Dmitry Chaplin

Dmitry Chaplin

Ohio Star Ball Latin Finalist 2005
U.S. National Finalist 2006

Style: Latin
Nationality: Russian
Based in: Los Angeles
Status: Not Currently Competing

Dmitry's ballroom dancing career began at the age of 12 in his home town of Rostov on-Don in Russia. His perfect combination of technique and performance soon got him noticed by judges and teachers in Russia.

After moving to the United States his commitment to dance brought him to work with some of the best coaches in the ballroom world, including Louis Van Amstel and Shirley Ballas. After intense studying in both America and the United Kingdom, Dmitry began representing the U.S. at famous ballroom competitions around the world as one of the best dancers in the Under 21 division. Dmitry's presence on the dance floor soon became noticed and his position in the ballroom world began to grow.

In 2006, Dmitry's dance career took a different course when he joined the cast of the hit TV show "So You Think You Can Dance". He became one of the Top 10 dancers, representing the ballroom world and establishing himself as an audience favorite. In the following season, Dmitry was invited back to choreograph for the show both in the U.S and for its international versions. He has received much praise for his ballroom routines around the world.

Dmitry became the winner in the 2002 English Open Championships and a semi-finalist in the 2003 International Open to the World.

That same year, Dmitry became the Open to the World Grandprix Champion (held in Tokyo) and was a semi finalist in the Dutch Open World Championships. In 2006 he was invited to represent the United States in the U.S. National Championships where he became a finalist.

Dmitry no longer competes but judges dance competitions around the country and the world.

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