Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Quick Facts:

Full Name: Maksim Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy
Age: 32
Dance Style: Latin
Nationality: Ukranian
Height: 6'2"


Born on January 17, 1980, in Odessa, in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic of the former USSR, Chmerkovskiy began dancing at the age of four. His parents are Aleksandr and Larisa Chmerkovskiy. His brother, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, is also a champion dancer.

Makim's journey to being a dance champ has been an uphill climb.  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 dancing might not be possible. However, he was able to make a successful recovery and went on to become a professional Latin Ballroom dancer.

DWTS Data:

On Dancing with the Stars, he is often referred to as "the bad boy of the ballroom".  Known for his bold moves and even bolder mouth, he's the one we love to hate and hate to love. Thanks to his pretty face and sculpted bod, Maks sure is easy on the eyes —  and don't think he won't use that to his advantage! "I know my assets so I don't have a problem opening my shirt," the dancer says. "I notice women looking at my chest all the time. If you want to look at my chest, go ahead." Yes, please!

Beyond DWTS:

Chmerkovskiy is the owner of three dance studios in the New York City area, one of which is the Rising Stars Dance Academy (RSDA). The other two studios are social dance studios located in Ridgefield, NJ and Glen Head, NY.

Chmerkovskiy is one of the creators and directors of “Dance Team USA”, a non-profit educational and charitable organization dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and training future DanceSport participants. This sport is particularly popular with Eastern European families. Through his company “Maksim Chmerkovskiy Productions”, Chmerkovskiy organizes performances globally.

Chmerkovskiy resides in Edgewater, New Jersey, with his all white English Bulldog Sir Sleepalot (a.k.a. Sleep). He began dating a fellow Dancing With the Stars dancer, Karina Smirnoff, in the summer of 2008. The couple announced their engagement on December 31, 2008, but later broke off their engagement.


  • 2005 Yankee Classic Professional Latin Champion
  • 2004 Manhattan Dancesport Professional Latin Champion
  • 2003 Ohio Star Ball Latin Champion
  • Ranked 2nd in the US

Performance Roundup on DWTS:

Season 2: Tia Carrere (Finished 6th)
Season 3: Willa Ford (Finished 7th)
Season 4: Laila Ali (Finished 3rd)
Season 5: Mel B (Runner up)
Season 7: Misty May-Treanor (Finished 10th (wd) )     
Season 8: Denise Richards (Finished 12th)
Season 9: Debi Mazar (Finished 12th)
Season 10: Erin Andrews (Finished 3rd)
Season 11: Brandy Norwood (Finished 4th)
Season 12: Kirstie Alley (Runner up)
Season 13: Hope Solo (Finished 4th)

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