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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Height, Weight, Age, Spouse, Facts, Biography

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Quick Info
Height 6 ft 2 in
Weight 87 kg
Date of Birth January 17, 1980
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Eye Color Light Brown

Maksim Chmerkovskiy is a Ukrainian-American choreographer, ballroom dance champion, and instructor who is best known for being one of the professional dancers on the TV series Dancing with the Stars. He won his first Dancing with the Stars title in May 2014 alongside ice dancer Meryl Davis. Maksim has also appeared in several Broadway productions of dance shows such as Forever Tango and Burn the Floor. He has won several dance competitions such as Yankee Classic Professional Latin Championship, Manhattan Dancesport Professional Latin Championship, Philadelphia Dancesport Festival Championship, and All England Championship.

Born Name

Maksim Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy

Nick Name


Sun Sign


Born Place

Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union



Dancer, choreographer, instructor


  • Father – Aleksandr Chmerkovskiy
  • Mother – Larisa Chmerkovskiy
  • Siblings – Valentin Chmerkovskiy (Younger Brother) (Dance Champion)


Maksim is signed to these talent agencies –

  • Rebel Entertainment Partners
  • Grinya Talent Agency




6 ft 2 in or 188 cm


87 kg or 192 pounds

Girlfriend / Spouse

Maksim Chmerkovskiy dated –

  1. Elena Grinenko – Maks was romantically linked to another Russian pro dancer Elena Grinenko in the past.
  2. Karina Smirnoff (2008-2009) – Maks dated fellow Ukrainian dancer Karina for more than a year from June 2008 until September 2009. During this time, they also engaged each other on New Year’s eve on December 31, 2008, in Las Vegas. They met for the first time during the reality dance competition show “Dancing With The Stars”.
  3. Peta Murgatroyd (2012-2013; 2014-Present) – Maks dated New Zealand-based dancer Peta for 10 months from April 2012 to February 2013 after meeting her on the set of DWTS (Dancing With The Stars). Maks is 7 years her senior. They were dating ON and OFF since 2012. The couple again started dating in October 2014 and got engaged on December 5, 2015. The duo has a son Shai Aleksander (b. January 4, 2017) together. They got married on July 8, 2017, in Long Island, New York. The couple suffered a pregnancy loss in 2022.
  4. Kate Upton (2013) – Chmerkovskiy dated American supermodel Kate Upton from June 2013 to December 2013. Upton is 13 years his junior.
  5. Jennifer Lopez (2014) – He was RUMORed to be dating American singer Jennifer Lopez in 2014.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his girlfriend Peta Murgatroyd

Race / Ethnicity


Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color

Light Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

Temperamental moods and angry fits during rehearsals


Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s body specifications may be –

  • Chest – 45 in or 114 cm
  • Arms / Biceps – 15.5 in or 39 cm
  • Waist – 33 in or 84 cm

Brand Endorsements

In 2006, Maksim appeared in a television commercial as a ballroom dance competitor for Jared The Galleria of Jewelry with Alec Mazo, Edyta Sliwinska, and Shalene Archer Ermis.



Maksim’s dad is Jewish and his mom is a Christian.

Best Known For

Being a TV celebrity and having an impressive career as a choreographer in ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.

First TV Show

In 2006, he appeared for the first time in ABC’s dance reality show Dancing With The Stars as a choreographer. Since that time, he has appeared in more than 200 episodes.

Personal Trainer

Before an intense competition, he does a carb overload. Like, Maks would eat lots of pasta for a week. This is because he is able to burn all those calories, he intakes.

His top stretching move – Side Lateral Stretch

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Favorite Things

  • Physical Feature in a Woman – Feet

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Facts

  1. Maks started dancing at the age of four.
  2. Maksim suffered a childhood skiing accident and broke his leg. He had a very high chance of being handicapped for the rest of his life.
  3. He is the owner of the Rising Stars Dance Academy (RSDA). Apart from this, he also owns three more dance studios in New York City.
  4. As a child, he wanted to be an athlete – a soccer player or a swimmer.
  5. He finished first in the DWTS season 18 when he was partnered with figure skater Meryl Davis.
  6. Maksim is the director and creator of a nonprofit educational and charitable organization called Dance Team USA.
  7. He is the owner of the company “Maksim Chmerkovskiy Productions”.

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Net Worth | Celebrity Net Worth

What is Maksim Chmerkovskiy's Net Worth and Salary?

Maksim Chmerkovskiy is an American-Ukrainian ballroom dancer, choreographer and instructor who has a net worth of $8 million. Maksim Chmerkovskiy became known for his dancing ability as one of the professional dancers on the American television series, "Dancing with the Stars." He has also been featured in various dance theater productions.

  1. Early Life
  2. Dancing Career
  3. Personal Life

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Early Life

Chmerkovskiy was born on January 17, 1980 in Odessa, Ukraine, which was part of the Soviet Union at the time. His parents are Aleksandr and Larisa Chmerkovskiy and he has a young brother, Valentin, who is also a professional dancer. His father is Jewish while his mother is Christian.

