Jan. 17th, 1980
Maksim Chmerkovskiy 's Main TV Roles
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Svet's Dance Partner
Maksim "Maks" Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy (born January 17, 1980) is a Ukrainian Latin Ballroom dance champion, choreographer, and instructor. He is widely known as one of the professional dancers on the American television series Dancing with the Stars, on which he first appeared in season two. In 14 appearances on the show, Chmerkovskiy made it to the final round four times, with two runner-up and two third place finishes.
Chmerkovskiy born in Odessa, Ukraine, to Aleksandr and Larisa Chmerkovskiy, he began dancing at the age of four. His brother, 'Valentin Chmerkovskiy', is also a champion dancer. His father is Jewish and his mother is Christian. Chmerkovskiy's Ukrainian ancestry and cultural heritage were referred to on an episode of Dancing with the Stars.
The challenges of immigration for Chmerkovskiy and his family included financial and language barriers. He broke his right leg in a childhood skiing accident, with doctors foreseeing difficulties with his leg and little possibility of a dancing career. Chmerkovskiy recovered to become a professional Latin Ballroom dancer, with the details of his recovery presented on Celebrity Ghost Stories.
Chmerkovskiy owns four dance studios in greater New York City, including Rising Stars Dance Academy (RSDA). The other three studios are social dance studios located in Ridgefield, New Jersey, and Glen Head, New York, as well as the Soho neighborhood of Manhattan. He recently opened another studio in Stamford, Connecticut. He has been a resident of Edgewater, New Jersey.
Chmerkovskiy is one of the creators and directors of Dance Team USA, a non-profit educational and charitable organization dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and training future DanceSport participants. This sport is particularly popular with Eastern European families. Through his company Maksim Chmerkovskiy Productions, he organizes performances globally.
A ballroom and DanceSport choreographer, his professional work includes the Wynn Las Vegas's water-based show Le Rêve. He implemented ballroom-inspired numbers in the Franco Dragone production.
In February 2013, Chemerkovskiy announced his departure from Dancing with the Stars for Season 16 after several seasons of speculation. Maks returns to the ballroom on the fifth week of Season 16 for "Len's Side-By-Side Challenge", where he danced with 'Anna Trebunskaya' in an Argentine Tango with brother Val and his partner 'Zendaya' and in a Jive with 'Jacoby Jones' and his partner 'Karina Smirnoff'. On season 17, he returns to the ballroom during the semifinals as a guest judge.