Maxim Kozhevnikov was born as a disabled person, who had the second group of visual sense disability and atelocardia from his childhood. And that was why his parents were not very sure about his successful future. He started his education at the age of 8 in a special boarding school for vision-impaired children. he teaching staff of the school helped Maxim to develop his gifts and flair, his knack for humanity subjects. He tried a lot of things: pyrography, literary classes, rhythmic, folk dance, also he participated in different sport events, like Spartakiad.
After graduating from the prestigious lycee in Nizhny Novgorod, Maxim had two ways: to go on dancing and go to the pedagogical field, or to continue his humanitarian education in the Institute under the patronage of Russian President. He chose the first variant and went to Moscow with his dance partner.
Working as a teacher of additional education and a teacher of rhythmic in several schools, Maxim did his best on his trainings and had a success in Russia and abroad. After some time he fell in love with the choreography, he discovered great artistic skills as an individual dancer and as an artist of Art-dance.
Later the Life made him choose the way again and in 2002, at the age of 27, he moved into the U.S.A. with Yulia Zagoruychenko – his new dance partner.
Maxim Kozhevnikov came into the U.S.A. and World ballroom dancing community with a new status – Professional, – very fast. From the very beginning of his new career, he asserted itself as a new Leader in all competitions. Passing through all difficulties of the emigrant’s life, working hard every day, he had a strong belief in himself, in his work, his projects, his success. In 2002, he got the title of Grand Finalist, being a finalist at all the most prestigious world events, including Blackpool, International, U.K., World and other competitions. Since 2003, Maxim had been winning major titles all over the world, including being 5 times World Professional Latin Show Dance Champion with different dance partners and 7 times U.S. National Professional Show Dance Champion.