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de Valentin Chmerkovskiy

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"Val embodies what it means to live the American dream." -- Robin Roberts, Good Morning America Valentin 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 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 readable--and showcasing sixteen-pages of never-before-seen photographs, as well as a foreword by brother Maks--Val's memoir is filled with the moments that have moved and shaped him, and is sure to touch readers' hearts as well.… (més)
Membre:Teresa.Higdon
Títol:I'll never change my name : an immigrant's American dream from Ukraine to the U.S.A. to Dancing with the stars
Autors:Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Informació:New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, [2018].
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I'll Never Change My Name: An Immigrant's American Dream from Ukraine to the USA to Dancing with the Stars de Valentin Chmerkovskiy

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This was not what I was expecting from a biography. There wasn't a lot of bragging or hiding the bad. Just telling his and his brothers' story. ( )
  audraelizabeth | Aug 28, 2019 |
The author’s story is a familiar one. Immigrate to the United States, work hard, and become successful. He sharpened his Latin dance skills into two wins on Dancing with the Stars, becoming a household name in the process. Chmerkovskiy describes how the steps from his early life in Odessa, Ukraine and subsequent move to New Jersey gave him the discipline and flexibility to work with different partners and dance styles. The photographic section provided context to the material presented. Story flow could have been better. ( )
  bemislibrary | Dec 2, 2018 |
“My name is my self. My name signals to the world that it has to take me as I am. Even if people shatter their teeth trying to say it, my name is me.”

This is an autobiography from one of the professional ballroom dancers on Dancing with the Stars. Many people argue that the show is about the celebrity but personally after having watched the show since the second season I beg to differ. The professionals are just as important if not more than the rotating cast of celebrities. Valentin Chmerkovskiy otherwise known as Val on the show, quickly became one of my favorites on the show within his first few seasons. Things shifted after the show’s 16th season where they tried to get more viewers involved with them online and being the millennial I am I feel like I caught on pretty quickly. It led me to following abc and the show on social media along with many of my favorite pros. But maybe it was a bit too much because after a while the professionals that were given a charming edit on the show were no longer my favorites because of their social media presence...Val included. I actually like his brother Maksim better but that's another topic. I figured maybe this book will give me the chance to warm up to Val again.

This book gives us some insight into Val’s life as an immigrant. What I find interesting is how there are a few stories that he has shared throughout the years in a little more detail. There are some parts that could have done without the extra added commentary because it sounded like the same idea but in different words. He also writes about his Dancing with the Stars experience, from his opinions about his various partners and other pros. But the parts that I personally think were the better-written parts are the chapters where he discusses his family (flesh and blood or otherwise).

Val’s book was written well but suffered from not having a very good editor and grammar checker. There were passages that sounded too repetitive and sentences that sounded either incomplete or needed rewriting. However, I think his style of writing would have been better suited to a series of essays instead of a narrative because he likes to write and write to get to a deep thought and then the narrative gets lost because he’s trying to make a point. The writing feels a little cluttered at times because he puts too much in a paragraph then tries to go back as if he didn’t just insert something completely different. But this is the Val I know so I didn’t mind it that much. Plus it was funny to read about him poking fun at things that happened to him.

Here are some of my favorite moments from the book:
”As rare as talent itself is, I think it’s almost as rare for a person to recognize and encourage someone else’s talent.
But my uncle called me out, and then it became a matter of the simple domino effect that happens whenever someone decides to believe in another person. It’s why today I instinctively and consciously try to seize every opportunity to encourage someone else to feel as though they can do anything they want to do. Even if they don’t wind up pursuing their dream, for a moment they’ll feel good because someone else sees a possibility in them, just as Uncle Joseyk saw a possibility in me.”

“I celebrate family and America. Those two things are what I’m most grateful for in my life. My name will never say that proudly for me, but if you’re willing to go beyond my impossible-to-pronounce last name and lend me your ear for a five-minute conversation, you’ll quickly realize that I’m as American as it comes.”

“Once you invest your heart in a person during that difficult, inspiring, sometimes heart-breaking journey, the bond is forever.”
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  Jessika.C | Mar 8, 2018 |
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"Val embodies what it means to live the American dream." -- Robin Roberts, Good Morning America Valentin 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 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 readable--and showcasing sixteen-pages of never-before-seen photographs, as well as a foreword by brother Maks--Val's memoir is filled with the moments that have moved and shaped him, and is sure to touch readers' hearts as well.

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