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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 -- Screw the Rumors ... I'm Returning to 'Dancing with the Stars'

Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Screw the Rumors ... I'm Returning to 'Dancing'

Despite rumors he's quitting ... TMZ has learned, "Dancing with the Stars" pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy is COMING BACK TO THE SHOW -- and we got the video to prove it!!!Maksim touched down in LAX… READ MORE >

Mark & Maksim -- Dancing with the Abs

Mark & Maksim
Dancing with the Abs

"Dancing with the Stars" booty shakers Mark Ballas, 25, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 31, both showed off their smooth, ripped & tatted core moves in Vegas this weekend.They both scored a perfect… READ MORE >

- 1048 days ago
Maksim DROPS Kirstie Alley on 'Dancing'

Maksim
DROPS Kirstie Alley on 'Dancing'

Yep ... it happened. Kirstie Alley had to pick herself up off the ground last night after Maksim Chmerkovskiy suffered a "charlie horse" type pain that made his leg give out. Kirstie eventually… READ MORE >

- 1110 days ago
'Dancing' Comes Through STRONG for VIP Fan

'Dancing'
Comes Through STRONG for VIP Fan

Everything went according to plan for Maksim Chmerkovskiy Monday -- because the special plans he organized for a fan dealing with cancer treatments went off without a hitch ... and TMZ has all the… READ MORE >

- 1116 days ago
'Dancing' Star Pulls MAJOR Strings for VIP Guest

'Dancing' Star Pulls MAJOR Strings for VIP Guest

Maksim Chmerkovskiy isn't just "making time" for a "Dancing with the Stars" fan who's going through cancer treatment -- he's hooking her up with the experience of a lifetime ... TMZ has learned.… READ MORE >

- 1118 days ago
New 'Dancing' Cast -- WWE Star, Rapper, Playmate

New 'Dancing' Cast
WWE Star, Rapper, Playmate

WWE star Chris Jericho is locked in for the next season of "Dancing with the Stars" ... along with Kirstie Alley, rapper Lil' Romeo, and Kendra Wilkinson ... TMZ has learned. So far, we've… READ MORE >

- 1146 days ago
Maksim vs. Evan vs. Tony: Who'd You Rather?

Maksim vs. Evan vs. Tony
Who'd You Rather?

While showing off their incredible tans -- dancers Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 30, Evan Lysacek, 25 and Tony Dovolani, 37, grinned for a photo while attending an after-party for "Dancing With the Stars."… READ MORE >

- 1264 days ago
'Sex Bomb' Explodes on 'Dancing With the Stars'

'Sex Bomb'
Explodes on 'Dancing With the Stars'

TMZ is blowing the lid off of the "Dancing with the Stars" premiere -- 'cause we know EVERY SINGLE THING that's set to go down on the show ... from songs to props and even EXPLOSIONS! BTW --… READ MORE >

- 1308 days ago
'Dancing' Stars -- Tea Bag for Two?!

'Dancing' Stars -- Tea Bag for Two?!

Before Tony Dovolani and Maksim Chmerkovskiy inject their brute masculinity into the "Dancing with the Stars" ballroom ... the duo takes part in a very secret ritual -- a little tea party. Sources… READ MORE >

- 1313 days ago
Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- How I Beat the Rap ...

Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- How I Beat the Rap ...

Maksim Chmerkovskiy admits he was driving like a speed demon when cops pulled him over in Hollywood last night -- but according to the "Dancing" star, that's not why he got in trouble.  We… READ MORE >

- 1425 days ago

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