Max Chmerkovskiy (born January 17, 1980) is a Ukrainian-American Latin–ballroom dance champion, choreographer, and instructor. He is widely known as one of the former 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. On May 20, 2014, Chmerkovskiy, paired with Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis, and won his first Dancing with the Stars title. Max has also starred in the Broadway productions of dance shows “Burn the Floor” and “Forever Tango”. He now travels the United States, operating and teaching throughout his 14 dance studios in his franchise “Dance with Me”.