Ballroom dancers Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy – better known as Maks and Val to their legions of "Dancing with the Stars" fans – are bringing their brother act to West Palm Beach.
"Maks and Val On Tour: Our Way" comes to the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts June 19. The show is co-choreographed and co-created by the two Ukraine-born ballroom champions and tells the story of their lives from immigrating with their family to Brooklyn in 1994 to fame on ABC-TV's "Dancing with the Stars" competition.
"It's about everything, training and life lessons," Maks says in a telephone interview. "It's a story that we hope will inspire a lot of people without exposing too much and airing dirty laundry."
Maks was on "DWTS" for 14 seasons, leaving the show after his win in 2014. Val joined the TV competition for Season 13 in 2011.
In addition to the Chmerkovskiys, the cast of this road tour includes 10 other commercial ballroom dancers. "Maks and Val On Tour: Our Way" is a combination of things. First, it's a dance show re-staging seminal choreography moments from their performances in ballroom as children and then Latin Ballroom champions as young adults. Secondly, it's a play telling their from-the-Ukraine-to-Hollywood story and commitment to ballroom.
"We have been working our whole career to create this," Val says. "You work to put yourself in this position, building relationships to realize your dream. And that's what happened. We realized our dream. The show…is extremely therapeutic for us. I'm so inspired. I've never been so inspired ever before as a dancer. The more we [were] working on it in the studio, the more it became more than my own expectations, not just focusing on dance steps, but telling a story, and acting."
The brothers recently delved into acting with an appearance on Netflix's "Fuller House."
"When I left 'Dancing with the Stars' I sort of saw myself leaving dance period and move on to another outlet in my life," Maks says. "When I stopped dancing regularly was when I realized how much I missed it because it provides so much self expression. Psychologically…I have to have a way to self express. I have found acting to be that. It's very therapeutic. I love studying. We have both taken lessons and continue to do so."
Val adds, "For me dance has always been about storytelling. There's so much story telling with the body language. In a way I guess I've been acting my whole life."
"Maks and Val On Tour: Our Way" will be June 19 at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets cost $25-$100. To order, call 561-832-7469 or go to Kravis.org/maksva