"Val embodies what it means to live the American dream." Robin Roberts, Good Morning AmericaValentin Chmerkovskiy, the world championship-winning and beloved Dancing with the Stars ballroom dancer invites fans into his life as never before, sharing the experiences, including the failures and successes, that have shaped him, from his early childhood in Ukraine to growing up as an immigrant in the U.S. to his rise to international fame.Val has captivated viewers of Dancing with the Stars since his first performance in 2011. While DWTS demonstrates Vals beautiful physicality, this moving memoir illuminates his soul, revealing a deep, thoughtful person who channels his emotions and socially conscious views through his art. The beloved dance champion and choreographer assesses his life and career so farwhere hes come from and where he hopes to go.For the first time, Val looks back at his childhood in Odessa, Ukraine, and his Jewish familys immigration to the United Statesincluding what it was like to grow up as a stranger desperate to fit into a different culture, how he worked to become a premiere dancer, and, of course, the collaborations and competitions with his brother and fellow DWTS sensation, Maksim "Maks" Chmerkovskiy.Val speaks warmly of his close-knit family and shares intimate and inspiring stories meant to offer hope and motivation not only to fans but to everyone with a dream. Enduring anti-Semitism in their native land, Vals parents wanted a better life for their childrena desire that led them to leave everything they knew and start again thousands of miles away in a foreign country. It was a gamble that paid offafter years of practice and discipline, Val, along with his older brother Maks, have reached the pinnacle of success. Though he admits he sometimes still feels like an outsider, Val expresses his enduring gratitude for everything that America represents and pays homage to his adopted nation and the opportunities it has afforded him and his family.Inspiring, heartfelt, and compulsively readableand showcasing sixteen-pages of never-before-seen photographs, as well as a foreword by brother MaksVals memoir is filled with the moments that have moved and shaped him, and is sure to touch readers hearts as well.
I'll Never Change My Name An Immigrant's American Dream from Ukraine to the U.S.A. To Dancing With the Stars
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