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Maksim (Maks) Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy (, Maksym Oleksándrovych ?merkovs?kyj, ; ; born January 17, 1980) is a Ukrainian Latin Ballroom dance champion, choreographer, and instructor. He is best 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 his twelve appearances on the show, Chmerkovskiy has made it to the final round four times, with two runner-up and two third place finishes.

Early life

Born on January 17, 1980, 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. Chmerkovskiy's Ukrainian heritage was referenced on an episode of Dancing with the Stars.

The challenges of immigration for Chmerkovskiy and his family included financial and language barriers. A skiing accident as a child broke Chmerkovskiy's right leg. Doctors informed him that there would be difficulties with his leg and that dancing might not be possible. He made a successful recovery and went on to become a professional Latin Ballroom dancer. The details of his recovery were revealed on Celebrity Ghost Stories.

Chmerkovskiy owns four dance studios in the New York City area, one of which is the 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 very recently opened yet 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, among his professional works is the Wynn Las Vegas's water-based show Le Rêve. He implemented ballroom-inspired numbers in the Franco Dragone production.

Dancing with the Stars

Season Partner Place
2 Tia Carrere 6th
3 Willa Ford 7th
4 Laila Ali 3rd
5 Melanie Brown 2nd
6 None N/A
7 Misty May-Treanor
8 Denise Richards
9 Debi Mazar
10 Erin Andrews 3rd
11 Brandy 4th
12 Kirstie Alley 2nd
13 Hope Solo 4th
14 Melissa Gilbert 5th
15 Kirstie Alley 7th
Chmerkovskiy first appeared in the 2nd season of the ABC series Dancing with the Stars partnered with actress Tia Carrere. They finished in sixth place. The following season, he and partner singer Willa Ford came in seventh place. Chmerkovskiy returned to Dancing with the Stars in March 2007 for Season 4, his time partnered with boxer Laila Ali, the daughter of Muhammad Ali. They made it to the finals and finished in third place. In Season 5 of Dancing with the Stars, he was partnered with Melanie Brown and had his best finish to date; the couple received second place. Chmerkovskiy did not participate in Season 6, although he and former partner Melanie Brown made an appearance for the 100th episode.

He returned for the show's 7th season, this time paired with two-time Olympic volleyball gold medalist, Misty May-Treanor. Chmerkovskiy and May-Treanor were forced to withdraw from the competition in Week 3 on October 6, 2008. During a practice for their jive, May-Treanor ruptured her Achilles tendon and required surgery. Her withdrawal gave them a finish in tenth place.

On February 9, 2009, on Good Morning America it was announced that he would be paired with Denise Richards for the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars. They were eliminated second in the competition, on March 24, 2009, giving the pair a finish of 12th place. In the ninth season, he was paired with actress Debi Mazar, during which they were eliminated 4th. In season 10, Chmerkovskiy, returning for his 8th season, was partnered with Erin Andrews. They ended up coming in 3rd place during the two-hour finale on May 25, 2010.

For season 11, Chmerkovskiy partnered with singer and actress, Brandy. They made it to the semi-finals but were eliminated on November 16, 2010, giving them a 4th place finish. For Season 12, he was paired with actress Kirstie Alley. On week 3, his leg gave out causing her to fall heavily on him, earning 21 out of 30. The next week, Alley's shoe fell off during their routine. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba called Alley The Queen of the Unexpected Mishap; they earned 22 out of a possible score of 30. They made it to the finals and finished in second place.

For season 13, he was partnered with Hope Solo and they finished in 4th place. In Solo's book, A Memoir of Hope, she wrote that Chmerkovskiy treated her roughly, once slapping her during a rehearsal.

For season 14, he was partnered with actress Melissa Gilbert. In week 4, while performing the paso doble, Gilbert hit her head on the dance floor and suffered a mild concussion. She was rushed to the hospital and was unable to be at the results show the following night due to recovering. The couple was called safe. Chmerkovskiy also suffered an injury. He pulled a muscle in his shoulder. However, he told host Tom Bergeron on the results show that he was okay. The couple was eliminated four weeks later, finishing in 5th place. Making this the 4th time that he was eliminated after dancing a samba.

