Klapow at the Young Talent Time Media Event, Luna Park Sydney, 2012
|Born||July 5, 1980|
|Occupation||Choreographer, dance instructor, dancer|
Charles "Chucky" Klapow (born July 5, 1980) is an American choreographer and dance instructor who has performed and choreographed for various performers and several television and stage productions. He is also known for his teachings of the mental approach to dance. Klapow's mother is Filipino and his father is Russian American.
Life and career
Charles began his dancing career at age 12, dancing for Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion, Sheila E., Salt-N-Pepa, Melissa Etheridge, and others in an all-star concert for the Pediatric AIDS Foundation. This included a dancing spot in the Paula Abdul music video "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah". By the time he was 15, Charles was an assistant to choreographer and mentor Marguerite Derricks. He assisted Marguerite and danced in Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997), 3rd Rock from the Sun, Fame L.A., among others. Charles created a dance company with partner Wade Robson in the mid-1990s called L.A. Images.
In the fall of 2000, Charles Klapow started choreographing for the Swedish pop group the A*Teens. He was their choreographer for music videos including "Floorfiller", "Halfway Around The World", "Sugar Rush", "Can't Help Falling In Love", and "I Promised Myself" as well as their tour director and choreographer from 2001–2003. These tours took Charles to Germany, Sweden and all over the United States, with additional spot dates in Mexico, Spain, Russia, and Denmark.
Ever since the inaugural season of the WNBA Charles has been a choreographer for the "Sparkids", the hip hop squad which performs at all Los Angeles Sparks home games. In 2005, Charles became co-director of the squad under the direction of Christy Buss and he assumed most of the choreography duties for the Sparkids during the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
Chucky was brought on board by Kenny Ortega (Dirty Dancing choreographer) to help choreograph High School Musical (2006), a Disney Channel Original Movie, with Bonnie Story. Very quickly, Ortega became another mentor to Klapow as they quickly developed a working chemistry together. Klapow served with Ortega and Story as a choreographer for the film's sequels, "High School Musical 2" and "High School Musical 3: Senior Year." He can be seen in all High School Musical movies as a dancer and member of the school basketball team as well. He also went on to choreograph the stage and ice tours.
In 2009, Chucky was asked by his mentor Kenny Ortega to be the choreographer for the movie musical remake of Footloose starring Kenny Wormald, and Julianne Hough, which Ortega directed, but Chucky turned it down, so he could fulfill his dreams of dancing with Michael Jackson on his comeback tour in London, which was announced in March. Ironically, Kenny Ortega was set to be the tour director of the shows. Klapow was one of twelve dancers picked for Michael Jackson's This Is It shows at The O2 Arena in London, England, which was set to begin July 13, 2009 through March 6, 2010, and produced by AEG Live. But on June 25, 2009, just eighteen days before the first show, Michael Jackson died of a cardiac arrest. AEG Live cancelled the whole tour.
On July 7, 2009, Chucky took part in the Michael Jackson memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles where days prior to Michael Jackson's death, Chucky, Michael and the whole This Is It crew were rehearsing at the Staples Center in preparations for the London concerts at The O2 Arena. Klapow took part in the performance of Will You Be There performed by Jennifer Hudson, where he, and the original eleven This Is It dancers were back-up dancers for the performance. It is said that this performance was how Michael Jackson was set to perform the song at his London concerts. Kenny Ortega was the director of the memorial service.
Chucky also choreographed Disney's Friends for Change.
Klapow is Filipino-American. His mother is of a Filipino descent. His father has Russian background. His sister, Kimberly Klapow, has appeared with him in all 3 High School Musicals. She also appeared in High School Musical: The Concert as part of the East High basketball team.
|2006||"High School Musical"||Choreographer||Released|
|2007||"High School Musical 2"||Choreographer||Released|
|2008||"High School Musical 3: Senior Year"||Choreographer||Released|
|2009||"Michael Jackson's This Is It"||Himself||Released|
|2012||"Young Talent Time"||Judge||Broadcast Now|
On July 6, 2011, Klapow choreographed Ricky and Ryan's Dance on So You Think You Can Dance. They were zombies who loved fashion.
- 2006 - Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography for "High School Musical" along with Kenny Ortega and Bonnie Story.
- 2007 - Choreography Media Honors Award for "High School Musical" along with Kenny Ortega and Bonnie Story.
- 2007 - Outstanding Contribution to Dance Award from the Tremaine Dance Conventions
- 2008 - Choreography Media Honors Award for "High School Musical 2" along with Kenny Ortega and Bonnie Story.
- 2008 - Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Choreography for "High School Musical 2" along with Kenny Ortega and Bonnie Story.
- 2009 - Astaire Awards nomination for Best Film Choreographer for "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" shared with Kenny Ortega and Bonnie Story.
- 2012 - World Dance Award nomination for Outstanding Choreography Concert/Live Performance with Renee Roca
- 2015 - World Choreography Award for Outstanding Choreography Digital Format along with Paula Abdul, Renee Richie and Nakul Dev Mahajan.