04:58 PM EDT 08/04/2015
Maks Chmerkovskiy Talks Balancing Work and Love with Girlfriend Peta Murgatroyd, Calls Time Apart 'a Hiccup' Along the Way
Originally posted 08/03/2015 01:50PM
Nobody knows better than Dancing with the Stars favorites Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd that it takes two to tango.
Chmerkovskiy admits that he and Murgatroyd, 29, must make an effort to keep in touch as she travels around the country on this summer's Dancing with the Stars Live! tour. But, says the former pro, a brief time apart is only a small bump in their journey.
"We just decide to not go longer than a couple weeks [without seeing each other]," Chmerkovskiy tells PEOPLE at the 10th anniversary party for Dance with Me, a chain of dance studios that he co-founded. "It's a hiccup in the grand scheme of things. There's a whole life together depending on how you take of yourself."
Chmerkovskiy, 35, says he and his on-again/off-again girlfriend, who have been romantically linked since 2012, could not be happier. "Everything's amazing," he gushed. "She's awesome."
Originally posted 06/02/2015 05:45PM
Val Chmerkovskiy may have recently scored the coveted mirror ball trophy, along with his partner Rumer Willis, as this season's Dancing with the Stars champs, but according to the professional dancer, that experience pales in comparison with the spin he got to take on Tuesday with another champion.
Originally posted 05/19/2015 06:20PM
For all those hoping Maksim Chmerkovskiy will return to Dancing with the Stars, don't hold your breath.
The pro dancer recently revealed in a Glamour magazine interview that he would "definitely not" be returning to the show.
"You have to walk away when the time is right, and the time was right, " he says, adding, "I think the change of guard is necessary."
Originally posted 05/15/2015 12:55PM
They were one of the most classic pairings ever on Dancing with the Stars, with electric chemistry, rumors of off-screen romance and moves that carried them to a third-place finish.
Now, five years later, Erin Andrews recalls meeting Maksim Chmerkovskiy for the first time – and just being terrified.
"When I first met Maks, I broke out in hives because I was like, 'Wow, you really are delicious, and I cannot walk in heels,' " Andrews said Thursday at "An Evening with Dancing with the Stars" – an event at the Paley Center in Los Angeles featuring a panel discussion about the show.
Originally posted 05/13/2015 08:30AM
Dancing with the Stars pros Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were spotted holding hands while leaving the West Hollywood eatery Craig's on Monday night.
Clearly romance was still in the air following DWTS contestant Noah Galloway's on-air proposal earlier that night. Though Murgatroyd, 28, and her partner for this season, Michael Sam, were eliminated in early April, she posted a photo to Instagram last week of herself and Chmerkovskiy, 35, keeping up on DWTS last week.
Originally posted 04/21/2015 03:45PM
Maksim Chmerkovskiy, you're needed back in the ballroom for a very special birthday party!
ABC announced the all-star lineup for its Dancing with the Stars 10th anniversary special planned for April 28. Chmerkovskiy and other fan favorites will return to perform in the episode that will reflect on the show's last decade – and feature its largest opening number ever, with 46 stars.
Nine Mirrorball Trophy winners are scheduled to appear, including season 18 winners Meryl Davis and Chmerkovskiy, 35, and reigning champs Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson. Other performers include Chelsea Kane, Kristi Yamaguchi, Amy Purdy, Maria Menounos, Amber Riley, Melissa Rycroft and Kelly Monaco.
Originally posted 04/08/2015 04:15PM
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis just can't stay away from each other.
The pair, who scored the top prize on Dancing with the Stars in 2014, will be reuniting at his upcoming dance extravaganza, SWAY: A Dance Trilogy, on June 5 and 6 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
"I can't stay away," Chmerkovskiy, 35, tells PEOPLE about his former dance partner. "We love working together. Any opportunity I get to dance with her is welcome."
Originally posted 03/25/2015 07:55PM
There's no doubt the Dancing with the Stars crew knows how to throw a party.
Originally posted 01/23/2015 05:30PM
He's been linked to superstar Jennifer Lopez and model Kate Upton, but turns out Maksim Chmerkovskiy's heart has always belonged to Peta Murgatroyd.
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