Val Chmerkovskiy

Val Chmerkovskiy

Valentin Chmerkovskiy is a Ukrainian-born professional dancer, author and television personality. A 14-time US National Champion and two-time World Dance Champion, Val rose to stardom as a fan-favorite professional and eventual two-time winner of the hit series Dancing with the Stars. He has since appeared on numerous television shows, including Netflix’s Fuller House and Fox’s Flirty Dancing, as well as served as a judge on the inaugural season of Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.

Val is the co-founder and owner of Dance With Me studios, a leading, nationwide network of dance studios with the mission of making dance accessible to all people regardless of skill level. Val is a nationally recognized dance educator and advocate for keeping kids active, healthy, and creative through dance. Val is a philanthropist who supports numerous charities, including the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of LA and Pencils of Promise. He also spent time mentoring kids at the KIPP Scholar Academy in South Los Angeles.

In 2018, Val released his first memoir titled “I’ll Never Change my Name,” which detailed his life, career and experience as an Eastern European immigrant. As a classically trained violinist, Val has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Val was born in Odessa, Ukraine to an engineer mother and marine merchant father and immigrated to Brooklyn, NY at 8 years old. He is fluent in Russian and English.

Val Chmerkovskiy
  • Val Chmerkovskiy Bio

    Valentin Chmerkovskiy is a Ukrainian-born professional dancer, author and television personality. A 14-time US National Champion and two-time World Dance Champion, Val rose to stardom as a fan-favorite professional and eventual two-time winner of the hit series Dancing with the Stars. He has sinc...

  • "Quarantine Speakeasy" - Dance Show

    Maks and Val bring you a show and a quick taste of what’s to come when you enter the world of Dance & Co. "Quarantine Speakeasy" is classic charm delivered in a fresh new way. Step inside the club where there are no masks and very little distance is kept. Just dance, passion, and a good ol’ time...

  • Maks & Val - "Cha Cha Cha" - Maksimum Vibes - Level 2

    This week we're bringing you a fun, beginner friendly Cha Cha Cha! This simple routine is full of groovy moments that will allow you to play with speed and textures! Let the music dictate your moves and have fun with it!  Level 2 - Beginner 

  • Maks & Val - "Dejame" - Maksimum Vibes - Level 3

    Batucadas, bounce, and body rolls galore! Get ready to Samba and shake that booty! The boys, Maks & Val, will show you beginner and intermediate variations, so you can get to moving and grooving no matter what your level is! Level 3

  • Maks & Val - "Over The Rainbow" - Maksimum Vibes - Level 2

    Maksimum Vibes (MV), an ode to Maks and Val (MV) and the vibes they create when they're on the dance floor together. These routines are all about blending styles, moves, and grooves to create a routine that elevates the energy and takes the vibes to max! Maks and Val spice up the Cha Cha to the t...

  • Maks & Val - "You Gotta Man Up" - Maksimum Vibes - Level 2

    It's Maks! It's Val! It's Maksimum Vibes Jive & Swing edition! Oh you gotta man (or woman) up and conquer all your dancing fears with this soulful and sassy jive routine that's friendly for all levels! This song was used in the opening number of Quarantine Speakeasy show from the world premiere l...

  • Maks & Val - Charleston - Maksimum Vibes - Level 1.5

    Maks & Val are bringing it back...way back...100 years back to the ROARING TWENTIES! This highly requested fun and upbeat combination blends the classic Charleston, Swing and even a little Salsa. Beginner Level 1.5

  • Maksimum Vibes - "La Ventana" - Maks & Val - Level 3

    The boys are bringing the vacation to you! Open “La Ventana” (The Window), feel the ocean breeze, and get ready to shake, sweat, and smile with Maks & Val & this Latin American vibe! Level 3

  • Rumba Technical Breakdown w/ Val Chmerkovskiy & Peta Murgatroyd - Level 1

    If you're a big fan of dance and love the nitty gritty details, this class is for you. In this technical breakdown, two-time International Latin World Champion, Valentin Chmerkovskiy breaks down the foundations of the Rumba walks and how it affects partnering and connection. Legendary dancer and ...

  • Val & Jenna - "Cali cumbia" - Latin American Groove - Level 1

    We’re going on a tour of Latin America and covering basic actions of Merengue, Salsa, American Rumba. In this beginner friendly routine we focus on the feet, hip, and body actions that’ll put you a step ahead at the Latin clubs! We even show you a Texas two-step version of this combo! Level 1

  • Val & Jenna - "Nobody" - Intermediate Samba - Level 3

    Val & Jenna’s sexy samba is guaranteed to make you sweat and smile! Its See their variations of male and female style and get right to it! - Intermediate Level 3

  • Val & Jenna - "Psycodelic" - Samba Combo - Level 4

    Val and Jenna are here to Samba! Bounce, hip action, strong accents and styling make this a well rounded and fast paced routine to challenge beginners and inspire achievers! They cover technical elements while keeping it fun and loose! Advanced - Level 4

  • Val & Jenna - "Bailas" - Latin Partnering Level 3

    Grab a friend, lover, sibling, or challenge yourself and try this routine by yourself! Val and Jenna break down the basics of connection and the keys to a successful dance partnership! This routine is great for an at-home date night, a fun way to challenge yourself to try something new, great pr...

  • Val - "Pa Que Goces" - Cha Cha - Level 3.5

    This cha-cha routine is “swift like Taylor” with quick footwork & strong leg action to improve your latin dancing while giving your body a great work out! Intermediate - Level 3.5

  • Val - "Runaway Train" - Jive Groove - Level 3

    A fast pace authentic jive routine with kicks, flicks, ball changes, Elvis hip action, quicks, slows, and everything in between. The best part? Val gives you some "dancers choice" options for you to make it your own! 
    Intermediate - Level 3

  • Kenny Wormald & Val - Choreographer's Corner

    Be part of an intimate conversation with one of the leaders in today’s dance scene. Get to know his journey from Boston to Hollywood and beyond. From ballet shoes at Sherry Gold Dance Studio to cowboy boots as the leading man in “Footlose,” Kenny opens up about his rise as a dancer, evolution as ...

  • Mandy Moore & Val - Choreographer's Corner

    Mandy Moore has choreographed the 2016 film La La Land and  has created dance numbers for the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Emmy Awards, and Grammy Awards ceremonies. She has been nominated seven times for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography, winning in 2017 for her work on...

  • "Quarantine Speakeasy" Teaser

    Maks and Val bring you a show and a quick taste of what’s to come when you enter the world of Dance & Co. "Quarantine Speakeasy" is classic charm delivered in a fresh new way. Step inside the club where there are no masks and very little distance is kept. Just dance, passion, and a good ol’ time...