Kate Upton dating Maksim Chmerkovskiy?

Updated: Sep 30, 2013, 09:10 AM IST

Los Angeles: Model Kate Upton has sparked dating rumors with dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy after the duo were spotted walking hand in hand.

The 21-year-old model and Chmerkovskiy, 33, were pictured looking relaxed and happy while strolling down the street in New York City`s West Village neighborhood, reported E! Online.

Earlier in July, the duo were spotted in NYC going on a dinner date together after an event.

"The two did not want to be photographed together and did the best they could to avoid the cameras. They left the event around midnight and went to Catch sushi bar, that turns into a club. The two partied until the early hours," a source said.

Chmerkovskiy shot to fame by being one of the professional dancers on the American television series `Dancing with the Stars`.

Upton has previously been linked with Blake Griffin, Mark Sanchez and Justin Verlander.