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Meet the Star: Zendaya

Multi-talented actress and singer, Zendaya, stars as Raquel “Rocky” Blue, one half of the comedic duo, in the hit Disney Channel series Shake It Up! and is currently recording her debut album on Hollywood Records. 

Born September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California, Zendaya grew up as part of the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, where her mother works as the House Manager. In addition to training at the theater’s student conservatory program, and later performing in numerous stage productions, Zendaya helped her mom seat patrons and sell raffle tickets to benefit the theater.

While attending the Oakland School for the Arts, she starred as Little Ti Moune in Once on This Island at the Berkley Playhouse and the breakout role of the male character Joe in Caroline, or Change at Palo Alto’s TheaterWorks. She also studied her craft at the CalShakes Conservatory program and at the American Conservatory Theater. 

Zendaya has performed around the world, including at The White House and in the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and she tours select cities with her Z-Swagg Dancers and Singers. Zendaya, derived from the word that means "to give thanks" in Shona (a Bantu language native to the Shona people of Zimbabwe), was a fashion model for Macy’s, Mervyns and Old Navy. She was also one of the back-up dancers in a Sears commercial featuring Disney Channel star Selena Gomez.  

Zendaya now resides in Los Angeles, California with her family and dog, a giant Schnauzer named Midnight.

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!


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