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 eventually began competing in ten-dance, which includes both ballroom and Latin dances.
Chmerkovskiy returned for season 25, and was paired with television personality Vanessa Lachey.
They were eliminated on week 7 of the competition, in a double elimination and finished in seventh place.
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.
For season 15, an All-Stars season, Maksim returned to the dance floor with previous partner, Kirstie Alley.
In week 1, they received the second-lowest score, 19.
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.
Chmerkovskiy and May-Treanor were forced to withdraw from the competition in Week 3.