Val & Val Split, US 2nd in Internationals

In the ballroom world, DanceBeat reports that Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Valeryia Kozharinova, current reigning US Latin amateur champs, have split. They just competed at Internationals, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London last Thursday, placing in the semifinals in Amateur. The U.S., predictably, took home two second-place trophies in Pro: Riccardo Cocchi and Yulia Zagoruychenko in Latin, and Arunas Bizokas and Katusha Demidova in Standard.


  1. That’s sad… I liked them together.

  2. I’m CRUSHED! Thanks for letting us know, though.

  3. Oh no!! Val & Val had chemistry together. I’ll miss them 🙁

  4. I know, you guys. I was shocked to see it in Dance Beat’s email update, but then I met up with a friend last night who’s just back from the competition in London and she confirmed it. I guess they were starting to fall behind other couples who they normally easily beat and figured it was time for a change… Hopefully they’ll both find new partners and will spice up the competitions.

  5. Ricardo and Yulia- they continue to place second in competitions. What has to occur for them to move up into first place? I guess I need educated on the judging process as well as the politics involved in placements. Is it predetermined to so degree?

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