He eventually began competing in ten-dance, which includes both ballroom and Latin dances. As a child Chmerkovskiy also participated in tennis, soccer, and swimming. Doctors foresaw long-term difficulties and little possibility of a dancing career; however, he recovered and was dancing again six months later.
At 15 he began working at a local Russian restaurant, dancing as entertainment. Working at the restaurant, Chmerkovskiy decided winning competitions as a dancer would be a way to argue for higher pay. The studio relocated a few times until it ended up in Saddle Brook, New Jersey. He said in of choosing a New Jersey location, "I didn't want to open a studio that would become just one of the studios in the area.
I wanted to open my studio somewhere where there was nothing like it and where people would look at it with no preconceived notions. Dancing with the Stars[ edit ] Pro dancer[ edit ] Chmerkovskiy competed as a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars for fifteen seasons. They made it to the finals and finished in third place. Following the season 5 finale, Chmerkovskiy reportedly told TV Guide Magazine he would not be returning to the show, something he later told People Magazine he had announced his departure because of stress.
Seasons 7—9[ edit ] He returned for the show's seventh 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 10th place.
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 fourth. Halfway through season 9, Chmerkovskiy partnered Joanna Krupa for one week while Derek Hough was ill.
For season 11, Chmerkovskiy partnered with singer and actress, Brandy. They made it to the semi-finals but were eliminated with a fourth-place finish. On week 3, his leg gave out causing her to fall heavily on him, earning 21 points out of In Solo's book, A Memoir of Hope, she wrote that Chmerkovskiy treated her roughly, once slapping her during a rehearsal. Seasons 14—18[ edit ] 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, pulling a muscle in his shoulder. The couple was eliminated four weeks later, finishing in fifth place.
For season 15, an All-Stars season, Maksim returned to the dance floor with previous partner, Kirstie Alley. In week 1, they received the second-lowest score, Alley and Chmerkovskiy earned Alley and Chmerkovskiy were eliminated in week 8 alongside Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd in a double elimination. Prior to the full cast announcement, US Weekly reported Chmerkovskiy would return to Dancing for season 18 after a two-season break. They were announced the winners on May 20, , marking Chmerkovskiy's first win.
After his season 23 elimination, Chmerkovskiy said he did not plan to return for season Chmerkovskiy however, missed 4 weeks of competition due to an injury. Morris and Chmerkovskiy were eliminated on week 6 after receiving a perfect 40 and finished in 8th place. Chmerkovskiy returned for season 25, and was paired with television personality Vanessa Lachey.
They were eliminated on week 7 of the competition, in a double elimination and finished in seventh place.