Who We Follow: @MaksimC Step by step with Dancing With The Stars' Maks

Photos from <b>Maksim Chmerkovskiy </b>

Maksim Chmerkovskiy made it very clear early on in our talk with him that he’s all about family, when we asked him what his most treasured item is, to which he replied “I don't have an item. I treasure my family.” Case closed.

These days, dancing is a family affair for Maks. He’s touring the country this summer in an autobiographical dance show with his brother Val, while getting ready to marry fellow dancer Peta Murgatroyd.

“I am excited for our summer tour with Val and an opportunity to tell our story, explain how we became who we are and maybe even inspire some people.”

Maksim is best known, of course, for Dancing With the Stars, so now everyone always asks when he will be back to dance, to which he guesses “it’s because I just....kind of....left and I don't see myself ever coming back as a Pro dancer.” Instead he’s taking his show on the road, 46 cities to be exact, across the U.S., as he and his brother are producing/choreographing/starring in an autobiographical dance show "Maks and Val Live: Our Way". According to Maksim, “I am excited for our summer tour with Val and an opportunity to tell our story, explain how we became who we are and maybe even inspire some people.”

While Maksim is keeping busy on the road, Peta will be fully involved in the planning of the wedding, which is fine by Maksim. “Planning my proposal was so stressful that I sort of removed myself from actual planning of the wedding. Right now our plan is to have a big, fun, exciting wedding sometime in July 2017 and, hopefully, my involvement will be limited to showing up on time!”

Maksim has added “entrepreneur” to his resume, with his Dance With Me Studios. He’s proud of the fact that “we are now 7 locations strong and opened our first studio in Southlake, Texas! Looking forward to opening a couple of hundred more as we are trying to make everyone addicted to dance.”

"Through trial and error I understood what looks good on me and by constantly traveling for competitions. Most of us didn't have money to shop in expensive stores, but you can find A LOT of amazing things if you know exactly what looks good on you."

Part of Maksim’s charm is his style, which he describes as trend-driven individualism. We asked him if he has a style icon and he explained “Dancing since I was 4 years old made me maintain a certain physique and spending all those years competing taught me how to flaunt it. I was comfortable enough in my own skin to experiment with designer clothing, colors, fit,etc. Through trial and error I understood what looks good on me and by constantly traveling for competitions. I'd always bring home some fresh, new style from Europe and Asia. My style icons were not individuals per se, but my own peers from other countries. Most of us didn't have money to shop in expensive stores, but you can find A LOT of amazing things if you know exactly what looks good on you."

Maksim’s love of dance and the arts is contagious, so we thought he would be the perfect person to ask if he had an advice for aspiring dancers and artists, and he jumped right in. “Understand what '10,000 hours' means and achieve it! Not one accomplished dancer woke up one day and said: 'Today, I will express myself through dance!' The amount of blood, sweat and tears you exude will dictate the level of success you will achieve. I was never a natural talent. I had to work and work and work on my craft until I was given an opportunity which I was ready for because I worked and worked and worked on my craft! Few quotes I live by: 'If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail','Success is when preparation meets opportunity' and it is not 'Practice makes perfect', but 'Perfect practice makes perfect'!”

“The amount of blood, sweat and tears you exude will dictate the level of success you will achieve. I had to work and work and work on my craft until I was given an opportunity which I was ready for.”

And finally, who are we to stop Maksim if he’d like to talk a little about Fancy? “I was first introduced to Fancy when I was looking at Rolexes on Internet. It is still my dream to get a gold Rolex. I feel like it would be my ultimate 'I did good' present to myself. Until this day I haven't gotten gotten one, but been in love with Fancy ever since.”

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