Chmerkovskiy said he chose New Jersey because there was a plethora of dance studios that he disliked already established in Brooklyn.
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.
The next week, Alley's shoe fell off during their routine.
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba called Alley "The Queen of the Unexpected Mishap." In April the show aired a rehearsal outtake of Chmerkovskiy giving a monologue which resulted in him often being referred to as "sex on a stick." For season 13, he was partnered with Hope Solo and they finished in fourth place.
They were eliminated second in the competition, giving the pair a finish of 12th place.
In the ninth season, he was paired with actress Debi Mazar, during which they were eliminated fourth.
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.
At age 13, he broke his right leg in a skiing accident and had a titanium rod put in to stabilize his leg.
Doctors foresaw long-term difficulties and little possibility of a dancing career; however, he recovered and was dancing again six months later.
She was rushed to the hospital and was unable to be at the results show the following night. Chmerkovskiy also suffered an injury, pulling a muscle in his shoulder.