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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Biography

Birth Place:
Odessa, Ukraine, Soviet Union
Professional dancer, choreographer

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