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Maksim Chmerkovskiy from "Dancing with the Stars" is one of the professional dancers featured on the ABC reality ballroom dance competition. For Season 15, he partners once again with actress Kirstie Alley with whom he previously danced in Season 12, becoming the runner-ups.

On Season 14, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and actress Melissa Gilbert came in 5th place, while the season before, he and soccer player Hope Solo came in 4th place. In Season 11, he also finished in 4th place with Brandy Norwood, while in Season 10, he was partnered with Erin Andrews, with whom he came in 3rd place. In Season 9, he was eliminated in the fourth week with Debi Mazar. In Season 8, he was partnered with Denise Richards, and they were the second pair eliminated, finishing in 12th place. In Season 7, he was partnered with Misty May-Treanor, but they were forced to withdraw from the competition when she tore her achilles tendon in the third week. During Season 2, Maks and his partner actress Tia Carrere finished in 6th place. In Season 3, he partnered singer Willa Ford into 7th place. He made it to the finals in Season 4 with Boxing Champion Laila Ali, finishing in 3rd place, and made it to the finals again in Season 5 with Mel B, finishing in 2nd.

Chmerkovskiy also starred in ABC's "The Superstars." He teamed up with X Games action sports athlete Kristi Leskinen for the sports competition.

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, Chmerkovskiy had a horrible skiing accident that nearly ripped his leg off and left him hospitalized for months. After many surgeries and the insertion of a 12-inch metal rod, doctors were skeptical that Maks 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, New York in order to start a new life and to give Maks and his brother a better atmosphere to grow and succeed in. The vision of the American Dream and his passion for ballroom dancing gave Maks the strength to fight through all of the obstacles that faced him and his family. He worked countless hours on his dancing and soon after emerged as one of the best dancers in the world.

Chmerkovskiy is also a world renowned choreographer, having worked in association with famed director Franco Dragone revamping and updating the immensely popular performance show, Le Rêve, at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.

Chmerkovskiy started the Rising Stars Dance Academy, which is the premier youth ballroom dance school in the United States. He is currently a board member for the non-profit organization DanceTeamUSA, which works hard to promote DanceSport amongst the youth of America. Maks also has a production company, "Maksim Chmerkovskiy Productions," which organizes performances all over the world.

• 2005 Yankee Classic Professional Latin Champion
• 2004 Manhattan Dancesport Professional Latin Champion
• 2003 Ohio Star Ball Latin Champion
• Ranked 2nd in the US

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Age: 36 years old
Birthday: January 17, 1980
Height: 6' 2"
Birthplace: Odessa, Ukraine

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amy says:
He is so hot! He is the main reason I watch DWTS>
gorgeousbody says:
maksim i did;t tell nester about us because i got a plan for us to show him you and i are going to have sex in my nephew bedroom we are going to love it so he could leave he could get upset because of us want to you say do you want to do it with me we going to love it ps love melissa
gorgeousbody says:
maksim im not feeling so good because it my butt is missup will you and so is the inside of stomach i really need you you are the one who cares about and not my parents will you take of me ps love melissa and maksim chmerkovskiy
cyndilauper says:
Maks is so handsome and Erin is a beautiful girl..I am hoping that the rumors are true about them...They were meant for each other...sparks fly when they dance...
pat says:
Maksim Chmerkovskiy is, without a doubt, the sexiest dancer on DWTS or anywhere else, for that matter. I am a 74 yr old woman who could sit and watch Maksim dance 24/7.
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