The couple was eliminated four weeks later, finishing in fifth place.
For season 15, an All-Stars season, Maksim returned to the dance floor with previous partner, Kirstie Alley.
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, won his first Dancing with the Stars title.
The two dance pros, who got engaged last New Year’s Eve, at one time seemed destined to have a litter of Latin ballroom champs in their future. 8, pals said the two were likely headed toward a reconciliation – but not anymore.
Sources tell PEOPLE things came to a head when Chmerkovskiy was made aware of the inordinate amount of time Smirnoff, 31, has been spending off the dance floor with her partner, Aaron Carter, 21. That’s Karina trying to manipulate things to take attention off her and Aaron,” a source says, noting that Chmerkovskiy “had hoped they could work things out.” RELATED: Maks Says ‘It’s Life, You Move On’When asked about the situation, Smirnoff told PEOPLE that she and Chmerkovskiy are “both trying to figure out our lives and work on ourselves. Smirnoff was there with some friends and other costars.
The next week, Alley's shoe fell off during their routine.Doctors foresaw long-term difficulties and little possibility of a dancing career; however, he recovered and was dancing again six months later.Moving to the United States also gave Chmerkovskiy the opportunity to rededicate himself to dance.In the ninth season, he was paired with actress Debi Mazar, during which they were eliminated fourth.Halfway through season 9, Chmerkovskiy partnered Joanna Krupa for one week while Derek Hough was ill.The studio relocated a few times until it ended up in Saddle Brook, New Jersey.He said in 2011 of choosing a New Jersey location, "I didn't want to open a studio that would become just one of the studios in the area. In Season 5 of Dancing with the Stars, he was partnered with Melanie Brown and the couple received second place.The aim of the school was to train children to become young gentlemen or ladies, and the education included manners and ballroom dance.He eventually began competing in ten-dance, which includes both ballroom and Latin dances.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.Chmerkovskiy said he chose New Jersey because there was a plethora of dance studios that he disliked already established in Brooklyn.