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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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Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- Do I Look Like JLo's Boyfriend?

Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Do I Look Like JLo's Boyfriend?

Maksim Chmerkovskiy wanted to make it skin clear -- he's NOT JLo's newest accessory.Maksim was all over the Hamptons during the 4th weekend -- hitting up Nammos on Friday night and The Surf… READ MORE >

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Is Totally With Jennifer Lopez … Maybe (VIDEO)

Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Totally With JLo … Maybe

Anyone who was banging Jennifer Lopez would shout it from the rooftops … unfortunately Maksim Chmerkovskiy is not just anyone. Our photog tried to confirm the rumors the two dancers were… READ MORE >

- 156 days ago
Maksim Chmerkovskiy on Jennifer Lopez -- 'It's Going Great'

Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Talking Jennifer Lopez ... 'It's Going Great'

Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced around the question ... is he banging Jennifer Lopez?We got Maksim in NYC and asked him about the pic we posted Monday ... showing him and JLo hanging out in Connecticut… READ MORE >

- 157 days ago
JLo and Maksim ... Hooking Up, Maybe

JLo and Maksim
Hooking Up, Maybe

Jennifer Lopez and Maksim Chmerkovskiy say they're just friends, but they could smell each others pheromones judging from this pic ... obtained by TMZ.JLo and Maksim were at the Foxwoods Casino in… READ MORE >

- 157 days ago
Dancing with the Stars -- $70,000 of Food Porn for Everyone ... Except Champs Maksim and Meryl

'Dancing with the Stars'
$70K of Food Porn for Everyone ... Except the Champs

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis from "Dancing with the Stars" are huge losers ... 'cause even though they won the disco ball thingy ... they missed out on a ridiculously… READ MORE >

- 191 days ago
'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 >

- 303 days ago
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 >

- 379 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 >

- 527 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 >

- 533 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 >

- 586 days ago

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