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Artem Chigvintsev

Artem Chigvintsev
Born Артём Чигвинцев
(1982-06-12) 12 June 1982 (age 32)
Izhevsk, Udmurt Republic, RSFSR, Soviet Union
Residence L.A., U.S.A. and England
Nationality Russian
Occupation Dancer
Television So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, Strictly Come Dancing
Spouse(s) Giselle Peacock (2004-05; divorced)
Partner(s) Carrie Ann Inaba (2006-08)
Kara Tointon (2010-present)

Artem Chigvintsev (Russian: Артём Чигвинцев; born 12 June 1982) is a Russian professional dancer, born at Izhevsk, Udmurt Republic, RSFSR, Soviet Union, specialising in Latin dancing.[1]

He moved to the United States in 2003, and began dancing with champion ballroom dancer Giselle Peacock, who became his wife. Chigvintsev auditioned to appear as a contestant on the first series of So You Think You Can Dance.[2] Chigvintsev was eliminated alongside his fellow contestant Melissa Vella,[3] and returned as a guest choreographer for season two.[2]

He also appeared on Dancing with the Stars and toured with the Dancing with the Stars live show though they are probably best known for competing on Strictly Come Dancing.

Chigvintsev joined the cast of Burn The Floor. He performed both on Broadway and more recently in the West End.

Strictly Come Dancing

In September 2010, Chigvintsev joined Strictly Come Dancing series 8 as a professional dancer, where he was partnered with actress Kara Tointon.[4] The pair achieved good scores in the first five weeks of 30, 32, 31, 32, and 37. In week 5, they were awarded the first 10 of the series by Alesha Dixon for their paso doble. In week 6 they were top of the leaderboard with their salsa. They also had good scores for the next five weeks of 36, 38, 35, 34, and 38. In week 11, they got their highest score of 39 for the Viennese Waltz and Rumba and got the maximum 5/5 for the swing-a-thon. Chigvintsev and Tointon made it to the final along with Matt Baker and Pamela Stephenson. The pair went on to win the competition, beating Matt Baker and his partner Aliona Vilani into second place to be crowned series champions for 2010 .[5] Chigvintsev is one of three professionals to win the series as a first time Strictly pro.

After their victory it was announced by Tointon that she and Chigvintsev were now in a relationship.[6]

In 2011's Strictly Come Dancing season 9 Chigvintsev was partnered with Holly Valance. He and Valance made it to Week 11, the Semi-Finals, before being eliminated.

Chigvintsev's celebrity partner in the tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing was television presenter Fern Britton. They were eliminated in Week 6.

His celebrity partner in the eleventh series of Strictly Come Dancing is former Coronation Street star Natalie Gumede who played Kirsty Soames

So You Think You Can Dance

In 2011, Chigvintsev was a choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance (UK series 2). He choreographed a Viennese Waltz to "She's Always a Woman" by Billy Joel for Katie Love & Luke Jackson. He choreographed a Cha-Cha-Cha to "Judas" by Lady Gaga for Bethany Rose Harrison & Lee Bridgman. For the final, he choreographed a Tango to "I've Seen That Face Before (Libertango)" by Grace Jones for Katie Love & Luke Jackson.

Other work

In 2011, Chigvintsev acted the part of lead choreographer in the CBeebies Christmas Pantomime, Cinderella.

Chigvintsev has also appeared in an episode of the TV show The O.C. and in the movie I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.[2]


External links

  • Curtis Brown
  • Internet Movie Database
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Preceded by
Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan
Strictly Come Dancing Champion
(with partner Kara Tointon)

Series 8 (2010)
Succeeded by
Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani
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