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Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Maksim (Maks) Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy (Ukrainian: Максим Олекса́ндрович Чмерковський, Maksym Oleksándrovych Čmerkovsʹkyj, pronounced [mɑkˈsɪm olɛkˈsɑndroβ̞ɪtʃ ˈtʃmɛrkou̯sʲkɪj]; Russian: Максим Александрович Чмерковский; born January 17, 1980) is a Ukrainian-American 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. 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. His father is Jewish and his mother is Christian. 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

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'DWTS' Star Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- I'm a Skinny-Dipping Cowboy Now

Maksim Chmerkovskiy
I'm a Skinny-Dipping Cowboy Now

"Dancing with the Stars" isn't always where Hollywood careers go to die -- case in point ... "DWTS" alum Maksim Chmerkovskiy ... who just got his first big acting gig in a brand new country music… READ MORE >

Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- I'm Coming Back To 'DWTS'!

Maksim Chmerkovskiy
I'm Coming Back To 'DWTS'!

Maksim Chmerkovskiy has really big disco balls ... 'cause he's not only returning to "Dancing With the Stars" -- but he's going back with a bigger job ... TMZ has learned.According to our ballroom… READ MORE >

- 159 days ago
Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- The Kate Upton Mystery Solved

Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Kate Upton Mystery Solved

We now know what in the Hell Kate Upton was doing hanging out with "Dancing With the Stars" dude Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- and we're still not happy about it.As we previously (and jealously) reported… READ MORE >

- 306 days ago
Kate Upton & Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- WHAT THE HELL Is Going On Here?

Upton & Chmerkovskiy
WHAT THE HELL Is Going On Here?

Somebody's got some explaining to do ... because model Kate Upton and "Dancing with the Stars" pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy ... the most random two people ever ... left a restaurant together Monday… READ MORE >

- 313 days ago
Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- I Hurt My Moneymaker ... MY ANKLE!!!

Maksim Chmerkovskiy
I Hurt My Moneymaker ... MY ANKLE!!!

Even if Maksim Chmerkovskiy does want to dance with stars again, the Ukrainian pro needs ankle surgery before he can even consider a return to "Dancing with the Stars."As TMZ first reported,… READ MORE >

- 366 days ago
Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- I'm DONE with 'Dancing with the Stars'

Maksim Chmerkovskiy
I'm DONE with 'Dancing with the Stars'

Maksim Chmerkovskiy's days of sequin unitards are OVER ... 'cause TMZ has learned the Bad Boy of the Ballroom is officially leaving "Dancing with the Stars." Sources close to the production tell… READ MORE >

- 423 days ago
Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- Hope Solo is LYING ... I Never Slapped Her

Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Hope Solo is LYING ... I Never Slapped Her

Maksim Chmerkovskiy is adamant ... he NEVER slapped Hope Solo across the face behind the scenes at "Dancing with the Stars" ... despite allegations she made in her new book. TMZ has learned ...… READ MORE >

- 613 days ago
Maksim & Peta -- Dancing with Their Tongues

Maksim & Peta
Dancing with Their Tongues

"Dancing with the Stars" rump shakers Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd are real pros ... at sucking each other's faces.The rumored couple hit up XS nightclub in Las Vegas this past weekend… READ MORE >

- 691 days ago
'Dancing With the Stars' Brothers -- Maksim and Valentin FAIL at Furniture Moving

'DWTS' Bros Maks & Val
FAIL at Furniture Moving

Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy are used to squeezing into tight spots (cough, leotards) -- but after watching their hysterical attempt at moving furniture ... they should stick to… READ MORE >

- 714 days ago
Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- 'Dancing with the Stars' Exaggerated Melissa Gilbert's Injuries

Maksim Chmerkovskiy
'Dancing' Exaggerated Melissa's Injuries for Ratings

"Dancing with the Stars" pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- who was with Melissa Gilbert when she hit her head on the show yesterday -- is strongly insinuating ... "Dancing" producers conspired to… READ MORE >

- 741 days ago

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