Val Chmerkovskiy And Maksim Chmerkovskiy
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Chmerkovskiy was born January 17, 1980, in Odessa , Ukrainian SSR to parents Aleksandr "Sasha" Chmerkovskiy and Larisa Chmerkovskaya.   He has a younger brother, Valentin Chmerkovskiy (born 1986), who is also a professional dancer.  His father is Jewish , and his mother is Christian, and he has described himself as Jewish.