Dmitry Chaplin

Dmitry Chaplin


7/14/1982, Rostov-on-Don, Russia

Birth Name


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out of 10
User Rating
18 votes


Dmitry started to dance when he was fourteen years old and he has trained with some of the top dancers in England from 2002 to 2006. Originally from Russia, Chaplin is a national finalist in ballroom dancing.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Dmitry was in the audience for the performance show of So You Think You Can Dance on Wednesday, July 25th, as he choreographed the samba that Lacey and Danny did together; he was also present for the finale on August 16, 2007.

    • Dmitry lists that his most memorable dance experience was making it into the Miami Open final.

    • Dimitry started to dance when he was 14 years old.

    • Although he was living on the east coast at the time, Dmitry did not audition for So You Think You Can Dance on the east coast; he missed that audition so that he (and co-contestant Heidi Groskreutz) could compete in the National Amateur Ballroom Dance Championships. Both Dmitry and Heidi auditioned for the show in South Carolina instead.

    • The host of So You Think You Can Dance revealed in the finale that Dmitry had had a fling with co-contestant Natalie Fotopoulos.

    • He likes to play the guitar and go to martial arts classes (Wing Chun Kung-Fu).

    • Dmitry's current coach is Louis Van Amstel (from Dancing with the Stars) former world champion and Tonya Garamela.

  • Quotes

    • (about his constantly open shirts)
      Dmitry: For the audience, it's kind of awkward to see my shirt open all the time, but as a ballroom dancer I always compete with open shirts. This is the custom. It's not like I just decided to come on the show and undress.

  • Great dancer/teacher.

    Nice guy.
  • Does that shirt have any buttons?

    Dmitry was a dancer in the top 10 on So You Think You Can Dance, season 2, and this review is based on his performance there.

    Dmitry definitely stood out from the crowd in the beginning; he was tall, dark, and handsome. His accent didn't hurt any, either. But as far as the dancing goes... well, he didn't really stand out there, unless it was for the wrong things.

    He was good when it came to ballroom dance styles. That's not a surprise, because that's his specialty. But the other styles... well, he did okay, but not great. And then he started to stand out for another reason... he kept being in the bottom three and losing his partners.

    Was it his fault or the girls' fault? I don't know, but he went through three partners in three weeks. He managed to stay in by getting a large fan base who were enamoured with his chest. See, that was the other thing he was known for... ripping open his shirt in his solos, which he had numerous chances to perform. It became a joke, and remained one even after Dmitry left.

    Was he a good dancer? Yes. Was he a great dancer? I don't think so.moreless