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Val Chmerkovskiy -- 5 things to know about the 'Dancing with the Stars' pro partner

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/20/2017 

Val Chmerkovskiy will be competing on the upcoming edition of Dancing with the Stars as a professional partner.

Val, a 30-year-old professional dancer and choreographer -- who turns 31 on March 24 -- will be paired with Fifth Harmony member Normani Kordei for Dancing with the Stars' upcoming 24th season, which premieres Monday, March 20.

Val joined DWTS 11 seasons ago and will be participating in his 12th edition.

He finished as Season 16's runner-up with Zendaya Coleman, claimed third place in Season 19 with Janel Parrish, won Season 20 with Rumer Willis, finished Season 22 in third place with Ginger Zee, and won the latest 23rd season with Laurie Hernandez.

Curious to learn more about the handsome Russian 6'0" dancer who will show off his moves when Dancing with the Stars returns to ABC?

Below is a list of 5 facts Reality TV World has compiled about Val Chmerkovskiy:

- Born Valentin Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy in the Ukraine in 1986, Val and his family, including his older brother Maksim Chmerkovskiy, relocated to Brooklyn, NY, in 1994.

- Val is a classically trained violinist and once played concertmaster violin with his youth orchestra in Carnegie Hall.

- A big fan of fashion, the pro dancer launched his own clothing line in 2013 called VALENTIN, a luxury streetwear brand.

- Val was rumored to have dated Kelly Monaco, Janel Parrish and Jenna Johnson from the DWTS family. Most recently, he was linked to Season 23 contestant Amber Rose, but the couple split last month.

- Val is a two-time World Latin Dance Champion (Junior and Youth) and a 14-time U.S. National Latin Dance champion.

Val Chmerkovskiy/Instagram

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