A beautiful blend of choreographer, instructor and ballroom dance champion can be found in Maksim Chmerkovskiy. He is a Ukrainian-American who is known as a celebrated dancer and a television personality. He is known to be a part of Broadway dance shows. To know more about the life, career and net worth of Maksim Chmerkovskiy in 2018, keep reading the article.
Early Life & Biography
17th January of 1980 is Maksim’s date of birth. He was born in Odessa, Ukrainian SSR under the Soviet Union. Maksim Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy is his official name given to him at the time of his birth. He was admitted in his school by his parents for aesthetic education. His interest in dance was seen from a very early age, and so his dance lessons started from 4 years of his generation. “Ten-dance” including Latin dances and ballroom dance, was the start of his dance competition and from there it went on.
Along with dance training, he also took lessons for sports like swimming, tennis and soccer. With his family, in 1994 he moved to Brooklyn, New York as immigrants. Even after facing much of financial issues his dance lessons didn’t stop. Dance became his profession, and from his 15 years, he started dancing at restaurants.
Initially, his work was in a local Russian restaurant. He went for competitive dancing mainly due to his financial requirement. Maksim and his family were still struggling with poverty, and his professional dance competitions were hope for all. He also expected to be able to afford a better lifestyle.
Russian was his native language but being a Ukrainian; he understands it as well to an extent. He was not acquainted with English earlier, but then after immigration, he learnt it for surviving in the United States. He was with Karina Smirnoff in 2009.
Later in 2012, he was with Peta Murgatroyd, another DWTS pro. Their relationship faced many storms, and it broke in 2013 only to be reunited permanently in 2014. They got engaged on 5th December 2015. Shai Aleksander, their son, was born in 2017 on the 4th of January. Finally, they got married on 8th July 2017 in Long Island.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Elena Grinko was his first dance partner in the International Latin category, and they attained the 2nd position in the US and 7th at the International level. This was the real start of his career. He carried on in many international and national dance competitions and earned fame.
At 16 he opened a dance academy named “Rising Stars” in Ridgewood of New Jersey which was relocated to Saddle Brook. Under the brand name as “Dance With Me”, he opened many more dance studios. He also appeared on television. He achieved many awards for his excellent performances.
Net Worth & Earnings
Maksim has a net worth of $9 million mainly because of his dance profession and also for his television appearances.
He has been and will go on being an idol for dancers throughout the world. He has made quite a lot of sacrifices for his successful profession.