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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 -- 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 >

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 >

- 861 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 >

- 939 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 >

- 962 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 >

- 989 days ago
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 >

- 1035 days ago
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 >

- 1299 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 >

- 1361 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 >

- 1367 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 >

- 1368 days ago

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