Dmitry Chaplin

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Dmitry Chaplin
Born (1982-07-14) July 14, 1982 (age 31)
Rostov-on-Don, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Occupation Ballroom Dancer
Height 6'1"

Dmitry Chaplin (Дмитрий Александрович Чаплин Dmitry Alexandrovich Chaplin) is a Russian dancer and Emmy nominated choreographer, best known for being a Top 10 finalist on the TV show So You Think You Can Dance (Season 2). He was famous for performing shirtless, with one solo routine having him rip off his shirt.

Biography[edit]

Chaplin was born in Rostov-on-Don, on July 14, 1982 in Russia. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from School #8 in Rostov-on-Don, and Minnetonka High School in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and attended Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York for one semester.

Ballroom Dance[edit]

Chaplin partnered with Heidi Groskreutz and was a national finalist in US National Amateur Dancesport Championships in Provo, Utah that occurred on March 11, 2006.[1] His dancing coach since 2004 has been Louis van Amstel, who was partnered with actress Lisa Rinna on the U.S. show Dancing with the Stars that time.

So You Think You Can Dance[edit]

In 2006, Chaplin was part of the top 20 cast on Season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance. His dance style was categorized as extremely masculine, and several episodes of the show featured parodies with other male contestants seeking Chaplin's advice.

As a recurring theme, Chaplin would expose his chest while dancing; during one of his later performances, he deliberately teased the judges with an ending where he kept his shirt on.

Chaplin has stated,

For the audience, it's kind of awkward to see my shirt open all the time, but as a ballroom dancer I always compete with open shirts. This is the custom. It's not like I just decided to come on the show and undress.

The judges generally rated his dancing positively, but call-in votes still repeatedly placed him in the bottom three couples each week. Two of his first partners, Joy Spears, Aleksandra Wojda were eliminated consecutively, and a third Ashlee Nino after only two weeks together, so he was labeled as being cursed. Chaplin was partnered with Donyelle Jones during the July 19 show, when all the contestants switched partners. On the results show of July 20, it was revealed that Donyelle had "beaten the curse", but Chaplin was unable to beat it himself; he was eliminated along with Martha Nichols.[2]

Chaplin earned a place on the Season 2 U.S. live tour, and performed before sold out audiences with his fellow finalists.

For Season 3, Chaplin made an appearance as Mary Murphy's assistant for the Latin dance portion of the Las Vegas eliminations.

On May 3, 2007, Chaplin made a special performance before the results were announced on the So You Think You Can Dance (Malaysia, Season 1).

On July 25, 2007, Chaplin, assisted by Heidi Groskreutz, choreographed a Samba routine for contestants Lacey Schwimmer and Danny Tidwell.

On July 23, 2008, for Season 4, Chaplin choreographed an Argentine Tango routine for contestants Chelsie Hightower and Joshua Allen which earned him an Emmy nomination.

On August 7, 2008, Chaplin partnered judge Mary Murphy in a surprise Samba on the Season 4 finale.

October,2008 (So You Think You Can Dance Holland), Dmitry Chaplin choreographed a Samba routine for contestants Sigourney and Ivan.

October,2008 (So You Think You Can Dance Holland), Chaplin choreographed a Rumba routine for contestants Annemiek and Timor.

On October 29, 2008, Chaplin choreographed a Samba routine for contestants of So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Vincent-Oliver Noiseux and Lisa Auguste.

On November 5, 2008, Chaplin choreographed a Jive routine for contestants of So You Think You Can Dance Canada, Izaak Smith and Kaitlyn Fitzgerald.

On December 5, 2008, Dmitry Chaplin choreographed a Paso Doble routine for Top 4 contestants of Танцюють Всi (Ukrainian So You Think You Can Dance), Alexander Ostanin and Mariyam Turkmenbaev.

After So You Think You Can Dance[edit]

After the So You Think You Can Dance Tour, Dmitry moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in show business. He has also taught dance classes at Mary Murphy's Champion Ballroom Academy.[3]

On June 30, 2007, Dmitry was the only So You Think You Can Dance participant to appear on the Reality All-Stars fund raising event.

In March 2008 he served as a judge at the Broadway Dreams Dance Competition in Niagara Falls, Canada.

On April 9, 2008, Dmitry performed together with professional dancer Fabienne Liechti in the Idol Gives Back fund-raiser on Fox's American Idol.

