Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Ukrainian dancer and choreographer
Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Maksim Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy 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.
Biography
Maksim Chmerkovskiy's personal information overview.
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd open up about parenting
ABC News - 8 days
Murgatroyd gave birth to the couple's first child on Jan. 4.
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Calls Fatherhood the 'Ultimate Gift'
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His fiancee Peta Murgatroyd calls him the "best father."
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'DWTS' Pro Gets Real About 'Looking 5 Months Pregnant' After Giving Birth
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Peta Murgatroyd is over the unrealistic expectations for new moms. On Monday, the “Dancing with the Stars” pro posted a photo of her postpartum body on Instagram. According to the caption, she took the selfie just eight days after giving birth to baby Shai, her son with fiancé and fellow “DWTS” pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Real life: I took this photo 8 days post birth. I left the hospital looking 5 months pregnant. Many people think a woman should shrink right back to her pre-birth weight immediately. That is just not the truth for most. The female body is incredible and resilient, but healing and strengthening take time. Now it's time for patience and hard work. Lots of love to all the new mamas out there on the journey. #yesihaveascrunchieinmyhair #shaiiswortheverypound A photo posted by Peta Murgatroyd (@petamurgatroyd) on Jan 15, 2017 at 1:05pm PST ”I left the hospital looking 5 months pregnant,” Murgatroyd wrote in the caption. “Many people thin ...
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Opens Up About Fatherhood, 'I'm the Happiest Person'
ABC News - about 1 month
The pro dancer also explained why he hasn't posted a photo of his newborn.
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy & Peta Murgatroyd Welcome Baby: Their Road to Parenthood - E! Online
Google News - about 2 months
E! Online Maksim Chmerkovskiy & Peta Murgatroyd Welcome Baby: Their Road to Parenthood E! Online Dancing With the Stars is indirectly responsible for Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd's greatest gift. The longtime dance pros and show rivals welcomed their first child, a boy, on Wednesday in New York City. They named their son Shai Aleksander ... Peta Murgatroyd & Maksim Chmerkovskiy Welcome First Child!The Hollywood Gossip DWTS Pros Peta Murgatroyd & Maksim Chmerkovskiy Welcome Their First Child! Find Out The Baby's Name!PerezHilton.com It's a boy for 'DWTS' pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta MurgatroydUSA TODAY Us Weekly -Los Angeles Times -Wetpaint -ABC News all 99 news articles »
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd Get 'Kicked Out' of Lamaze Class
ABC News - 3 months
The professional dancer said Murgatroyd was the "worst student in class."
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy says he has 'zero interest' in returning to 'DWTS'
Fox News - 4 months
Maksim Chmerkovskiy is REALLY not into competing on "DWTS" next season.....
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Amber Rose Truly Outdid Herself On 'Dancing With The Stars' With This 'Game Of Thrones' Routine
Huffington Post - 5 months
Take THAT protester who crashed Ryan Lochte’s first “Dancing with the Stars” performance. Never one to be upstaged by a dude with charisma levels bordering on non-existent, Amber Rose and her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, dressed as Khaleesi and Khal Drogo on “DWTS” Monday night for the Viennese waltz with a “Game of Thrones” twist. Tasked with choreographing a number inspired by classic songs from television, the duo went all in with an unintentionally hilarious performance set to the theme of the HBO fantasy series. Rose, a natural choice for Khaleesi, donned the character’s signature platinum locks and fully embodied the mother of dragons’ complex feelings toward the deceased Dothraki warlord.  In the end, however, the judges awarded the couple a dismal 24/40, which should honestly be a crime punishable by the “GoT” rat bucket.  Watch a clip of the performance below:  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use ...
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Cheryl Burke Reveals Ryan Lochte Suffered Ankle Injury When Protester Was Tackled on Dancing with the Stars - People Magazine
Google News - 5 months
People Magazine Cheryl Burke Reveals Ryan Lochte Suffered Ankle Injury When Protester Was Tackled on Dancing with the Stars People Magazine Dancing with the Stars' Cheryl Burke has returned to the reality dance competition she first joined in 2006, and she's blogging about season 23 exclusively for PEOPLE. Follow Burke and her partner Ryan Lochte, both 32, on Twitter! Following an incident ... Cheryl Burke Releases Statement Following Ryan Lochte Ambush on Dancing With the StarsE! Online 'Dancing With the Stars' Cast Reacts to Ryan Lochte Protest: Derek Hough, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and MoreUs Weekly 'Dancing With the Stars' Re-Evaluating Security Following Ryan Lochte IncidentHollywood Reporter USA TODAY -PerezHilton.com -ESPN -The Hollywood Gossip all 1,093 news articles »
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WATCH: 'DWTS': Maksim Chmerkovskiy Makes a Big Announcement on 'GMA'
ABC News - 6 months
The "Dancing With the Stars" pro dancer is live in Times Square with an exciting season 23 revelation!
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'Dancing With the Stars' pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd expecting first child
LATimes - 8 months
"Dancing With The Stars" pros and engaged couple Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are happily expecting their first child together.  "I can't wait to provide this baby with the tools to become a beautiful, kind person," Chmerkovskiy, 36, told People. "And they'll have the best sneaker collection."...
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Maks Chmerkovskiy to Judge 'Dancing With the Stars'
ABC News - 11 months
The former contestant will make a special guest judging appearance.
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Photos: Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd Celebrate New Year's on the Beach
ABC News - about 1 year
Stars heat up the beach and pool in their barely-there swimwear.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Maksim Chmerkovskiy
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 36
    On August 25, 2016, following the circulation of a reportedly new photo of Chmerkovskiy in costume for DWTS, Chmerkovskiy confirmed his return to the show in an appearance on Good Morning America.
    More Details Hide Details Season 23 is Chmerkovskiy's first as a competing pro since winning the competition in season 18. The full cast was officially announced on August 30, at which point ABC confirmed Chmerkovskiy will partner model Amber Rose. For season 17, he was a guest judge during the semifinals in Week 10. Chmerkovskiy returned to the ballroom as a guest judge during Week 5 of Season 21. Chmerkovskiy again returned to the judge's desk in Week 5 of Season 22, switch-up week. Chmerkovskiy's fiancee, Peta Murgatroyd, was among the competing pros that week.
    On June 29, 2016, Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd confirmed they are expecting their first child in January 2017.
    More Details Hide Details The couple learned Murgatroyd was pregnant during Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars, which she would go on to win. Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd plan to marry in July 2017.
    In 2016, Chmerkovskiy and his brother, Valentin, both made cameo appearances in the Netflix series Fuller House, a reboot of the sitcom Full House.
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    On February 12, 2016, Maksim announced plans for a 45 city live tour with his younger brother, Valentin.
    More Details Hide Details The tour, titled Maks & Val Live On Tour: Our Way, began on June 15, 2016. The show is autobiographical and tells the story of the brothers' lives through dance. In addition to his choreography on Dancing with the Stars and La Reve, Chmerkovskiy has worked as a cheorographer on other projects. Chmerkovskiy choreographed a commercial for Propel water. Chmerkovskiy provided choreography for Zendaya's music video for the song "Neverland" from Broadway's Finding Neverland.
  • 2015
    Age 35
    Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd became engaged on December 5, 2015, when he proposed while onstage for a performance of Sway: A Dance Trilogy in Miami, Florida.
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  • 2014
    Age 34
    Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd reunited in October 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Murgatroyd also publicly confirmed the couple's reunion telling Radar Online, "is the most generous man I have ever met and I’m very happy."
  • 2012
    Age 32
    In 2012 Chmerkovskiy began dating another DWTS pro, Peta Murgatroyd, but the relationship ended in 2013 after 10 months.
    More Details Hide Details He was also in a "serious" relationship with model Kate Upton later that year.
    As of 2012, he hosts the Ukrainian version of the game show The Cube.
    More Details Hide Details Chmerkovskiy has also appeared as a judge on "Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa", the India's version of Dancing with the Stars. On January 28, 2014, he appeared in a music video with country musician Stacy Burk. The video was shot at the JMJ Ranch in Thousand Oaks, California, and directed by Dave West. Chmerkovskiy is one of the creators and directors of Dance Team USA, a nonprofit educational and charitable organization dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and training future DanceSport participants. Chmerkovskiy's native language is Russian, but he can understand a little Ukrainian. Chmerkovskiy did not speak English when he moved to the United States. He says he learned English from reading street signs in Brooklyn. Chmerkovskiy primarily lives in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Chmerkovskiy and his brother Val adopted an English bulldog in 2010.
  • 2011
    Age 31
    The show made Chmerkovskiy the second most searched person on Google in the Ukraine for 2011, behind only Steven Jobs.
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    In 2011, Chmerkovskiy starred as "The Bachelor" in the Ukrainian version of the dating reality series.
    More Details Hide Details He later told a Ukrainian newspaper that he regretted doing the show, saying, "This kind of project is not for me."
  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 29
    He was engaged to fellow DWTS pro and Ukranian Karina Smirnoff for nine months in 2009.
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    In 2009, he participated in the ABC sport show called "The Superstars" and was paired with Freestyle Skier Kristi Leskinen.
