Maksim Chmerkovskiy Biography

Maksim Chmerkovskiy is a Ukrainian-American Dancer, choreographer, Businessman, and instructor. On the show dancing with the stars, he was often referred to as The bad boy of the ballroom as he was seen for 15 years on the show. He has worked in many Broadway, theatre shows, and TV series.

Early Life

Maksim Chmerkovskiy was born on 17th January 1980 in Odesa, Ukraine. The names of his parents are Aleksandr Chmerkovskiy and Larisa Chmerkovskaya. He has a sibling whose name is Valentin Chmerkovskiy. At the age of 4, he started dancing and his parents enrolled him in a school of aesthetic education. Maksim pursued an aesthetic education. The aim of the school was to train children to become young gentlemen or ladies along with education including manners and ballroom dance. He has not shared details about his higher and further studies.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Career

In 1994 his family immigrated to Brooklyn, New York thus, he had a lot of options for his dancing career. At the age of 15, he started dancing in a local Russian Restaurant. Working as a dancer over there made him realize to participate in various competitions. From 2003 to 2005 he participated in various dance competitions. The names of the competitions were La Classique de Quebec, Ohio Star Ball Latin, All England, Philadelphia Dancesport Festival, Moscow Kremlin Cup, Nevada Star Ball, Manhattan Dancesport, and others. At the age of 16 in New Jersey, he opened a youth-oriented competitive dance studio named Rising Stars Dance Academy.

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From season 2- 25 he was seen performing on a reality show named dancing with the stars. His partners were Tia Carrere, Willa Ford, Laila Ali, Melanie Brown, Misty May- Treanor, Denise Richards, Debi Mazar, Erin Andrews, Brandy Norwood, Kirstie Alley, Hope Solo, Melissa Gilbert, Meryl Davis, Amber Rose, Heather Morris, and Vanessa Lachey. He has also performed and choreographed in various theater and Broadway projects. Some of the work was tilted as Le Reve, Ballroom with a twist, Burn the Floor, Sway: A Dance Trilogy, Forever Tango, Maks & Val Live on Tour, and many other works.  He was also seen in various TV series like The Cube hosted the show, H8R, The Exes, General Hospital, Fuller House, and other shows.

Recent Controversy

Recently he slammed Kirstie Alley his former partner on Dancing with the Stars. She posted a comment on the Russian-Ukraine war on her Twitter account which is now deleted. He has been trapped in the country’s capital Kyiv and has shared many updates about the situation on his social media. Kirstie posted

“ I don’t know what’s real or fake in this war. So I won’t be commenting. I’ll pray instead”.

In reply he mentioned

“ Dear Kirstie, We haven’t spoken in a while, but I clearly remember being right next to you while you were organizing trucks in aid during hurricane Sandy and I remember all that you were saying to me about situations where innocent are suffering. That same energy is needed right now. No one needs your prayer if you don’t know what’s real or fake”.

Social Media

Maksim is active on social media and updates about the situation in Ukraine. He also shares pictures of himself, traveling, and of him dancing with his partners. On his Twitter account, he has 597.3 thousand followers while on Instagram he has 1 million followers.

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Biography

Real Name Maksim Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy
Birth Date 17 January 1980
Age (as of 2022) 42 Years
Birth Place Odesa, Ukraine
Nationality Ukrainian
Profession Choreographer
Religion Judaism
Sun sign Capricorn

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 6’ 2” – in Centimeters – 188 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 87 kg  –  in Pounds –  192 lbs
Shoe Size 12 (U.S.)
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Light Brown
Body Type Athletic


Father Aleksandr Chmerkovskiy
Mother Larisa Chmerkovskaya
Brother Valentin Chmerkovskiy



Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Who is his wife? Peta Murgatroyd
Children Shai Aleksander Chmerkovskiy

Personal Life

In 2009 he was engaged to a DWTS pro named Karina Smirnoff for nine months. Later in 2012, he started dating Peta Murgatroyd a DWTS Pro for 10 months. He reunited in October 2014 and got engaged on 5th December 2015. It was known that he proposed Murgatroyd onstage for a performance of Sway: A Dance Trilogy in Miami, Florida. On 4th January 2017, they were blessed with a son named Shai Aleksander.  On 8th July 2017, he tied a knot with her at a private ceremony in Long Island, New York.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Net Worth

Maksim Chmerkovskiy has earned a lot as a professional choreographer. He has worked in reality shows, hosted a show, appeared as an actor in TV series, and owns a dance academy. According to sources his net worth has been estimated at around $8 million.

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  • He has a younger brother who is also a professional dancer.
  • He also showed interest in swimming, soccer, and tennis.
  • At the age of 13, he broke his right leg in a skiing accident and had a titanium rod put in to stabilize his leg. However, he recovered in 6 months.
  • Maksim also owns several social competitive dance studios under the brand Dance With Me which are mostly in New York Metropolitan area.
  • He choreographed for Zendaya’s music video named Neverland from a Broadway show named Finding Neverland.
  • Maksim starred as a Bachelor in the Ukrainian version of the dating reality series.
  • He was seen as a judge on Indian TV series named Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.

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