( Dmitry Alexandrovich Chaplin
) is an International Latin dancer
and an Emmy Nominated choreographer, best known for being a Top 10 finalist on the TV show So You Think You Can Dance
. He was famous for constantly performing shirtless, with one solo routine having him rip off his shirt.
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
, New York for one semester.
Chaplin partnered with Heidi Groskreutz
and was a national finalist in US National Amateur Dancesport
Championships in Provo
that occurred on March 11, 2006. 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
So You Think You Can Dance
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,
The judges generally rated his dancing positively, but call-in votes still... Read More