I wanted to open my studio somewhere where there was nothing like it and where people would look at it with no preconceived notions." In 2001, Chmerkovskiy had his first major success as an instructor when he helped his brother, Valentin, then 16, and Diana Olonetskaya, 15—became the first U. Following the season 5 finale, Chmerkovskiy reportedly told TV Guide Magazine he would not be returning to the show, something he later told People Magazine he had announced his departure because of stress.Chmerkovskiy did not compete in Season 6, although he and former partner Melanie Brown made an appearance for the 100th episode.The aim of the school was to train children to become young gentlemen or ladies, and the education included manners and ballroom dance.He eventually began competing in ten-dance, which includes both ballroom and Latin dances.
In Solo's book, A Memoir of Hope, she wrote that Chmerkovskiy treated her roughly, once slapping her during a rehearsal. For season 14, he was partnered with actress Melissa Gilbert.Doctors foresaw long-term difficulties and little possibility of a dancing career; however, he recovered and was dancing again six months later.Moving to the United States also gave Chmerkovskiy the opportunity to rededicate himself to dance.During a practice for their jive, May-Treanor ruptured her Achilles tendon and required surgery. On February 9, 2009, Good Morning America announced that he would be paired with Denise Richards for the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars.They were eliminated second in the competition, giving the pair a finish of 12th place.At 15 he began working at a local Russian restaurant, dancing as entertainment.