Artem Chigvintsev was born in Russia on 12 June 1982. He inherited his love of dance from his mother, taking dance classes from a young age. Winning numerous dance competitions in Russia he moved away at 15 togain more training in Germany, Italy and England.
Artem arrived in Los Angeles in 2004 and in addition to appearing as a contestant on the first series of 'So You Think You Can Dance' undertook various acting and choreography roles, appearing in 'The O.C.', the 80th Oscars ceremony, choreographing series two of 'So You Think You Can Dance', and being one of the professional dancers on the US version of Strictly - 'Dancing With The Stars'. Artem joined the company of a major touring dance show and travelled extensively performing on Broadway and in the West End.
In 2010, Artem joined the line up of professional dancers for series eight of 'Strictly Come Dancing', going on to win the series with his celebrity partner Kara Tointon. In 2011 he was partnered with actress Holly Valance and they made it through to week 11 of the ninth series of Strictly.
Artem has toured with the Strictly Come Dancing arena tour first in 2011 being partnered with Kara Tointon and in 2012 with Nancy Dell'Ollio. Artem also choreographed for the second series of 'So You Think You Can Dance' on BBC One.
Artem is in the Guinness Book of Records, having taken part in the 'It Takes Two' challenge for the most botofogo steps in 30 seconds and managed 79 - a new world record.
Artem lives with his partner Kara Tointon and their two Pixie-Bob cats in North London.
Of Strictly, Artem says "performing on Strictly is indescribable, it is everything a dancer could wish for", and on performing live he says "performing to a live audience is the ultimate experience for a dancer, their reaction to the dance is what makes it so special."
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