Chaplin was selected to be a professional on season 8 of Dancing with the Stars. While he was originally supposed to have Jewel as his celebrity partner, she withdrew because of fractured tibias in both legs; his partner ended up being Holly Madison. Madison and Chaplin were eliminated in the fourth week of the competition. This was not, however, Chaplin's first DWTS appearance: when Aretha Franklin appeared as a guest performer in season 7, Chaplin performed a routine with other DWTS performers Karina Smirnoff, Anna Trebunskaya, and Louis van Amstel. Chaplin finished in 2nd place in season 9 of Dancing with the Stars with singer, Mýa. He recently competed on season 12 of Dancing with the Stars with supermodel Petra Němcová. They were the fourth couple eliminated on April 19, 2011.

Dmitry choreographed Chelsie Hightower and Joshua Allen in an Argentine Tango to "A Los Amigos" from the Forever Tango soundtrack in July 2008; a year later he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography.[4]

Dancing With the Stars Performances[edit]

Season Partner Place
8 Holly Madison 11th
9 Mýa 2nd
12 Petra Nemcova 8th

Season 8: Celebrity Partner Holly Madison Average: 17.3 Placed: 11th

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Just Dance" 6 6 6 No Elimination
2 Quickstep/"We Are in Love" 6 6 6 Safe
3 Samba/"Belly Dancer (Bananza)" 5 6 6 Bottom Two
4 Argentine Tango/"Libertango" 5 6 5 Eliminated

Season 9: Celebrity Partner Mýa Average: 27.3 Placed: 2nd

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Viennese Waltz/"Vision of Love"
Cha-Cha-Cha Relay/"Centerfold"
8
Awarded
5
10
8
Points
Safe
2 Jive/"Would You...?" 9 *9 9 Safe
3 Rumba/"Underneath Your Clothes" 10 7 10 Safe
4 Lambada/"Ain't It Funny" 10 8 10 Safe
5 Argentine Tango/"They"
Hustle/"The Hustle"
9
No
9
Scores
9
Given
Safe
6 Jitterbug/"C'mon Everybody"
Mambo Marathon/"Ran Kan Kan"
8
Awarded
7
9
9
Points
Safe
7 Foxtrot/"Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby"
Team Paso Doble/ "I Hate Myself for Loving You"
9
8
7
8
9
8
Safe
8 Quickstep/"Baby Wants a Diamond Ring"
Samba/"Bad Girls"
9
10
10
10
10
10
Safe
9
Semi-finals
Waltz/"Amore e Musica"
Salsa/"La Isla Bonita"
Cha-Cha-Cha/"Fire Burning"
9
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
10
Safe
10
Finals
Paso Doble/"We Will Rock You"
Megamix/"You and Me"/ "Whenever, Wherever" / "Maniac"
Freestyle/"You Can't Stop the Beat"
Jive/"Would You...?"
10
Awarded
9
Awarded
10
30
9
28
10
Points
9
Points
Runner Up

Season 12: Celebrity Partner Petra Němcová Average: 21.2 Placed: 8th

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot/"Don't Know Why" 6 6 6 No Elimination
2 Jive/"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" 6 6 6 Safe
3 Waltz/"You Raise Me Up" 8 9 8 Safe
4 Paso Doble/"Les Voici! Voici La Quadrille!" 8 7 8 Safe
5 Quickstep/"Viva Las Vegas" 7 7 8 Eliminated

Awards and achievements[edit]

Competition results (selected)[edit]

  • Partnered by Heidi Groskreutz
    • Finalists (6th), World Class Latin, 2006 New Jersey Spring Fling
    • Finalists (4th), Latin Championships, U.S. National Amateur Dancesport Championships
    • Runners Up, Open Amateur Latin, Northeastern Open
    • Finalists (3rd), Open Amateur Latin, 2005 Holiday Dance Classic
    • Finalists (6th), Open Amateur Latin, 2005 Ohio Star Ball
    • Runners Up, Open Amateur Latin, 2005 Constitution State Challenge
    • And several other results in adult and youth division championships[5]
  • Partnered by Ilona Mayzenberg
    • Semi-Finalists, 2005 US National Junior and Professional Dancesport Championships
    • Finalists (3rd), Open Amateur Latin, 2004 Holiday Dance Classic
    • And numerous other results in adult and youth division championships[6]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Gilles Marini & Cheryl Burke
Dancing with the Stars (US) runner up
Season 9 (Fall 2009 with Mýa)
Succeeded by
Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya