Fast Facts

  • Began dancing at age 4.
  • Immigrated to the United States in 1992.
  • Broke his leg in a skiing accident at age 13. Doctors had to place a metal rod in his leg, and told him he might have a limp for the rest of his life.  He astounded them by dancing in a competition six months later.
  • Co-founder/Board of Directors member of the non-profit organization Dance Team USA.
  • Best known for appearing on Dancing With the Stars starting in Season 2.
  • Choreographed parts of the aquatic show La Rêve at Wynn Las Vegas.
  • Owns several dance studios.


  • Karina Smirnoff — Ex-fiancée
  • Valentin Chmerkovskiy — Brother
  • Aleksandr Chmerkovskiy — Father
  • Larisa Chmerkovskiy — Mother
  • Peta Murgatroyd — Fiancée


  • Birth Place: Odessa, Ukraine, Soviet Union
  • Birthday: January 17, 1980, Capricorn
  • Profession: Professional dancer, Choreographer