Maksim Chmerkovskiy is a celebrated dancer and choreographer from America. Originally hailing from Ukraine, Maskim specializes in Latin ballroom dance. He is a widely known television personality, which is the primary source of his fame. He is also known for being part of a Broadway dance shows. To know more about Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s net worth in 2018 continue reading this article.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy Early Life
Maksim Chmerkovskiy was born in Odessa, Ukraine SSR to Aleksandr Chmerkovskiy and Larisa Chmerkovskiy. He was born on the 17th of January, 1980. He also has a younger brother, Valentin Chmerkovskiy who, much like him, is a professional dancer. From a very early age, Maskim was interested in dancing. In fact, he started learning to dance when he was merely four years old. His dancing lessons began at the aesthetic school where he was sent. The aim of such a school was to train children to be good gentlemen and ladies. Thus, their curriculum included manners, ballroom dance lessons, etc.
His career in competitive dancing began with “Ten Dance,” and eventually he got to showcase and brush up his skills in both Latin and ballroom dance. He was also involved in several sports, like Tennis, Soccer, and Swimming from early childhood. It was in 1994 that Maksim Chmerkovskiy immigrated to Brooklyn, New York along with his family. Like all immigrants, their family too had several financial difficulties, apart from facing cultural and language barriers.
After coming to New York, he had to take up dance as a profession. When he was only 15 years old, he started working as a dancer at a local Russian restaurant. His financial constraints, however, were still far from over and thus, he saw competitive dancing as a means of securing a higher pay and eventually a higher standard of life.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy Career
Maksim Chmerkovskiy, with the hope of a better and prosperous future, started taking part in dance competitions. He first started with his partner, Elena Grinenko at the International Latin category wherein the duo went on to achieve the second rank in the United States and the seventh rank at the International level. He subsequently went on to win several dance titles in national and international dance competitions.
Finally, after having made a name for himself as a dancer, he decided to start a dance studio with his father. At only 16, Maksim Chmerkovskiy with his father opened a dance academy focused mainly on the youth in Ridgewood, New Jersey. This studio was called the Rising Stars Dance Academy. The studio was, however, finally relocated to Saddle Brook, New Jersey. The students from these dance studios have had successful breaks in different dance competitions. These successful candidates include his brother Valentin as well.
In New York, under the brand name “Dance With Me,” Maksim Chmerkovskiy has opened several dance studios, both for competitive and social dance training. Maskim however, is best known for competing in the show, “Dancing with the Stars” as a professional dancer. He appeared in the show for fifteen seasons with various celebrity partners.
His list of partners includes actress Tia Carrere, sports personality Misty May –Treanor, boxer Laila Ali, Kristey Alley, Mellisa Gilbert, etc. In the 25th season, in 2017, he was paired with television personality, Vanessa Lachey and they finished seventh in the competition. His best rank on the show was with Melanie Brown where they had finished second.
Awards and Achievements
Maksim Chmerkovskiy has won several titles in the competitive dancing arena and has also achieved huge fame because of his appearances on television.
Net Worth of Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s estimated net worth is $4.5 million. He has his incredible talent of dancing to thank for this considerable fortune.
In spite of a hard childhood as an immigrant America, Maksim Chmerkovskiy managed to make a successful future thereby, showing how true talent is to be rewarded some way or the other.