    More Details Hide Details They won the competition. Chmerkovskiy appeared on three episodes of General Hospital in March 2013 playing the role of Anton Ivanov, who dances with Kelly Monaco's character Sam Morgan during the Nurses' Ball.
    Chmerkovskiy returned to Burn the Floor in November 2009 through January 2010, this time he partnered with Kym Johnson.
    More Details Hide Details From July 9 to August 18, 2013, he starred in "Forever Tango", a Broadway musical, dancing and performing onstage with former dance colleague Karina Smirnoff. 2014 was also the year when Chmerkovskiy started performing in Sway: A Dance Trilogy in Westbury, New York. Chmerkovskiy credits his father Sasha with the idea for Sway. Sway is a live ballroom dance show starring Maksim, his brother Valentin, and Tony Dovolani. The show also features other professional dancers from Dancing with the Stars, So You think You Can Dance, and dance instructors from Chmerkovskiy's Dance with Me studios. A few celebrities from Dancing with the Stars have appeared in the production as well. Sway is primarily broken into three distinct sections: a smooth, 40's nightclub inspired section featuring Dovolani, an urban and hip-hop influenced section featuring Val, and finally a more Latin and Miami oriented section featuring Maksim.
    Chmerkovskiy was a dancer in the Broadway production Burn the Floor when it opened on July 25, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Chmerkovskiy was partnered with Karina Smirnoff for the first three weeks of the show's Broadway run, leaving to return to Dancing with the Stars. The pair learned their choreography for the production in just two days.
  • 2008
    Age 28
    Chmerkovskiy choreographed and performed in the Dancing with the Stars Tour 2008-2009 winter tour.
    More Details Hide Details The tour kicked off on December 17, 2008 and was scheduled to stop in 34 cities. In the summer of 2014, Chmerkovskiy appeared in multiple performances of the touring dance show "Ballroom with a Twist."
    His professional work includes choreographing for the Wynn Las Vegas's water-based show Le Rêve. By 2008, Chmerkovskiy's contribution to Le Rêve included choreographing three numbers: “Tango”, “Paso Doble” and “Piece Montèe”.
    More Details Hide Details In 2014 Chmerkovskiy returned to Le Rêve to choreograph for a new scene as part of a $3 million upgrade to the production.
  • 2007
    Age 27
    Chmerkovskiy returned to Dancing with the Stars in March 2007 for Season 4, his time partnered with boxer Laila Ali.
    More Details Hide Details 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 the couple received second place. Following the season 5 finale, Chmerkovskiy reportedly told TV Guide Magazine he would not be returning to the show, something he later told People Magazine he had announced his departure because of stress. Chmerkovskiy did not compete in Season 6, although he and former partner Melanie Brown made an appearance for the 100th episode. He returned for the show's seventh 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. During a practice for their jive, May-Treanor ruptured her Achilles tendon and required surgery. Her withdrawal gave them a finish in 10th place.
  • 2001
    Age 21
    In 2001, Chmerkovskiy had his first major success as an instructor when he helped his brother, Valentin, then 16, and Diana Olonetskaya, 15—became the first U.S. dance pair to win a world junior championship.
    More Details Hide Details Chmerkovskiy also taught Serge Onik, a dancer who appeared on the eleventh season of So You Think You Can Dance in 2014, where Onik was eliminated just outside the top 10. In addition to Rising Stars, Chmerkovskiy owns several social and competitive dance studios under the brand "Dance With Me." Most are in the New York metropolitan area. Chmerkovskiy competed as a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars for fourteen seasons. He was often referred to as "the bad boy of the ballroom." Chmerkovskiy first appeared in the second season of the ABC series Dancing with the Stars partnered with actress Tia Carrere. The pair's most successful dance was their tango. They finished in sixth place. The following season, he and partner singer Willa Ford came in seventh place.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Age 0
    Chmerkovskiy was born January 17, 1980, in Odessa, Ukrainian SSR to parents Aleksandr "Sasha" Chmerkovskiy and Larisa Chmerkovskaya.
    More Details Hide Details He has a younger brother, Valentin Chmerkovskiy (born 1986), who is also a professional dancer. His father is Jewish and his mother is Christian, and he has described himself as Jewish. He began dancing at age 4 when Chmerkovskiy's parents enrolled him a school of aesthetic education. The aim of the school was to train children to become young gentlemen or ladies, and the education included manners and ballroom dance. He eventually began competing in ten-dance, which includes both ballroom and Latin dances. As a child Chmerkovskiy also participated in tennis, soccer, and swimming. At age 13, he broke his right leg in a skiing accident and had a titanium rod put in to stabilize his leg. Doctors foresaw long-term difficulties and little possibility of a dancing career; however, he recovered and was dancing again six months later.
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