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Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Valentin Chmerkovskiy


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Meet the Star: Elizabeth Berkley Lauren

Elizabeth Berkley Lauren has appeared in a host of successful film, television and stage roles. Her acting career began at age 15 as “Jessie” in the hit sitcom Saved by the Bell. She played Julia Winston on CSI: MIAMI and appeared in the final season of Showtime’s The L-Word. Her television success led to film roles in First Wives Club, Roger Dodger, Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday, Woody Allen's Curse of the Jade Scorpion, and the cult hit Showgirls. On the London stage she appeared in "Lenny" opposite Eddie Izzard. On Broadway she starred with Richard Dreyfuss in the comedy “Sly Fox” and earned rave reviews for “Hurlyburly” with Ethan Hawke. For the past several years, Berkley Lauren, due to the syndication of Saved by the Bell, has been making life-changing connections with a whole new generation of teen girls with her not-for-profit organization “Ask Elizabeth.” She facilitates self-esteem workshops and volunteers in both schools and youth organizations and her website ask-elizabeth.com provides constant resources and assistance to girls. This nationwide movement has affected the lives of over 100,000 girls and counting. Berkley Lauren was a featured contributor for Oprah.com, bridging the communication gap between mothers and daughters. She is the author of The New York Times bestselling book Ask Elizabeth. She and her artist/fashion designer husband Greg Lauren are the proud new parents to their one-year-old son Sky Cole Lauren.

Meet the Pro: Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Valentin Chmerkovskiy is the brother of Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Valentin 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!

Valentin 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, Valentin won his first IDSF World Championship and became the first and last American to ever do it.

Valentin 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). Valentin is currently the United States Amateur Latin Champion with his partner Daria Chesnokova.

Without a doubt, Valentin is one of the most accomplished Amateur Latin dancers in the history of Dancing with the Stars! We are excited to welcome Valentin back for his third season and look forward to see how well he'll do with the first DWTS champion, Kelly!


• Zendaya
• Kelly Monaco (All Star Season)
• Sherri Shepherd
• Elisabetta Canalis

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