Dmitry Chaplin

Dmitry is recognized as one of the most distinguished ballroom dancers and choreographers in United States and around the world.   A star professional on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and an Emmy-nominated choreographer for his work on FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” Dmitry is one of America’s favorite dance superstars.

During the 2015 Holiday Season, Dmitry performed with “Dancing with the Stars” cast-mate Anna Trebunskaya in Louis Bravo’s “Forever Tango.” Last year saw Dmitry guest starring in the season premiere of TNT’s “Agent X” and appeared on ABC’s “Agent Carter.” 

Dmitry’s ballroom dancing career began at the age of 12 in his hometown of Rostov–on-Don in Russia. He moved to the United States in 1999 and after studying both in America and the United Kingdom, he began representing the United States at many world famous ballroom competitions. Dmitry won many titles, becoming a National Finalist in 2006, and ultimately a semi-finalist and finalist in prestigious international global competitions.

In 2006, Dmitry’s dance career took a different course - he won a place on the FOX hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” and became one of America’s Top 10 dancers.  This led to offers and invitations to choreograph and perform not only in the US but in many other countries, generating even more critical acclaim.

After a series of guest performances on “American Idol,” Dmitry was invited as a ‘special guest’ to dance with Gloria Estefan on the Emmy-winning episode Idol Gives Back.”  Numerous TV offers followed, leading to special guest appearances on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Good Morning America,” “Live with Regis and Kelly,” “Larry King Live,” “KTLA,” “The View” and many more.

2009 was a milestone year for Dmitry when he choreographed an Argentinean tango on “So You Think You Can Dance,” earning him a ‘Best Choreography’ Emmy-nomination. That same year, Dmitry also finished in a close second place on “Dancing with the Stars” with his partner Mya, receiving a record-breaking number of votes, cementing his status as one of the most popular dancers on the show. 

Dmitry headlined the Vegas spectacular “Dancing with the Stars – Live!” and during this time made frequent guest appearances on TV and choreographing on “SYTYCD” and “DWTS” throughout.  He was invited to perform and guest-teach at many prestigious conventions and industrials, which he still enjoys doing today. He was also invited to headline the new live tour of the stage show “Ballroom with a Twist” and makes frequent appearances with them all over the United States.

2013 proved to be the next exciting stage in Dmitry’s career. He was not only invited to choreograph an entire episode of the FOX hit show “Bones”, but after  seeing him at work the producers offered him the guest-starring role of ‘Kendrick Mantorov’, the suspect, in the season premiere. It was the highest-rated “Bones” episode of that year.

In 2014, Dmitry guest-starred on the hit ABC Family show “Baby Daddy” where he played the role of ‘Vladimir the Ballroom Expert’ as well as choreographed the entire episode. Dmitry went on to guest star in ABC’s “Manhattan Love Story” and choreographed for MTV’s “Faking It.” He was also invited back to choreograph for the forthcoming seasons of “SYTYCD” and “DWTS.” 

Balancing a career that combines acting, dancing, choreographing, teaching, personal appearances on TV, at events and conventions across America, Dmitry is in constant demand all around the world. His high profile TV appearances have made him a highly sought after personality and has become an inspiration and motivator to many young people and future stars who, through his example, are given hope that their dreams can become real.