National Latin Dance champion. Chmerkovskiy was born in the Ukrainian city of Odessa , in what was then the Soviet Union. The family moved to the United States in In , Maksim and Sasha opened a youth-oriented dance studio in New Jersey, and Valentin was one of the students. In , Valentin and partner Diana Olonetskaya, 15, became the first American dance team to win a world junior championship title.
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He is widely known as one of the professional dancers on the American television series Dancing with the Stars , on which he first appeared in season two. In his 17 seasons as a competing pro on the show, Chmerkovskiy made it to the final round five times, with two runner-up and two third-place finishes. He began dancing at age 4 when Chmerkovskiy's parents enrolled him in a school of aesthetic education. He eventually began competing in ten-dance, which includes both ballroom and Latin dances.
The former Dancing with the Stars pro took second place as Sloth on season 1 of the Fox competition. Maksim Chmerkovskiy has danced with the stars, but as Sloth on The Masked Dancer , he wanted the celebrity treatment. So I wanted to experience that.