updated 06/11/2014 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/11/2014 AT 7:15 PM ET
Does Jennifer Lopez have a new man in her life?
Lopez, 44, met the dancing hunk, 34, through her best friend Leah Remini and her DWTS partner Tony Dovolani, but the two have been taking it slow due to work commitments.
“He danced with her at the [American Music Awards last November] and they kept in touch,” a friend of the singer’s tells PEOPLE.
Says another source who knows both Lopez and Chmerkovskiy: “They are friends and have been talking.”
Indeed, Lopez – and Remini – were on hand for Maksim’s brother Val Chmerkovskiy’s 28th birthday in Los Angeles in late March. Celebrating along the 70 other guests, including Candace Cameron Bure, the singer “drank wine and snacked on pizza” before leaving the festivities at The Redbury Hotel after 1 a.m.
So will the duo be out and about as a full-fledged couple any time soon? “I think they could. Who knows what will happen?” muses the Lopez pal.