Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy on May 2, 2007
BornMaksim Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy
(1980-01-17) January 17, 1980 (age 34)
Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
OccupationDancer
Choreographer
Instructor
 
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Maksimchmerkovskiy.jpg
Maksim Chmerkovskiy on May 2, 2007
BornMaksim Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy
(1980-01-17) January 17, 1980 (age 34)
Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
OccupationDancer
Choreographer
Instructor

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 Latin Ballroom dance champion, choreographer, and instructor. He is widely 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 14 appearances on the show, Chmerkovskiy made it to the final round four times, with two runner-up and two third place finishes.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] His father is Jewish and his mother is Christian.[2][3] Chmerkovskiy's Ukrainian ancestry and cultural heritage were referred to on an episode of Dancing with the Stars.[4]

The challenges of immigration for Chmerkovskiy and his family included financial and language barriers.[5] He broke his right leg in a childhood skiing accident, with doctors foreseeing difficulties with his leg and little possibility of a dancing career.[6] Chmerkovskiy recovered to become a professional Latin Ballroom dancer, with the details of his recovery presented on Celebrity Ghost Stories.

Chmerkovskiy owns four dance studios in greater New York City, including Rising Stars Dance Academy (RSDA).[7] The other three studios are social dance studios located in Ridgefield, New Jersey, and Glen Head, New York, as well as the Soho neighborhood of Manhattan. He recently opened another studio in Stamford, Connecticut. He has been a resident of Edgewater, New Jersey.[8]

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, he organizes performances globally.

A ballroom and DanceSport choreographer, his professional work includes the Wynn Las Vegas's water-based show Le Rêve.[9] He implemented ballroom-inspired numbers in the Franco Dragone production.

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

Chmerkovskiy first appeared in the 2nd season of the ABC series Dancing with the Stars partnered with actress Tia Carrere. They finished in sixth place. The following season, he and partner singer Willa Ford came in seventh place. Chmerkovskiy returned to Dancing with the Stars in March 2007 for Season 4, his time partnered with boxer Laila Ali. They made it to the finals and finished in third place. In Season 5 of Dancing with the Stars, he was partnered with Melanie Brown and had his best finish to date; the couple received second place. Chmerkovskiy did not participate in Season 6, although he and former partner Melanie Brown made an appearance for the 100th episode.

He returned for the show's 7th season, this time paired with two-time Olympic volleyball gold medalist, Misty May-Treanor. Chmerkovskiy and May-Treanor were forced to withdraw from the competition in Week 3. During a practice for their jive, May-Treanor ruptured her Achilles tendon and required surgery. Her withdrawal gave them a finish in tenth place.

On February 9, 2009, on Good Morning America it was announced that he would be paired with Denise Richards for the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars. They were eliminated second in the competition, giving the pair a finish of 12th place. In the ninth season, he was paired with actress Debi Mazar, during which they were eliminated 4th. In season 10, Chmerkovskiy, returning for his 8th season, was partnered with Erin Andrews.[10] They ended up coming in 3rd place during the two-hour finale on May 25, 2010.

For season 11, Chmerkovskiy partnered with singer and actress, Brandy. They made it to the semi-finals but were eliminated with a 4th place finish.[11] For Season 12, he was paired with actress Kirstie Alley. On week 3, his leg gave out causing her to fall heavily on him, earning 21 out of 30. The next week, Alley's shoe fell off during their routine. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba called Alley The Queen of the Unexpected Mishap; they earned 22 out of a possible score of 30. They made it to the finals and finished in second place.

