star. Now, for the first time ever, viewers will have an all-access pass to Val's life--and in [this book], Val bares his soul, illuminating the thoughtful person he is both on and off the stage. In this revealing memoir, Val opens up about his life and career so far--where he's come from and where he hopes to go. He shows the reader some of the most notable moments from his childhood in Odessa, Ukraine, and his tight-knit family's immigration to the United States--including his struggles learning English as a stranger desperate to fit into a different culture, how he worked to become a premiere ballroom dancer, and, of course, the collaborations and competitions with his brother and fellow DWTS sensation, Maksim 'Maks' Chmerkovskiy. After years of practice and discipline, Val, along with his older brother Maks, have reached the pinnacle of success, but it took a great deal of hard work and gratitude to get there. Sharing at times intimate and at times entertaining moments with early dance partners all the way up through celebrity dance partners such as Laurie Hernandez, Zendaya, Kelly Monaco, and Rumer Willis on Dancing with the Stars, Val expresses his enduring gratitude for the opportunities America has afforded him and his family, and for everything this country represents--offering hope not only to fans, but everyone with at dream."-- Dust jacket.
Contents Foreword / by Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- I am Valentin Alexsandrovich Chmerkovskiy -- A journey in dance. DWTS ; First season ; Steps -- A journey in life. Family ; Odessa ; Immigrant ; School ; Music -- A journey in dance. Zendaya ; My teenage dreams come true ; Rumer has it -- A journey in life. Rising stars ; Choices ; Competition (1) ; Competition (2) ; Dance with me ; Lust ; The Ukrainian bachelor ; Leaving -- A journey in dance. Two pair ; Laurie ; Harmony ; Final thoughts -- Valentin Chmerkovskiy: Competitive ballroom dance record.
Subject Chmerkovskiy, Valentin.
Dancing with the stars (Television program).
Ballroom dancers -- United States -- Biography.
Ukrainian Americans -- Biography.
Immigrants -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Added Title I will never change my name
ISBN 9780062820471

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