I guess its a matter of opinion who is the better choreographer, Derek or Maks. Maks' choregraphy doesn't center on himself. He plays to his partners strengths and weaknesses. He is just that hot. He could stand there and do nothing and I would drool. Maks also is more of a traditional ballroom dancer. He actually will choregraph the dance to the dance they are suppose to be doing. Half the time when I watch Derek (if I'm not fast forwarding through him) I never see that many elements of what they are suppose to be doing in the dance.
Guess I'm a little more traditional. When the pair are suppose to be doing a cha cha, I want to see a cha cha. I don't want to see a broadway production.
When Derek gets a Kate Gosslin type dancer and still produces the numbers he does then I might be impressed. It is easy to say he is a great choregrapher when he has never had a "challenging" partner to teach.