Slideshow posted in Entertainment | Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Valentin Chmerkovskiy is the brother of Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Val has appeared on Dancing With the Stars as a guest dancer and is now taking center stage as a pro just like Maks. Oh brother!
Val was seven years old when he started dancing and at the age of 12, he went to his first oversees competition, the German Open, as one of only two U.S. couples there (his brother being the second). At 15, Val won his first IDSF World Championship and became the first and last American to ever do it.
Val has been a US champion an incredible 14 times over his 15 year dance career. His accomplishments include winning the German Open, Asian-Pacific Chamiponships, US Open, Blackpool and the World Championships 2-times (Junior and Youth). Val is currently the United States Amateur Latin Champion with his partner Daria Chesnokova.
Without a doubt, Val is one of the most accomplished Amateur Latin dancers in the history of Dancing with the Stars! We are excited to welcome Val back for his second season.