Dancing with the Stars: Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Known as the bad boy of the dance floor, last season the Odessa, Ukraine-born Maksim Chmerkovskiy brought out the best of Erin Andrews and romance rumors flew. What’s new? He was single; she was single. They performed a risky contemporary routine on a bed and a routine with Andrews blind-folded. What surprises does Chmerkovskiy have this season?

Chmerkovskiy began dancing when he was four and continued dancing despite financial and language problems. A childhood skiing accident threatened his dancing career, but Chmerkovskiy proved the doctors wrong.

Chmerkovskiy owns four dance studios in New York and was one of the creators of Dance Team USA, a non-profit educational organization for nurturing new talent for DanceSport competitions.

Chmerkovskiy’s brother Valentin is also a champion dancer and has performed previously on “Dancing with the Stars” but has not been one of the professional dancers partnered with a celebrity.

Spice Girl Mel B. and Chmerkovskiy scored perfect 30s for their paso doble to “Free Your Mind,” Viennese waltz to “Somebody to Love,” paso doble to “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and mambo to “Mambo Jambo.” Apolo Anton Ohno with Julianne Hough won that season.

Dancing titles include:

  • 2005 Yankee Classic Professional Latin Champion
  • 2005 Blackpool Dance Festival Semi-Finalist
  • 2004 Manhattan Dancesport Professional Latin Champion
  • 2004 Nevada Star Ball Champion
  • 2004 World Masters Finalist
  • 2004 Moscow Kremlin Cup Finalist
  • 2004 Philadelphia Dancesport Festival Champion
  • 2003 All England Champion
  • 2003 Ohio Star Ball Latin Champion
  • 2003 La Classique du Quebec Champion

AGE: 30

BIRTH DATE: 17 January 1980 (Capricorn)


  • Tia Carrere (Season 2)
  • Willa Ford (Season 3)
  • Laila Ali (Season 4)-Finished third.
  • Mel B (Season 5)-Finished second
  • Misty May-Treanor (Season 7)-Withdrew due to injury
  • Denise Richards (Season 8 )
  • Debi Mazar (Season 9)
  • Erin Andrews (Season 10)-finished third.


Website: www.MaksimChmerkovskiy.com


About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on September 20, 2010, in Brandy, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Professional Dancers and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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