For season 13, he was partnered with Hope Solo and they finished in 4th place. In Solo's book, A Memoir of Hope, she wrote that Chmerkovskiy treated her roughly, once slapping her during a rehearsal.[12]

For season 14, he was partnered with actress Melissa Gilbert. In week 4, while performing the paso doble, Gilbert hit her head on the dance floor and suffered a mild concussion. She was rushed to the hospital and was unable to be at the results show the following night. The couple was called safe. Chmerkovskiy also suffered an injury. He pulled a muscle in his shoulder. The couple was eliminated four weeks later, finishing in 5th place. Making this the 4th time that he was eliminated after dancing a samba.[citation needed]

For season 15, an All-Stars season, Maksim returned to the dance floor with previous partner, Kirstie Alley. In week 1, Alley received the lowest score, a 19.0 out of a possible 30. In week 3, Alley and Chmerkovskiy danced a Cha-Cha-Cha, they scored 17 out of a possible 30. Alley and Chmerkovskiy earned 24.0 out of a possible 30. They picked a Disco for Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel to dance next week, and Bryan and Amstel chose the Charleston for Alley and Chmerkovskiy. For the dance, the couple fell to the bottom of the leaderboard with 30.0 out of a possible 40. Alley and Chmerkovskiy, season 3 Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke, and season 1 Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy were all joined in the Gangnam Style freestyle team by season 8 runner-up Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd. Alley and Chmerkovskiy along with the other members received 27.0 out of 30, making their grand total 52.5 out of a possible 60. Then Alley and Chmerkovskiy, in the group country-western, they gained two bonus points. Season 4 champion Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff chose a Quickstep-Samba fusion for Alley and Chmerkovskiy. The couple scored 24 out of a possible 30. For the swing marathon, they were eliminated first, making their total 28 out of 40. For the next week, Tristan MacManus joined the couple in their trio paso doble, but the couple received 79 out of a possible 100, leaving them 11.5 points a drift at the bottom of the leaderboard, and they were eliminated, alongside Marini and Murgatroyd, who would have danced a "Mad Monk" Merengue, chosen by Ohno and Smirnoff, if they were not eliminated, finishing them in 7th and 6th respectively.

For season 18, he is paired with olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis.

SeasonPartnerPlace
1NoneN/A
2Tia Carrere6th
3Willa Ford7th
4Laila Ali3rd
5Melanie Brown2nd
6NoneN/A
7Misty May-Treanor 10th
8Denise Richards 12th
9Debi Mazar 12th
10Erin Andrews3rd
11Brandy4th
12Kirstie Alley2nd
13Hope Solo4th
14Melissa Gilbert5th
15Kirstie Alley7th
16NoneN/A
17NoneN/A
18Meryl Davis

In February 2013, Chmerkovskiy announced his departure from Dancing with the Stars for Season 16.[13] Chmerkovskiy returned on the fifth week of Season 16 for "Len's Side-By-Side Challenge", where he danced with Anna Trebunskaya in an Argentine Tango with brother Val and his partner Zendaya and in a Jive with Jacoby Jones and his partner Karina Smirnoff. For season 17, he was a guest judge during the semifinals in Week 10.

On February 27, 2014, reports surfaced that after taking two seasons off, Chmerkovskiy would return for season 18.[14]

Dancing With the Stars performances[edit]

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Waltz / "What a Wonderful World"677Bottom Two
2Rumba / "Emotion"787Safe
3Tango / "Por Una Cabeza"989Safe
4Foxtrot / "Dream a Little Dream of Me"988Bottom Two
5Samba / "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)"
Group Salsa / "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You"
7
No
7
Scores
8
Given
Eliminated
Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Foxtrot / "True"778Safe
2Mambo / "Get Busy"788Bottom Two
3Jive / "SOS"778Safe
4Waltz / "You Light Up My Life"9910Safe
5Rumba / "Every Breath You Take"999Eliminated
Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Foxtrot / "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)"788No Elimination
2Mambo / "Maracaibo Oriental"999Safe
3Tango / "Goldfinger"777Safe
4Paso Doble / "Les Toreadors"777Safe
5Rumba / "Put Your Records on"9109Safe
6Cha-Cha-Cha / "Hold on, I'm Comin'"
Swing / "Rock This Town"
9
No
9
Scores
10
Given
Safe
7Quickstep / "Part-Time Lover"
Samba / "Brazil"
10
10
9
10
10
10
Safe
8Waltz / "May Each Day"
Jive / "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown"
9
9
9
8
9
9
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Quickstep / "Walk Like an Egyptian"
Cha-Cha-Cha / "She's a Lady"
10
10
10
10
10
10
Safe
10
Finals
Paso Doble / "España Cani"
Freestyle / "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)"
Mambo / "Maracaibo Oriental"
10
9
10
9
8
10
10
9
10
Third Place


Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha-Cha-Cha / "A Deeper Love"888Safe
2Quickstep / "Take on Me"788Safe
3Jive / "Sweet Soul Music"999Safe
4Viennese Waltz / "Breakaway"899Bottom Two
5Samba / "Spice Up Your Life"10910Safe
6Rumba / "A Woman's Worth"
Rock 'n' Roll / "Rockin' Robin"
10
No
10
Scores
10
Given
Safe
7Foxtrot / "Jimmy Mack"
Paso Doble / "Free Your Mind"
8
10
8
10
8
10
Safe
8Tango / "Personal Jesus"
Mambo / "Mambo Jambo"
9
9
9
10
9
10
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Viennese Waltz / "Somebody to Love"
Paso Doble / "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
10
10
10
10
10
10
Safe
10
Finals
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Car Wash"
Freestyle / "The Way I Are"
Mambo / "Mambo Jambo"
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
Second Place


Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Foxtrot / "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)"
Mambo / "Black Mambo"
6
7
8
7
7
7
Safe
2Paso Doble / "Take Me Out"777Safe
3Jive / "Shake It"SufferedAnInjuryWithdrew
Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha-Cha-Cha / "Nothin' but a Good Time"666No Elimination
2Quickstep / "We Go Together"777Safe
3Samba / "Take a Picture"565Eliminated
Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Salsa / "Complicacion"
Foxtrot Relay / "The Best is Yet to Come"
6
Awarded
5
6
5
Points
Safe
2Tango / "El Tango de Roxanne"77*7Bottom Two
3Samba / "Love Is in the Air"656Eliminated
Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha-Cha-Cha / "Tik Tok"777No Elimination
2Foxtrot / "Love Story"878Safe
3Waltz / "See the Day"878Safe
4Tango / "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"6/76/76/7Safe
5Jive / "You Never Can Tell"778Safe
6Samba / "When I Get You Alone"
Swing Marathon / "In the Mood"
9
Awarded
7
9
9
Points
Safe
7Team Cha-Cha-Cha / "Holiday"
Quickstep / "Dancin' Fool"
8
9
8
9
8
9
Bottom Two
8Argentine Tango / "Una Musica Brutal"
Rumba / "Missing You"
9
8
10
8
9
9
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Viennese Waltz / "February Song"
Paso Doble / "U Got the Look"
9
10
9
9
9
10
Last to Be Called Safe
10
Finals
Samba / "Mi Swing Es Tropical"
Freestyle / "Alone"
Argentine Tango / "Una Musica Brutal"
10
9
Awarded
10
8
26
9
9
Points
Third Place
Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Viennese Waltz / "Cry Me Out"788Safe
2Jive / "Magic"777Safe
3Samba / "Put It in a Love Song"888Safe
4Rumba / "This Woman's Work"7/98/87/9Safe
5Quickstep / "I'll Be There for You"999Safe
6Tango / "Holding Out for a Hero"
Rock N' Roll Marathon / "La Grange"
8
Awarded
9
10
9
Points
Safe
7Team Cha-Cha-Cha / "Bust A Move"
Foxtrot / "Fever"
9
9/9
9
10
9
9
Safe
8Waltz / "Dark Waltz"
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Teenage Dream"
9
9
10
9
10
10
Last to be Called Safe
9
Semi-finals
Paso Doble / "Firework"
Argentine Tango / "Taquito Militar"
9
10
9
10
9
10
Eliminated
Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha-Cha-Cha / "Forget You"878No Elimination
2Quickstep / "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree"767Safe
3Rumba / "Over the Rainbow"777Safe
4Waltz / "The Flower Duet"778Safe
5Foxtrot / "American Woman"878Safe
6Samba / "Baby One More Time"899Safe
7Team Cha-Cha-Cha / "We R Who We R"
Jive / "La Bamba"
7/7
9/7
8
6
8
8
Safe
8Argentine Tango / "Cite Tango"
Salsa / "Cobrastyle"
9
8
9
9
10
8
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Viennese Waltz / "One and Only"
Paso Doble / "White Room"
Winner Take All Cha-Cha-Cha / "Walkin' on the Sun"
9
9
Lost
9
9
This
9
9
Event
Last to Be Called Safe
10
Finals
Samba / "Magalenha"
Freestyle / "Perfect"
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Forget You"
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
Runner Up
Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Viennese Waltz / "Satellite"777Safe
2Jive / "Girlfriend"676Safe
3Cha-Cha-Cha / "Tonight I'm Lovin' You"888Last to Be Called Safe
4Foxtrot / "You've Got a Friend in Me"888Safe
5Tango / "Livin' on a Prayer"888Last to Be Called Safe
6Rumba / "Seasons of Love"
Broadway / "Big Spender" & "Money Money"
7
No
6
Scores
7
Given
Last to Be Called Safe
7Samba / "Werewolves of London"
Team Paso Doble / "Bring Me to Life"
8
9
8
8
8
9
Safe
8Quickstep / "Valerie"
Instant Jive / "The Best Damn Thing"
9
8
9
9
9
8
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Paso Doble / "Can't Be Tamed"
Argentine Tango / "Whatever Lola Wants"
Cha-Cha-Cha Relay / "I Like How It Feels"
7
8
Awarded
7
8
4
7
8
Points
Eliminated
Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha-Cha-Cha / "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"767No Elimination
2Quickstep / "Dancing with Myself"767Safe
3Jive / "Dog Days Are Over"888Safe
4Paso Doble / "Conquest"787Safe
5Salsa / "Aguanile"777Safe
6Viennese Waltz / "Ooh Baby Baby"
Motown Marathon / "Nowhere to Run"
8
Awarded
8
6
8
Points
Safe
7Argentine Tango / "Marriage of Figaro"
Team Paso Doble / "O Fortuna"
7
9
7
8
7
9
Safe
8Foxtrot / "Maggie May"
Samba (Trio Challenge) / "Hard to Handle"
8
9
8
9
8
9
Eliminated
Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Foxtrot / "Set Fire to the Rain"6.566.5Safe
2Jive / "Non Non Rien N'a Changé"7.07.07.0Safe
3Cha-Cha-Cha / "Moves like Jagger"8.08.08.0Safe
4Charleston / "42nd Street"7.57.57.5* / 7.5Bottom Two
5Quickstep /Mrs. Robinson
Team Freestyle (Gilles) / Gangnam Style
8.5
9.0
8.5
9.0
8.5
9.0
No Elimination
6Rumba / "Home"
Group Country Western / "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)"
& "I Play Chicken with a Train"
9.5
Awarded
8.5
2
9.5
Points
Safe
7Quickstep & Samba / "Sir Duke"
Swing Marathon / "Do Your Thing"
8.0
Awarded
8.0
4
8.0
Points
No Elimination
8Viennese Waltz / "Hallelujah"
Paso Doble (Trio Challenge) / "Bring Me to Life"
9.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
Eliminated

^* The additional score of 7.5 was awarded by guest judge Paula Abdul.

