Moving to the United States also gave Chmerkovskiy the opportunity to rededicate himself to dance.
At 15 he began working at a local Russian restaurant, dancing as entertainment.
Videos of the proposal, posted by an audience member, quickly surfaced.
Love always wins @maksimc," the dancer captioned an intimate photo of the couple in a deep kiss.
With partner Elena Grinenko, whom Chmerkovskiy competed with from 2002-2005, Chmerkovskiy achieved the rank of 2nd in the United States and 7th in the world among professional international Latin couples.He eventually began competing in ten-dance, which includes both ballroom and Latin dances.As a child Chmerkovskiy also participated in tennis, soccer, and swimming.Chmerkovskiy and May-Treanor were forced to withdraw from the competition in Week 3.During a practice for their jive, May-Treanor ruptured her Achilles tendon and required surgery. On February 9, 2009, Good Morning America announced that he would be paired with Denise Richards for the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars.Chmerkovskiy said he chose New Jersey because there was a plethora of dance studios that he disliked already established in Brooklyn.The studio relocated a few times until it ended up in Saddle Brook, New Jersey.Chmerkovskiy did not compete in Season 6, although he and former partner Melanie Brown made an appearance for the 100th episode.He returned for the show's seventh season, this time paired with two-time Olympic volleyball gold medalist, Misty May-Treanor.Adelman, 37, reportedly called it quits because his former fiancée holds “different family values.” To add insult to injury, Adelman says Smirnoff’s allegedly questionable behavior toward male dancers left him feeling uncomfortable.A rep for Smirnoff told TMZ that Adelman’s comments are “disrespectful and insulting to the entire dance community” and it’s “nothing less than an attempted smear campaign from a malicious person.” This is Smirnoff’s third failed engagement.