This is Dmitry Chaplin. He will be one of the new professionals on season 8 of ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ Read more about him, see photos and a video below.
Former ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ contestant Dmitry Chaplin will be a first time pro this season on DWTS. His celebrity partner is Jewel.
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*****UPDATE 3/8/08 – Dmitry Chaplin’s partner, pop singer Jewel, had to withdraw from the competition due to injuries sustained while training for the popular dancing reality show. Just who will replace Jewel? Rumors throughout the blogosphere are pointing towards Girl Next Door Holly Madison, who reportedly will be on the season premiere of DWTS Monday, March 9.
Dmitry Alexandrovich Chaplin was born on July 14, 1982 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia so his age is 26. He is an International Latin dancer. He is best known for being a Top 10 finalist on the TV show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ – Season 2 – famously performing shirtless! Dmitry will be a new professional on season 8 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ with his celebrity partner, Jewel.
Dmitry graduated from School #8 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Minnetonka High School in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and attended Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York for one semester dropping out because he wanted to pursue a career as a dancer.
His dancing coach since 2004 has been Louis van Amstel, who was partnered with actress Lisa Rinna in ‘Dancing with the Stars’. In 2006, he partnered with Heidi Groskreutz and was a national finalist in US National Amateur Dancesport Championships in Provo, Utah.
In 2006, Dmitry 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 funny parodies with other male contestants seeking Dmitry’s advice. He also made a guest appearance on Season 3 and has choreographed many of the dances in other seasons.
He currently lives in Los Angeles, California where he teaches dance classes at Mary Murphy’s Champion Ballroom Academy. As mentioned earlier, Dmitry Chaplin will be a new professional on season 8 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ with his celebrity partner, Jewel.
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