Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Maksim Chmerkovskiy was introduced to the world of ballroom dancing at an early age when his parents brought him to a local ballroom dance school in Odessa, Ukraine. He quickly excelled in ballroom dance and the school ... Read more »
Born: 01/17/1980

Filmography

Actor (11)

Chasing Life 2014 (Tv Show)

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Dancing With the Stars 2005 - 2014 (Tv Show)

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Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Exes 2012 (Tv Show)

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Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Dancing With the Stars: The Encore 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

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Dancing With the Stars: The Story So Far 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

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H8R 2011 (Tv Show)

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2007 NCLR Alma Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Maksim Chmerkovskiy was introduced to the world of ballroom dancing at an early age when his parents brought him to a local ballroom dance school in Odessa, Ukraine. He quickly excelled in ballroom dance and the school became his home away from home. As a teenager, he suffered a horrible skiing accident that nearly ripped his leg off, leaving him hospitalized for months. After many surgeries and the insertion of a 12" metal rod, doctors were skeptical that Chmerkovskiy would ever walk without a limp, let alone dance. After completing months of physical therapy, he was back on his own two feet walking, running, and dancing. Soon after, he established himself as the top dancer in Ukraine. In 1994, the entire Chmerkovskiy family moved to Brooklyn, NY in order to start a new life and to give Maks and Val (Maks' brother) a better atmosphere to grow and succeed in. The vision of the American Dream and his passion for ballroom dancing gave Chmerkovskiy the strength to fight through all of the obstacles that faced him and his family. He worked countless hours on his dancing and soon emerged as one of the best dancers in the world.

Relationships

Karina Smirnoff Actor

Companion
Both appeared as professional competitors on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" Began dating in summer 2008 Announced engagement on Dec. 31, 2008 Broke up in September 2009

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