For season 15, which is an All-Stars season, Maksim returned to the dance floor with previous partner, Kirstie Alley. In week 1, Alley received the lowest score, which is 19.0 out of a possible 30. In week 3, Alley and Chmerkovskiy danced a Cha-Cha-Cha and try to make it iconic as Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya's Cha-Cha-Cha back in season 13, they scored 17 out of a possible 30. Alley and Chmerkovskiy earned 24.0 out of a possible 30. They picked a Disco for Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel to dance next week, and Bryan and Amstel chose the Charleston for Alley and Chmerkovskiy. Alley dropped to the floor, and Chmerkovskiy had an expression. For the dance, the couple fell to the bottom of the leaderboard with 30.0 out of a possible 40. Alley and Chmerkovskiy, season 3 Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke, and season 1 Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy were all joined in the Gangnam Style freestyle team by season 8 runner-up Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd. Alley and Chmerkovskiy along with the other members received 27.0 out of 30, making their grand total 52.5 out of a possible 60. Then Alley and Chmerkovskiy, in the group country-western, they gained the two bonus points. While picking for season 15 champion Melissa Rycroft and her partner Tony Dovolani, when Chmerkovskiy picked a Tango-Cha-Cha-Cha fusion, Alley spanked Chmerkovskiy. Season 4 champion Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff chose a Quickstep-Samba fusion for Alley and Chmerkovskiy. The couple scored 24 out of a possible 30. For the swing marathon, they were eliminated first, making their total 28 out of 40. For the next week, Tristan MacManus joined the couple in their trio paso doble, but the couple received 79 out of a possible 100, leaving them 11.5 points a drift at the bottom of the leaderboard, and they were eliminated, alongside Marini and Murgatroyd, who would've danced a "Mad Monk" Merengue, chosen by Ohno and Smirnoff, if they weren't eliminated, finishing them in 7th and 6th respectively.