At the age of four, Chmerkovskiy began dancing after his parents enrolled him in a school of aesthetic education. The school's aim was to train children to become gentlemen and ladies and included lessons in topics like manners as well as ballroom dance. Chmerkovskiy's dancing skills were evident from a young age and he began competing in dance competitions. He also enjoyed swimming, soccer, and tennis, as well as skiing. When he was 13, he broke his leg while skiing and doctors thought he may have long-term complications with his leg. However, he fortunately recovered fully and was dancing again six months later.

In 1994, when Chmerkovskiy was 14, the family immigrated to Brooklyn, New York.

Chmerkovskiy got a job at a local Russian restaurant where he danced traditional dances as entertainment and also began entering himself in dancing competitions as a way to earn money. When he was 16, he helped his father open a youth-oriented dance studio in Ridgewood, New Jersey, specifically selected the location because there were already many studios in Brooklyn. In 2001, he had his first major success as a dancing instructor when he coached his brother and his partner, Diana, to become the first U.S. dance pair to win a world junior championship.

Dancing Career

While teaching, Chmerkovskiy continued competing in dance competitions himself. He began competing at the professional level in the International Latin category. In the early 2000s, he achieved the rank of 2nd in the United States and 7th among dance professionals in the world in the that category. He won a number of competitions between 2003 and 2005, including La Classique du Quebec, the Philadelphia Dancesport Festival, and the Manhattan Dancesport Professional.

In 2006, Chmerkovskiy joined the cast of  "Dancing with the Stars" in its second season. He was partnered with actress Tia Carrere and the pair came in sixth place in the competition. The next season he was paired with singer Willa Ford and the two came in seventh place. His next season, season three, was more successful as he made it to the finals and finished third with partner Laila Ali. For season five, he was partnered with Melanie Brown and the pair came in second place. Chmerkovskiy decided not to return to the show in the sixth season, citing that he was too stressed.

In 2008, Chmerkovskiy decided to return to "Dancing with the Stars" for its seventh season. He was partnered with Olympic volleyball gold medalist, Misty-May Treanor. Treanor was forced to withdraw from the competition in week three after she ruptured her Achilles tendon during practice. The following season, Chmerkovskiy partnered with actress Denise Richards and the pair was eliminated second. He not fare much better the next season with partner Debi Mazar, as the two were the fourth pair eliminated.

In season 10, Chmerkovskiy and his partner, Erin Andrews, performed quite well together and ended up coming in third place. For the next season, Chmerkovskiy danced with singer and actress, Brandy. Throughout that season, the pair performed very well and consistently received high scores but were ultimately eliminated in the semi-finals, which many considered shocking as they were show favorites to make it to the end.

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Chmerkovskiy then worked with actress Kirstie Alley. The two experienced several mishaps while dancing together, as Chmerkovskiy's leg once gave out while dancing and then Alley's shoe fell off during a routine a week later. The next season, 13, Chmerkovskiy danced with partner Hope Solo. They came in fourth play. Solo later alleged that Chmerkovskiy was quite hard on her during rehearsals and stated that he had once slapped her, though her claims were never corroborated.

In season 14, Chmerkovskiy was partnered with Melissa Gilbert. Their season together was challenging as Gilbert suffered a mild concussion after she hit her head on the floor and was rushed to the hospital. Chmerkovskiy also injured a muscle in his shoulder soon afterward. The couple ultimately finished in fifth place. Season 15 was an All-Stars season and Chmerkovskiy was partnered with former partner, Kirstie Alley. They were ultimately eliminated in week 8.

Chmerkovskiy then decided to take some time off from "Dancing with the Stars." He was absent from seasons 16 and 17 but decided to return in season 18, when he was paired with Olympic ice dancer, Meryl Davis. The couple did very well together, ultimately winning the show in May of 2014. Following the win, Chmerkovskiy again took time off from the show and returned in season 23. He was partnered with model Amber Rose and eliminated in week six. He also danced in seasons 24 and 25, partnered with Heather Morris and Vanessa Lachey, respectively. In April of 2018, Chmerkovskiy announced he was officially done working as a professional on "Dancing with the Stars."

Outside of his career with "Dancing with the Stars, "Chmerkovskiy has also worked as a choreographer for shows in Las Vegas and has worked as a dancer on Broadway. He also created an autobiographical show with this brother called "Maks & Val Live on Tour: Our Way," which toured around the country in 2016. He also appeared on the Ukrainian version of "The Bachelor" in 2011.

Personal Life

In 2009, Chmerkovskiy was engaged to fellow "Dancing with the Stars" professional, Karina Smirnoff, though they ultimately broke up. He then dated another show professional, Peta Murgatroyd in 2012 until their break up in 2013. However, the two got back together the following year and then engaged in December of 2015. They had a son together in January of 2017 and then were married in New York in July of 2017.

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Max Leonov (dancer) - biography, news, personal life, photo

Max Leonov. Ukrainian dancer, choreographer. Two-time vice-champion of the world in the Latin American program according to IDSA and vice-champion of Ukraine.

