Hot off the heels of taking home this season's mirror-ball trophy from ABC's “Dancing With the Stars,” Maksim Chmerkovskiy hasn't always been a superstar dancer.
Chmerkovskiy was born on January 17, 1980. At the age of four, his parents brought him to his first dance class. Like many young boys, Chmerkovskiy aspired to be an Olympic swimmer or a soccer player. Competition has always been in Maks' blood. But it, wasn't until his teenage years when dancing became his primary passion.
As a result of his hard work and dedication, Maks has become a renowned choreographer, successful business owner, and a national TV celebrity on “Dancing With the Stars.” He is also the founder of Rising Stars Academy, a dance studio that focuses on the youth and their pursuit of ballroom dance excellence.