Dancing With the Stars performances

  • Season 2 - With celebrity partner: Tia Carrere (Average - 23.0) (Placed: 6th)
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Waltz / "What a Wonderful World" 6 7 7 Bottom Two
2 Rumba / "Emotion" 7 8 7 Safe
3 Tango / "Por Una Cabeza" 9 8 9 Safe
4 Foxtrot / "Dream a Little Dream of Me" 9 8 8 Bottom Two
5 Samba / "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"
Group Salsa / "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You"
7
No
7
Scores
8
Given
Eliminated
  • Season 3 - With celebrity partner: Willa Ford (Average - 24.4) (Placed: 7th)
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "True" 7 7 8 Safe
2 Mambo / "Get Busy" 7 8 8 Bottom Two
3 Jive / "SOS" 7 7 8 Safe
4 Waltz / "You Light Up My Life" 9 9 10 Safe
5 Rumba / "Every Breath You Take" 9 9 9 Eliminated
  • Season 4 - With celebrity partner: Laila Ali (Average - 27.0) (Placed: 3rd)
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" 7 8 8 No Elimination
2 Mambo / "Maracaibo Oriental" 9 9 9 Safe
3 Tango / "Goldfinger" 7 7 7 Safe
4 Paso Doble / "Les Toreadors" 7 7 7 Safe
5 Rumba / "Put Your Records on" 9 10 9 Safe
6 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Hold on, I'm Comin'"
Swing / "Rock This Town"
9
No
9
Scores
10
Given
Safe
7 Quickstep / "Part-Time Lover"
Samba / "Brazil"
10
10
9
10
10
10
Safe
8 Waltz / "May Each Day"
Jive / "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown"
9
9
9
8
9
9
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Quickstep / "Walk Like an Egyptian"
Cha-Cha-Cha / "She's A Lady"
10
10
10
10
10
10
Safe
10
Finals
Paso Doble / "España Cani"
Freestyle / "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)"
Mambo / "Maracaibo Oriental"
10
9
10
9
8
10
10
9
10
Third Place
  • Season 5 - With celebrity partner: Mel B (Average - 27.6) (Placed: 2nd)
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "A Deeper Love" 8 8 8 Safe
2 Quickstep / "Take on Me" 7 8 8 Safe
3 Jive / "Sweet Soul Music" 9 9 9 Safe
4 Viennese Waltz / "Breakaway" 8 9 9 Bottom Two
5 Samba / "Spice Up Your Life" 10 9 10 Safe
6 Rumba / "A Woman's Worth"
Rock 'n' Roll / "Rockin' Robin"
10
No
10
Scores
10
Given
Safe
7 Foxtrot / "Jimmy Mack"
Paso Doble / "Free Your Mind"
8
10
8
10
8
10
Safe
8 Tango / "Personal Jesus"
Mambo / "Mambo Jambo"
9
9
9
10
9
10
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Viennese Waltz / "Somebody to Love"
Paso Doble / "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
10
10
10
10
10
10
Safe
10
Finals
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Car Wash"
Freestyle / "The Way I Are"
Mambo / "Mambo Jambo"
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
Runner Up
  • Season 7 - With celebrity partner: Misty May-Treanor (Average - 21.0) (Placed: 10th)
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)"
Mambo / "Black Mambo"
6
7
8
7
7
7
Safe
2 Paso Doble / "Take Me Out" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Jive / "Shake It" Suffered An Injury Withdrew
  • Season 8 - With celebrity partner: Denise Richards (Average - 18.3) (Placed: 12th)
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Nothin' but a Good Time" 6 6 6 No Elimination
2 Quickstep / "We Go Together" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Samba / "Take a Picture" 5 6 5 Eliminated
  • Season 9 - With celebrity partner: Debi Mazar (Average - 18.0) (Placed: 12th)
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Salsa / "Complicacion"
Foxtrot Relay / "The Best is Yet to Come"
6
Awarded
5
6
5
Points
Safe
2 Tango / "El Tango de Roxanne" 7 7* 7 Bottom Two
3 Samba / "Love Is in the Air" 6 5 6 Eliminated
  • Season 10 - With celebrity partner: Erin Andrews (Average - 24.6) (Placed: 3rd)
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Tik Tok" 7 7 7 No Elimination
2 Foxtrot / "Love Story" 8 7 8 Safe
3 Waltz / "See the Day" 8 7 8 Safe
4 Tango / "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" 6/7 6/7 6/7 Safe
5 Jive / "You Never Can Tell" 7 7 8 Safe
6 Samba / "When I Get You Alone"
Swing Marathon / "In the Mood"
9
Awarded
7
9
9
Points
Safe
7 Team Cha-Cha-Cha / "Holiday"
Quickstep / "Dancin' Fool"
8
9
8
9
8
9
Bottom Two
8 Argentine Tango / "Una Musica Brutal"
Rumba / "Missing You"
9
8
10
8
9
9
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Viennese Waltz / "February Song"
Paso Doble / "U Got the Look"
9
10
9
9
9
10
Last to Be Called Safe
10
Finals
Samba / "Mi Swing Es Tropical"
Freestyle / "Alone"
Argentine Tango / "Una Musica Brutal"
10
9
Awarded
10
8
26
9
9
Points
Third Place
  • Season 11 - With celebrity partner: Brandy (Average - 26.0) (Placed: 4th)
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Viennese Waltz / "Cry Me Out" 7 8 8 Safe
2 Jive / "Magic" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Samba / "Put It in a Love Song" 8 8 8 Safe
4 Rumba / "This Woman's Work" 7/9 8/8 7/9 Safe