From an early age he was engaged in ballroom dancing. According to Maxim Leonov, he devoted his whole life to dancing.

Repeatedly became the winner and prize-winner of Ukrainian and international competitions. Twice was the vice-champion of Ukraine in Latin American dances. Two-time vice-world champion in the Latin American program according to IDSA.

After completing his professional career, he began working as a choreographer and participating in popular TV shows.

In 2017, Max Leonov participated in the Georgian version of the show "Dancing with the Stars" as a dancer and choreographer.

In 2018, he became a member of the Ukrainian show "Dancing with the Stars" (Ukrainian adaptation of the BBC dance show called "Strictly Come Dancing", which was released in the UK in 2004) in a pair with TV presenter Masha Efrosinina. They captivated the audience with a rumba to Beyonce's "Crazy in love". Their tandem with Masha Efrosinina was called the most dramatic couple of the season.

Leonov and Efrosinina reached the fifth episode of the show, the theme of which was "The Year That Changed My Life", and, according to the results of the jury's assessments and the audience's vote, they left the project.

Max Leonov and Masha Efrosinina

In 2019, together with comedian Elena Kravets, Max became a quarter-finalist of the show "Dancing with the Stars".

Elena Kravets highly appreciated her partner: “Really, I was lucky with him. Firstly, he teaches me a lot as a dance partner. Secondly, he teaches me to focus on what I'm doing, to be on my own, and most importantly, to trust ... After the aunt's broadcast, I concluded that you should not jump above your head until you have learned to stand steadily on your feet. We took rather difficult dances - foxhort, modern, salsa. And this is difficult for a person who has never really danced. We overestimated our capabilities a bit.”

Max Leonov and Elena Kravets

In 2020, Max Leonov's partner in the show "Dancing with the Stars" was the ex-participant of "VIA Gra" Santa Dimopoulos (world champion in fitness, well-trained participant in terms of sports). According to Santa, she got the best partner: “My partner Max Leonov supports me. He is a very positive person and a true professional, and his sense of humor and motivation, with which he knows how to charge others, inspire confidence in me and add confidence for further participation in the show.” “For me, this is a challenge, a competition, first of all, with myself! And I promise that we will do our best to show beautiful, technical and unforgettable dances. But without your support in any way, ”said the singer.

For the first broadcast, the couple prepared a samba to the hit of Willy William.

Max Leonov and Santa Dimopoulos

Max Leonov's personal life:

He hides his private life.

Max Leonov projects:

"Dancing with the Stars"

last update: 08/30/2020

Max Chmerkovsky - judge of the show Dancing with the Stars

The new judge of the legendary project "Dancing with the Stars" will be the Ukrainian-American dancer, world champion in Latin dances, choreographer, winner of the Dancing With The Stars show Max Chmerkovsky. What interesting facts are known from his biography?

Recently it became known that the Ukrainian-American dancer and choreographer Max Chmerkovskiy will join Ekaterina Kukhar and Vlad Yama in the judge's chair of Dancing with the Stars. What is known about the new judge?

READ ALSO: World Latin dance champion Max Chmerkovskiy will judge the new season of the show "Dancing with the Stars" at 1+1

1. Max Chmerkovskiy was born in Odessa. When he was 14, he emigrated to the United States with his family.

2. As a child, Maxim broke his leg while sledding. Doctors even said that he was unlikely to be able to dance after such a severe fracture. However, the persistent guy recovered and perfectly realized himself as a dancer and choreographer.

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3. Max Chmerkovsky started dancing at the age of 4 years. Today he has 4 dance studios in the US, and he founded and runs Dance Team USA, a non-profit educational charity that supports dancesport participants.

PHOTO: Instagram/maksimc

4. Max Chmerkovsky participated many times in the show Dancing With The Stars (American "Dancing with the Stars"). In season 18, he won this show along with figure skater Meryl Davis. Max Chmerkovsky is also a world champion in Latin dances.

5. Max's younger brother Valentin is also a professional dancer. He has also participated in Dancing With The Stars on numerous occasions, winning the show twice. Known in the USA as Val Chmerkovskiy. The dancer is a two-time world champion in Latin dance and a multiple US champion in Latin dance.

READ ALSO: The soloist of the KAZKA group Alexandra Zaritskaya admitted why she goes to Dancing with the Stars: “I want to finally not be afraid to be in a pair”

6. Max Chmerkovsky's wife is a professional Latin dancer Pat Jane Murgatroyd. She was born in New Zealand and lives in the USA. Peta has also won American Dancing with the Stars twice. The couple got engaged in 2017. A few months before the wedding, their son Shay Alexander was born.

PHOTO: Instagram/maksimc

7. Max Chmerkovsky, in addition to pure dance shows, participated in the Le Rêve water show in Las Vegas.

How strict will Max Chmerkovskiy be a judge for Ukrainian stars? It will become known soon, the premiere of the new season of Dancing with the Stars will take place on September 5 at 21:00 on 1+1 TV channel.

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