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha-cha-cha / "All Night"888No Elimination
2Swing /TBA

Dancing titles[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer

Dancing with the Stars (US) runner up
Season 5 (Fall 2007 with Mel B)

Season 12 (Spring 2011 with Kirstie Alley)

Succeeded by
Jason Taylor & Edyta Sliwinska

Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke

Preceded by
Joey Lawrence & Edyta Śliwińska

Kelly Osbourne & Louis van Amstel

Dancing with the Stars (US) third place contestant
Season 4 (Spring 2007 with Laila Ali)

Season 10 (Spring 2010 with Erin Andrews)

Succeeded by
Marie Osmond & Jonathan Roberts

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas

Preceded by
Chad Ochocinco & Cheryl Burke

Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff

Dancing with the Stars (US) semi-finalist
Season 11 (Fall 2010 with Brandy)

Season 13 (Fall 2011 with Hope Solo)

Succeeded by
Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff

Maria Menounos & Derek Hough

Preceded by
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus
Dancing with the Stars (US) quarter-finalist
Season 14 (Spring 2012 with Melissa Gilbert)
Succeeded by
Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff

Other activities[edit]

In 2009, he participated in the ABC sport show called "The Superstars" and was paired with Kristi Leskinen (Freestyle Skier). They won the competition.

In 2011 Chmerkovskiy starred as "The Bachelor" in the Ukrainian version of the dating reality series.[16]

As of 2012, he hosts the Ukrainian version of the game show The Cube.[17]

Chmerkovskiy along with Tony Dovolani and Valentin Chmerkovskiy opened Dance with Me Studio in Stamford, CT on April 16, 2012.[18] The Stamford location is the fourth in the chain and the first in Connecticut started by Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Valentin Chmerkovskiy and their partners. The other studios are in Ridgefield, N.J., Long Island, N.Y., and Soho, N.Y.[18]

Chmerkovskiy appear on three episodes of General Hospital in March 2013 playing the role of Anton Ivanov, who dances with Kelly Monaco's character Sam Morgan during the Nurses' Ball.[19][citation needed]

From July 9 to August 18, 2013, he starred in "Forever Tango", a Broadway musical, dancing and performing onstage with former dance colleague Karina Smirnoff.[20][21]

On January 28, 2014, Maks appeared in music video with Stacy Burk (Country musician from Van Alstyne, Texas). The video was shot at the JMJ Ranch in Thousand Oaks, CA and directed by Dave West. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnm0uBUzweo

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Miller, Doug. (November 27, 2007) A spin around the floor with ‘Maks’ – Travel – Travel Tips – msnbc.com. MSNBC. Retrieved on 2012-05-09.
  4. ^ Dance center – Part 2 – Dancing with the stars – Season 10 – Week 8 Results show. YouTube (November 27, 2010). Retrieved on 2012-05-09.
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  8. ^ Staff. Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Bio, Us Weekly. Retrieved March 17, 2011. "He is an owner of three dance studios in the New York City area and resides in Edgewater, New Jersey."
  9. ^ Rocchio, Christopher (February 19, 2008). "'Dancing' professional Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 'I'll be back next season'". realitytvworld.com. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  10. ^ "Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Maks a Romantic Defender?". National Ledger. April 16, 2010. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  11. ^ "'Dancing' cuts yet another front-runner". Theclicker.todayshow.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-09.
  12. ^ Atkin, Ross (September 1, 2012). "Solo". The Christian Science Monitor. 
  13. ^ Why Maksim Chmerkovskiy Won't Be on Dancing with the Stars Retrieved March 19, 2013
  14. ^ http://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/maksim-chmerkovskiy-dancing-with-the-stars-as-pro-for-season-18-2014272
  15. ^ Mirador, Sthanlee (November 1, 2007). "The Sexy Men of Dancing with the Stars". People Magazine. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  16. ^ "Maksim Chmerkovskiy Can Relate to 'Bachelor' Brad Womack's Love Woes!". Access Hollywood. March 15, 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  17. ^ "The Cube official site". STB Channel. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b Buzzeo, Anthony. "'Dancing With the Stars' Pros Headed to Fairfield County". The Norwalk Daily Voice. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  19. ^ http://www.welovesoaps.net/2013/04/nurses-ball-magic-milo.html#more
  20. ^ "Walter Kerr Theater New York, NY - Forever Tango - Latest news". Newyorkcitytheatre.com. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  21. ^ "Karina Smirnoff & Maksim Chmerkovskiy Extend Run in Forever Tango for an Additional Week | Broadway Buzz". Broadway.com. 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 

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