I'll Never Change My Name: An Immigrant's American Dream From Ukraine To The Usa To Dancing With The Stars

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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 listenable—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.


  • 001 I ll Never Change My Name

    Duration: 33s
  • 002 Dedication

    Duration: 10s
  • 003 Foreword

    Duration: 05min
  • 004 I Am Valentin Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy

    Duration: 20min
  • 005 Part 01

    Duration: 33min
  • 006 First Season

    Duration: 25min
  • 007 Steps

    Duration: 28min
  • 008 Part 02

    Duration: 13min
  • 009 Odessa

    Duration: 26min
  • 010 Immigrant

    Duration: 23min
  • 011 School

    Duration: 21min
  • 012 Music

    Duration: 22min
  • 013 Part 03

    Duration: 24min
  • 014 My Teenage Dreams Come True

    Duration: 36min
  • 015 Rumer Has It

    Duration: 27min
  • 016 Part 04

    Duration: 29min
  • 017 Choices

    Duration: 07min
  • 018 Competition (1)

    Duration: 21min
  • 019 Competition (2)

    Duration: 19min
  • 020 Dance with Me

    Duration: 23min
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