Amy Purdy and Derek Hough answer questions asked by fans via Twitter on the Finale of the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.
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.
Valentin Chmerkovskiy first captured the attention of audiences across the nation in 2011 when he appeared as a professional dancer on ABC’s #1 hit show, Dancing with the Stars. The 13-time US National Champion and two-time World Dance Champion quickly rose to stardom becoming one of the show's fan-favorites for impeccable performances that showcased not only immense talent and creativity, but an undeniable charisma to match.
Since his TV debut, the Ukrainian-born dance champion continues to steal the hearts of fans—both on and off the dance floor. Valentin has expanded upon his talents as a dancer, choreographer and instructor to create an empire that inspires others through the art of dance. Valentin co-founded Dance With Me Studios, one of the nation’s leading Latin and Ballroom dance studios, where he also lends his expertise as the venue’s Art Director. The success of the first studio ignited in Valentin a passion for teaching his craft, leading him to pursue his latest endeavor Dance With Me Juniors, a program Valentin proudly designed to keep kids healthy, focused and active.
The effect of Valentin Chmerkovskiy is proving to be contagious, as he has recently become the face of multiple world-renowned brands such as P&G's Everyday Effect, Dr. Scholl’s and Olay’s Ultra Moisture Body Wash, to name a few. The many talents of Valentin Chmerkovskiy have allowed him to transform his role as a professional dancer to a widely recognized symbol of sex appeal, health, fitness, talent and hard work. He expects to explore yet another creative project with the launch of his clothing line, Valentín, in October of 2013. In addition to this venture, Valentin can be found competing on the 17th season of Dancing with the Stars alongside partner Elizabeth Berkley Lauren.
PRIOR CELEBRITY PARTNERS:
• Kelly Monaco (All Star Season)
• Sherri Shepherd
• Elisabetta Canalis