Artem Chigvintsev is a professional dancer and reality star. He was born in Izhevsk, Russia before he moved to the United States in 2003, which is when he started dancing with champion ballroom dancer Giselle Peacock, whom he married in 2004. The couple divorced in 2005.
Chigvintsev was a contestant on season 1 of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance in 2005. After he was eliminated in the top eight, Chigvintsev returned for the next season as a guest choreographer. In 2009, he performed in Broadway and West End productions of Burn the Floor, a live dance show. He joined BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2010 as a professional dancer. Chigvintsev, who competed on the show from season 8 to season 11, won in his first year with actress Kara Tointon. He was also the runner-up on season 11 with soap opera star Natalie Gumede.
Chigvintsev left Strictly Come Dancing for ABC’s Dancing With the stars in 2014. He started as a member of DWTS’ dance troupe, professional dancers who perform on the show but are not paired with contestants, on season 18 before he was promoted as a pro in season 19. His first celebrity partner was actress Lea Thompson. The twosome finished in sixth place. For season 25 in 2017, Chigvintsev was paired with wrestler Nikki Bella. The couple, who were eliminated in seventh place, started dating in January 2019. Chigvintsev competed on DWTS from season 19 to season 27.