Artem Chigvintsev

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Artem Chigvintsev
BornАртём Чигвинцев
(1982-06-12) 12 June 1982 (age 32)
Izhevsk, Udmurt Republic, RSFSR, Soviet Union
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
London, England, UK
NationalityRussian
OccupationDancer
Years active2003–present
TelevisionSo You Think You Can Dance
Strictly Come Dancing (2010–13)
Dancing with the Stars (2014–)
Spouse(s)Giselle Peacock (m. 2004; div. 2005)
Partner(s)Carrie Ann Inaba (2006–08)
Kara Tointon (2010–14)
 
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Artem Chigvintsev
BornАртём Чигвинцев
(1982-06-12) 12 June 1982 (age 32)
Izhevsk, Udmurt Republic, RSFSR, Soviet Union
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
London, England, UK
NationalityRussian
OccupationDancer
Years active2003–present
TelevisionSo You Think You Can Dance
Strictly Come Dancing (2010–13)
Dancing with the Stars (2014–)
Spouse(s)Giselle Peacock (m. 2004; div. 2005)
Partner(s)Carrie Ann Inaba (2006–08)
Kara Tointon (2010–14)

Artem Chigvintsev (Russian: Артём Чигвинцев; born 12 June 1982)[citation needed] is a Russian professional dancer, specialising in Latin dancing.[1]

Chigvintsev was born at Izhevsk, Udmurt Republic, RSFSR, Soviet Union. 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 he is 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[edit]

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, defeating Matt Baker and his partner Aliona Vilani, and being crowned series champions for 2010.[5] Chigvintsev is one of four 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 was former Coronation Street star Natalie Gumede, who played Kirsty Soames. They reached the finals and became one of the runners-up, along with Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton, losing to model Abbey Clancy.

SeriesCelebrity partnerPlace
8Kara Tointon1st
9Holly Valance4th
10Fern Britton10th
11Natalie Gumede2nd


Series 8: with celebrity partner Kara Tointon[edit]

Series 9: with celebrity partner Holly Valance[edit]

Series 10: with celebrity partner Fern Britton[edit]

Series 11: with celebrity partner Natalie Gumede[edit]

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

In 2014, after competing on the eleventh series of Strictly, Chigvintsev appeared in the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars as a member of the Dance Troupe. Later that year, it was announced that Chigvintsev had been promoted to professional dancer for the show's 19th season, marking his exit from Strictly Come Dancing.[7]

He is paired, for season 19, with actress Lea Thompson.

SeasonPartnerPlaceAverage
19Lea Thompson

With celebrity partner Lea Thompson (Average: ):

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanHoughTonioli
1Foxtrot / "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)"8888Safe
2Jive / "Land of a Thousand Dances"9899Safe
3Cha-Cha-Cha / "The Power of Love"78188Safe
4Contemporary / "Dance with My Father"10921010Safe
53Broadway /No Elimination


1 Score given by guest judge Kevin Hart in place of Goodman.

2 The American public scored the dance in place of Goodman with the averaged score being counted alongside the three other judges.

3This week only, for "Partner Switch-Up" week, Thompson performed with Valentin Chmerkovskiy instead of Chigvinstev. Chigvintsev performed with Janel Parrish.

So You Think You Can Dance[edit]

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[edit]

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]

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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
Preceded by
Kimberley Walsh & Pasha Kovalev
Denise Van Outen & James Jordan
Strictly Come Dancing Runner-Up
(with partner Natalie Gumede)

Series 11 (2013)
Succeeded by
Current