Born in a family of dancers and choreographers, dance flows in Valentin Chmerkovskiy’s blood. It has taken him years of sheer determination and hardwork to garner the success and fame he has today. Co-owning the brand Dance With Me and championing the Mirrorball trophy twice are additional feathers in his already colorful cap. In 2011, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ gave Val the canvas to paint his masterful strokes on and oh the art he produced! He is more than prepped to perform on ‘DWTS’ stage with the celebrated cheerleading coach and reality television star, Monica Aldama, for season 29. Curious to know more about Val Chmerkovskiy’s life? We have got your back!
Val Chmerkovskiy: Age and Nationality
Val was born to Ukrainian parents on March 24, 1986. His mother and father were both renowned dancers and ran a dance studio in their hometown, Odessa. They moved to the US in 1994, and after two years of backbreaking work, successfully established their family business of youth-oriented dance studio in New Jersey. The institution instilled ballroom fundamentals in Val by the time he had turned 8. His elder brother, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, was also an aspiring dancer who became a pro in ‘Dancing with the Stars.’
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When people ask me “how long you’ve been dancing?” THIS long! 😂👑 . Young gentleman right there. Always in “shadow position.” Instilled in the foundation of ballroom fundamentals is the idea of always presenting your lady. She shines you shine, both a reflection of each others greatness and support. I say it often, very few activities out there promote comradery and teamwork between a boy and a girl as a single competing creative unit. We tend to separate them in competition and through other institutions of growth and then wonder why there’s such a disconnect or inability for healthy interaction and communication between the two. I grew up sharing my creative space, my successes and failures alike with a girl, an adolescent girl, a young woman, to a woman. Don’t get me wrong I’m not preaching here just sharing my pride that amongst all the beautiful gifts ballroom/latin dance has given me was the opportunity to share my life with some incredible and powerful women. I’ve grown I’ve learned and I’ve succeeded because of their influence. It’s not international women’s day, but shoutout to all the women out there going through stuff. You don’t need no man, but if you ever want to enjoy a dip or two, I always got you!!! . Tag someone that can use some positivity today. . Love you more than I loved my brothers hand-me-down onesie. #chappedlips #johntravolta #latin #ballroom #dancing #king #queen #thatextensiontho #manshadswag #mrstealyourgirl #thatsmygirlTanyachka
At the age of 15, Val participated and won the tournament IDSF World Championship and was the first-ever American to have been honored with it. He even bagged the World Junior Championship title with Diana Olonetskaya as his partner. His early ventures prove that Val did not rise to stardom overnight but spent years and years perfecting his skill.
Val Chmerkovskiy’s Wife and Kids
Val met his now-wife Jenna Johnson on the sets of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ back in 2014. The ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ alum is also a Latin-American Pro dancer like her husband. The duo developed a close friendship based on common vocation. They started dating after almost a year only to break up after a short while. Still, destiny had different plans for them as Val got extremely attracted to Jenna’s staunch family values. In June 2018, while on a trip to Venice with his girlfriend, Val popped the question to Jenna, who gladly accepted the proposal.
After ten months of courting, the colleagues turned into life-partners on April 13, 2019, at a resort in Rancho Palo Verdes, California. They have not been blessed with a child yet, but the couple cannot wait to extend their family. In 2020, Jenna and Val bought a mansion in the posh Tarzan community in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. They truly are couple goals – living their dreams together, while drunk and dancing in love!
Val Chmerkovskiy: DWTS Journey
In 2006, Val made his debut on the show that his brother had already gained significant fame from. Val appeared as Maksim’s student in its second season, and the next year, the ‘DWTS’ audience saw a dance-off between them. The music-and-dance performance helped Val establish a spot on the show and eventually put him on the world map. As a professional dancer and choreographer on ABC’s hit dance competition TV series, his journey began from season 13.
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Another tour with this incredible brand, franchise, but more importantly FAMILY! It’s an honor to be a part of @dancingabc live tour traveling this beautiful country of ours connecting and saying thank you to all the fans that have made us their family tradition every Monday night for nearly 15 years now. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, I’d suggest you not miss this one. As the phrase has been used too many times and to be frank not always honestly I say it with 100% confidence this. Is. The. Best. One. Yet! and we’ve put on some incredible tours in the past. This #DWTSTOUR just feels a little different, it’s got everything you expect from the show and then some. You will smile, laugh, have chills, and most definitely walk away fulfilled and inspired. Come see us live this winter, we’re touring 72 cities in the next 90 days so make sure you don’t miss out on your tickets. . Let me know if you’re coming and to which show. Also I’d love to know what DWTS has meant to you personally, if you don’t feel comfortable sharing in the comments, share in my DMs… I’ll be responding to you guys, and maybe even have something special in store for y’all. ♥️🙏🏻👑
Val had his first big win in season 20 when he served as the mentor to American actress and singer, Rumer Willis. He had already made it thrice to the second and third runner-up positions. Unfortunately, his dancing partners have quite often had to quit due to physical injuries, but the dedicated pro has never lost hope.
Val has had the ultimate privilege to partner up with celebrities like Elisabetta Canalis, Sherri Shepherd (comedian and talk show host), Kelly Monaco, Zendaya (Disney channel’s ‘Shake It Up’ star), Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, Danica McKellar, Janel Parrish (‘Pretty Little Liars’), Tamar Braxton, Ginger Zee (meteorologist), Normani Kordei (Fifth Harmony), Victoria Arlen (former Paralympic swimmer), Nancy McKeon, and Christie Brinkley. The dextrous dancer laid his hands on the winning trophy for the second time in 2016 when he was paired with the Olympic artistic gymnast, Laurie Hernandez, in season 23.
Val truly creates magic on the stage and puts in loads of effort while training his dance partners. His wide fanbase is looking forward to witnessing his magic on season 29 of ‘DWTS,’ wherein he appears with Navarro College Cheer Coach, Monica Aldama.
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A strong woman leading an extraordinary program of young men and women consistently be at their full potential. Pleasure meeting you @monicaaldama and the entire @navarro_college_cheer squad. All of your students were kind and gracious and I know that is a product of a culture that starts from the top. All the best to you and your program. Hope to see you on #dwts one day soon 🙂
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