5 Quickstep / "I'll Be There for You" 9 9 9 Safe
6 Tango / "Holding Out for a Hero"
Rock N' Roll Marathon / "La Grange"
8
Awarded
9
10
9
Points
Safe
7 Team Cha-Cha-Cha / "Bust A Move"
Foxtrot / "Fever"
9
9/9
9
10
9
9
Safe
8 Waltz / "Dark Waltz"
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Teenage Dream"
9
9
10
9
10
10
Last to be Called Safe
9
Semi-finals
Paso Doble / "Firework"
Argentine Tango / "Taquito Militar"
9
10
9
10
9
10
Eliminated
  • Season 12 - With celebrity partner: Kirstie Alley (Average - 24.6) (Placed: 2nd)
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Forget You" 8 7 8 No Elimination
2 Quickstep / "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" 7 6 7 Safe
3 Rumba / "Over the Rainbow" 7 7 7 Safe
4 Waltz / "The Flower Duet" 7 7 8 Safe
5 Foxtrot / "American Woman" 8 7 8 Safe
6 Samba / "Baby One More Time" 8 9 9 Safe
7 Team Cha-Cha-Cha / "We R Who We R"
Jive / "La Bamba"
7/7
9/7
8
6
8
8
Safe
8 Argentine Tango / "Cite Tango"
Salsa / "Cobrastyle"
9
8
9
9
10
8
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Viennese Waltz / "One and Only"
Paso Doble / "White Room"
Winner Take All Cha-Cha-Cha / "Walkin' on the Sun"
9
9
Lost
9
9
This
9
9
Event
Last to Be Called Safe
10
Finals
Samba / "Magalenha"
Freestyle / "Perfect"
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Forget You"
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
Runner Up
  • Season 13 - With celebrity partner: Hope Solo (Average- 23.3) (Placed: 4th)
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Viennese Waltz / "Satellite" 7 7 7 Safe
2 Jive / "Girlfriend" 6 7 6 Safe
3 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Tonight I'm Lovin' You" 8 8 8 Last to Be Called Safe
4 Foxtrot / "You've Got a Friend in Me" 8 8 8 Safe
5 Tango / "Livin' on a Prayer" 8 8 8 Last to Be Called Safe
6 Rumba / "Seasons of Love"
Broadway / "Big Spender" & "Money Money"
7
No
6
Scores
7
Given
Last to Be Called Safe
7 Samba / "Werewolves of London"
Team Paso Doble / "Bring Me to Life"
8
9
8
8
8
9
Safe
8 Quickstep / "Valerie"
Instant Jive / "The Best Damn Thing"
9
8
9
9
9
8
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Paso Doble / "Can't Be Tamed"
Argentine Tango / "Whatever Lola Wants"
Cha-Cha-Cha Relay / "I Like How It Feels"
7
8
Awarded
7
8
4
7
8
Points
Eliminated
  • Season 14 - With celebrity partner: Melissa Gilbert (Average- 22.9) (Placed: 5th)
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" 7 6 7 No Elimination
2 Quickstep / "Dancing with Myself" 7 6 7 Safe
3 Jive / "Dog Days Are Over" 8 8 8 Safe
4 Paso Doble / "Conquest" 7 8 7 Safe
5 Salsa / "Aguanile" 7 7 7 Safe
6 Viennese Waltz / "Ooh Baby Baby"
Motown Marathon / "Nowhere to Run"
8
Awarded
8
6
8
Points
Safe
7 Argentine Tango / "Marriage of Figaro"
Team Paso Doble / "O Fortuna"
7
9
7
8
7
9
Safe
8 Foxtrot / "Maggie May"
Samba (Trio Challenge) / "Hard to Handle"
8
9
8
9
8
9
Eliminated
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Set Fire to the Rain" 6.5 6 6.5 Safe
2 Jive / "Non Non Rien N'a Changé" 7.0 7.0 7.0 Safe
3 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Moves like Jagger" 8.0 8.0 8.0 Safe
4 Charleston / "42nd Street" 7.5 7.5 7.5* / 7.5 Bottom Two
5 Quickstep /Mrs. Robinson
Team Freestyle (Gilles) / Gangnam Style
8.5
9.0
8.5
9.0
8.5
9.0
No Elimination
6 Rumba / "Home"
Group Country Western / "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)"
& "I Play Chicken with a Train"
9.5
Awarded
8.5
2
9.5
Points
Safe
7 Quickstep & Samba / "Sir Duke"
Swing Marathon / "Do Your Thing"
8.0
Awarded
8.0
4
8.0
Points
No Elimination
8 Viennese Waltz / "Hallelujah"
Paso Doble (Trio Challenge) / "Bring Me to Life"
9.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
Eliminated
^The additional score of 7.5 was awarded by guest judge Paula Abdul.

Dancing titles

  • 2005 Yankee Classic Professional Latin Champion
  • 2005 Blackpool Dance Festival Semi-Finalist
  • 2004 Manhattan Dancesport Professional Latin Champion
  • 2004 Nevada Star Ball Champion
  • 2004 World Masters Finalist
  • 2004 Moscow Kremlin Cup Finalist
  • 2004 Philadelphia Dancesport Festival Champion
  • 2003 All England Champion
  • 2003 Ohio Star Ball Latin Champion
  • 2003 La Classique du Quebec Champion


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Other activities

In 2011 Chmerkovskiy starred as "The Bachelor" in the Ukrainian version of the dating reality series.

As of 2012, he hosts the Ukrainian version of the game show The Cube.

Chmerkovskiy along with Tony Dovolani and Valentin Chmerkovskiy opened Dance with Me Studio in Stamford, CT on April 16, 2012. The Stamford location is the fourth in the chain and the first in Connecticut started by Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Valentin Chmerkovskiy and their partners. The other studios are in Ridgefield, N.J., Long Island, N.Y., and Soho, N.Y.



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