Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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Chmerkovskiy in 2011, photo by

Birth Name: Maksim Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy/Максим Александрович Чмерковский

Place of Birth: Odessa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now Ukraine)

Date of Birth: 17 January, 1980

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Ukrainian (mother)

Maksim Chmerkovskiy is a Soviet-born American Latin–ballroom dance champion, choreographer, instructor, and television personality. He has been a dancer on Dancing with the Stars.

Maksim is the son of Larissa (Eremenko) and Aleksander Chmerkovskiy. His family moved to Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S. in 1994. His father is Jewish. His mother, who is of ethnic Ukrainian background, is Christian. He was raised Jewish. His brother, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, is also a professional dancer.

Maksim is married to New Zealand-born Australian dancer Peta Murgatroyd, with whom he has two children. His brother Valentin is married to professional Latin and ballroom dancer Jenna Johnson.

Maksim’s paternal grandfather was named Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

Maksim’s paternal grandmother was named Sofia. Sofia was born in Odessa.


Maksim’s brother Valentin talks about their paternal grandmother, Sofia –

5 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    His paternal grandparents are Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Sofia.

  2. lelo4 says:

    Despite being half Ukrainian he’s still very dark.

  3. phaedra says:

    He’s cute.

  4. ann says:

    His parents are Aleksander Chmerkovskiy and Larissa Eremenko. So his mother is Ukrainian.

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