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Maksim Chmerkovskiy reunites with Meryl Davis in Instagram pic

Maksim Chmerkovskiy reunites with Meryl Davis in Instagram pic

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10 (UPI) --Maksim Chmerkovskiy posts Instagram selfie with Meryl Davis after sharing breakfast.
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy quits 'Dancing with the Stars'

Maksim Chmerkovskiy quits 'Dancing with the Stars'

NEW YORK, July 29 (UPI) --Maksim Chmerkovskiy has confirmed he is "done dancing" on "Dancing with the Stars."
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Jennifer Lopez celebrates 45th birthday with $100K Southampton bash

Jennifer Lopez celebrates 45th birthday with $100K Southampton bash

NEW YORK, July 25 (UPI) --Jennifer Lopez celebrated her 45th birthday on Thursday along with 100 of her closest friends in Southampton.
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Jennifer Lopez not dating Maksim Chmerkovskiy despite rumors

Jennifer Lopez not dating Maksim Chmerkovskiy despite rumors

LOS ANGELES, June 12 (UPI) --Newly single Jennifer Lopez is not dating "Dancing With the Stars" pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
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Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis wins 'Dancing with the Stars'

Olympic gold medalist Meryl Davis wins 'Dancing with the Stars'

LOS ANGELES, May 21 (UPI) --Meryl Davis and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy have won season eighteen of 'Dancing with the Stars.'
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Julianne Hough angers fans, dancers on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Julianne Hough angers fans, dancers on 'Dancing with the Stars'

LOS ANGELES, April 8 (UPI) -- "Dancing with the Stars" guest judge Julianne Hough's critiques left some fans and dancers angry over Monday night's episode.
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Erin Andrews makes her debut as 'Dancing with the Stars' host

Erin Andrews makes her debut as 'Dancing with the Stars' host

March 18 (UPI) -- Erin Andrews returned to "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday night and made her debut as the series' new host.
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'Dancing With the Stars' unveils Season 18 cast

'Dancing With the Stars' unveils Season 18 cast

NEW YORK, March 4 (UPI) -- ABC has revealed the new "crop of celebrities" that will be getting their sweat on in the upcoming Season 18 of "Dancing With the Stars."
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy to return to 'Dancing with the Stars' for Season 18

Maksim Chmerkovskiy to return to 'Dancing with the Stars' for Season 18

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Maksim Chmerkovskiy is returning to "Dancing with the Stars" after a two-season hiatus.
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Erin Andrews to host 'Dancing With the Stars'

Erin Andrews to host 'Dancing With the Stars'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Erin Andrews will return to 'Dancing With the Stars', this time as a co-host.
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Kate Upton not dating ex Justin Verlander in spite of recent outing together

Kate Upton not dating ex Justin Verlander in spite of recent outing together

Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Kate Upton has not gotten back together with ex-boyfriend Justin Verlander.
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Kate Upton, Maksim Chmerkovskiy split

Kate Upton, Maksim Chmerkovskiy split

Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Kate Upton and Maksim Chmerkovskiy have reportedly ended their six month relationship.
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Kate Upton and Maksim Chmerkovskiy break up

Kate Upton and Maksim Chmerkovskiy break up

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. model Kate Upton and professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy have ended their months-long romance, People.com said Friday.
Jennifer Lopez pays tribute to late Celia Cruz at AMAs [VIDEO]

Jennifer Lopez pays tribute to late Celia Cruz at AMAs [VIDEO]

Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Jennifer Lopez received a standing ovation for her tribute to late Cuban salsa legend Celia Cruz.
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy to be a guest judge on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Maksim Chmerkovskiy to be a guest judge on 'Dancing with the Stars'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy is to serve as a guest judge on an upcoming episode of "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles, ABC said.
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Dancers Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy perform at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Center in Los Angeles on September 20, 2009. UPI /Jim Ruymen
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Maksim Aleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy (Ukrainian: Максим Олекса́ндрович Чмерковський, Maksim Oleksandrovich Chmerkovskiy; Russian: Максим Александрович Чмерковский; born January 17, 1980) is a Latin Ballroom dance champion, choreographer, and instructor. He is best known as one of the professional dancers on the American television series Dancing With The Stars, on which he first appeared in season two.

Born on January 17, 1980 in Odessa to Aleksandr and Larisa Chmerkovskiy, he began dancing at the age of four. His brother, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, is also a champion dancer.

The challenges of immigration for Chmerkovskiy and his family included financial and language barriers. A skiing accident as a child broke Chmerkovskiy's right leg. Doctors informed him that there would be difficulties with his leg and that dancing might not be possible. He made a successful recovery and went on to become a professional Latin Ballroom dancer.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Maksim Chmerkovskiy."
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