Maksim (Maks) Chmerkovskiy is a Latin Ballroom dance champion, choreographer, Broadway star, actor and producer. First appearing on TV in 2005 as a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars’ season two, Maks was on the series for 17 seasons and won the Mirrorball Trophy in 2014 with Olympic ice dancer, Meryl Davis. Known for being passionate, opinionated and vocal, he is regarded as one of the most successful, loved and well-known cast members from DWTS.
Maks, with his brother Val, co-wrote and co-directed their very own 55-city North American tour “Our Way” in 2016. In 2018 they once again hit the road with their follow-up tour “Confidential” which had sold out theaters across the US culminating in a monumental sold out show at Radio City Music Hall.
Maksim is originally from Ukraine and immigrated with his family to Brooklyn in 1994. Few years later Maks had opened an all kids, Ballroom dance academy called Rising Stars. Over the last few decades, Maks has coached and mentored numerous successful dancers, many of whom are current stars of dance in their own right. In 2005 Maks Co-Founded Dance With Me dance studios which currently includes 14 high end social dance clubs, nation-wide, dedicated to first-rate dance instruction. During the recent pandemic Maks’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to co-found DanceAndCo, an app that gives everyone access to dance, fitness and entertainment.
A “Sloth” on the inaugural season of Masked Dancer, Maks has also appeared on multiple TV shows, including Why Women Kill, General Hospital, Chasing Life, and The Exes as well as Netflix production of Fuller House. Maks had starred on Broadway in productions of Burn the Floor and Forever Tango.
Committed to charitable causes Maks passionately supports ChildHelp, ALfalit, St. Jude Children’s hospital and Children’s Hospital of LA.
Maks is married to Dancing with the Stars pro Peta Murgatroyd and in January 2017 they welcomed their first child, a son, Shai.