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Working at the restaurant, Chmerkovskiy decided winning competitions as a dancer would be a way to argue for higher pay.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.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.
At 15 he began working at a local Russian restaurant, dancing as entertainment.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.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.Then on May 20, 2014, Chmerkovskiy, paired with Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis, won his first Dancing with the Stars title.
The aim of the school was to train children to become young gentlemen or ladies, and the education included manners and ballroom dance.