Honestly, I must admit that when I was offered this opportunity, I didn’t know Val. I do not own a television nor do I watch “Dancing with the Stars.” When I asked some of my girlfriends about it, they unanimously encouraged me to take advantage of this opportunity.
(I think they were rooting for Val and me to fall in love and make beautiful baby backup dancers, but alas romance wasn’t in the cards for Mr. Chmerkovskiy and me.) However, what I did get out of the interview was a delightful conversation with a hard-working, socially-minded, and overall pretty rad dude.
Of course, I had to pick his brain about music. His musical taste ranges from Muddy Waters to Sam Hunt. He’s slowing coming around to country music, but I don’t blame him. At the mention of Bro-Country, we made faces and moved on. But as a dancer, classically trained violinist and former rapper he appreciates all music.
You didn’t misread the “former rapper” statement. Yes, this Ukraine-American dancer was also a rapper in earlier years. He released a single, “White Boy Boogie” in 2011 as his version/answer to the popular tune, “Teach Me How To Dougie”.
Sadly, our interview was cut short, so I had to sneak a mini dance lesson into my last question. I mean, who wouldn’t create an opportunity for samba, rumba, tango with Val? You can watch the video here for a good giggle.
For the complete interview give a listen below.