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Val has captivated viewers of Dancing with the Stars since his first performance in 2011. While DWTS demonstrates Val's 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 far - where he's come from and where he hopes to go.
For the first time, Val looks back at his childhood in Odessa, Ukraine, and his Jewish family's immigration to the United States - including 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, Val's parents wanted a better life for their children - a 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 off - after 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 listenable - and including a foreword written by brother Maks - Val's memoir is filled with the moments that have moved and shaped him, and is sure to touch listeners' hearts as well.
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By Rana I O on 03-10-18
A Must for Dancing with the Stars fans
You will get an honest unfiltered behind the scenes look at part of the ballroom world in the US and Dancing with the stars. Well written and full of interesting details. The Audio narration by the author is great.
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By gibbospa on 06-07-18
I’m a fan of Dancing with the Stars. I find Maks arrogant but have always liked Val and was interested in the story. It’s well written but the fact he narrated it made all the difference. He does a great job. He is funny, serious and talented. The book gives a huge insight into how they got where they are and into who they are. The audible version of the book is well worth a listen.