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.
Halfway through season 9, Chmerkovskiy partnered Joanna Krupa for one week while Derek Hough was ill.
They ended up coming in third place during the two-hour finale on May 25, 2010.
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.
I wanted to open my studio somewhere where there was nothing like it and where people would look at it with no preconceived notions." In 2001, Chmerkovskiy had his first major success as an instructor when he helped his brother, Valentin, then 16, and Diana Olonetskaya, 15—became the first U. Following the season 5 finale, Chmerkovskiy reportedly told TV Guide Magazine he would not be returning to the show, something he later told People Magazine he had announced his departure because of stress.
Then on May 20, 2014, Chmerkovskiy, paired with Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis, won his first Dancing with the Stars title.