Maksim Chmerkovskiy is a Latin Ballroom dance champion, choreographer, Broadway performer and actor. Maks first appeared on Dancing with the Stars on the second season as a professional dancer. Maks was on the series for 14 seasons and won the Mirrorball Trophy in 2014 with Olympic ice dancer, Meryl Davis. He left the series after the win but has returned to act as a guest judge. Known for being passionate, opinionated and vocal, he is regarded as one of the most successful, loved and well-known cast members from DWTS.
Maksim is originally from Ukraine and immigrated with his family to Brooklyn in 1994. He is Co-Founder of Dance With Me dance studios with eight high end social dance clubs nation-wide dedicated to first-rate dance instruction. Together with DWM instructors, Maks has produced and starred in Sway: A Dance Trilogy in New York and Miami.
Maks has appeared on multiple TV series including the upcoming Fuller House on Netflix and previously on General Hospital, Chasing Life and The Exes. He has appeared on Broadway in productions of Burn the Floor and Forever Tango.
Maks is engaged to Dancing with the Stars pro, Peta Murgatroyd.
Valentin Chmerkovskiy joined the cast of professional dancers on Dancing with the Stars in 2011. The 14-time US National Champion and two-time World Dance Champion quickly rose to stardom becoming one of the show’s fan-favorites for impeccable performances. Valentin is also the first-and only-American to ever win the IDSF World Championship.
Val co-founded Dance With Me , one of the nation’s leading Latin and Ballroom dance studios, where he also lends his expertise as the venue’s Art Director. The success of the first studio ignited a passion for teaching his craft, leading him to pursue his latest endeavor Dance With Me Juniors, a program he proudly designed to keep kids healthy, focused and active.
Valentin also supports numerous children’s and educational charities including Children’s Hospital and Pencils of Promise. Val is also a classically trained violinist, having performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as a concertmaster of the ISO Youth Orchestra. Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Valentin immigrated with his family to Brooklyn at eight years old. He is fluent in Russian and English.
Valentin and partner Rumer Willis won the Mirrorball trophy during the tenth anniversary season of DWTS. Valentin was recently partnered with Tamar Braxton on season 21 of DWTS.