Driton ‘Tony’ Dovolani
With over 20 years dancing experience and several championship titles under her belt, Emmy nominated professional dancer Cheryl Burke, has tangoed and sambaed her way into the hearts of millions through the hit ABC television show Dancing with the Stars and recently became the show’s first professional dancer to appear in the finals seven times and the semi-finals ten times, becoming champion twice with Emmitt Smith in Season 3 and Drew Lachey in Season 2.
A Bay Area native, Cheryl first began dancing at the age of six, taking ballet lessons and performing throughout the Bay Area. At 10, she discovered what would be her winning talent, ballroom dancing, and decided to hang up her ballet shoes to begin training in both Standard and Latin ballroom dancing. By the age of 13, Cheryl was traveling and competing throughout the world.
Burke has used her appearance on Dancing with the Stars as a stepping-stone to propel her career into different avenues. In the spring of 2008 Cheryl opened her first dance studio, the highly successful Cheryl Burke Dance, which is located in Mountain View, CA. In early 2011 Cheryl’s biography Dancing Lessons: How I Found Passion and Potential on the Dance Floor and in Life was released and currently there are plans in place for a second non-fiction book penned by Cheryl.
Initially, Cheryl was scouted by ABC reps at a dance competition and was recruited to be the professional dance partner for dancing novice Drew Lachey. Now countless doors have opened for her with guest performer public appearances, talk show appearance, and several exclusive Hollywood events. She has even dabbled with acting playing the role of a bespectacled awkward and shy nurse who blossoms into a ballroom sensation, on the Disney show, Suite Life with Zack and Cody.
In 2015 Cheryl is set to launch her own clothing line with home shopping giant QVC as her retail partner. The line of active wear and workout attire will debut in January and feature items that are designed to fit the active lifestyle of the average woman. Currently in development on several unscripted television show concepts that she will also produce, Burke has turned an initial reluctance to appear on television into a growing empire.
Cheryl has been named one of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful and often appears on Maxim Magazine’s Hot 100 List. In 2008, Burke was awarded an Asian Excellence Award and in 2010, she made a much talked about appearance in the music video for Ne-Yo’s Camera Phone. In additional to her onscreen roles, Burke is a noted motivational speaker. Having been publically attacked about her weight and battling body image issues her entire life, Burke often speaks at medical conferences, women’s conventions and to school age children about self-esteem and having healthy body image issues
For Cheryl, dancing is a way of life. It provides a medium for her to express her inner feelings and passions all while maintaining focus and composure during extremely high-pressure situations. It is dancing that has made her such a competitor, both on and off the floor, and made her strive for perfection in anything that she sets out to do.
Dmitry Chaplin is recognized as one of the most distinguished Ballroom Dancers and Choreographers in The United States and around the World. A Star Professional on “Dancing With The Stars,” an EMMY Nominated Choreographer for his work on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and is one of America’s favorite dancers.
Dmitry’s Ballroom dancing career began at the age of 12 in his hometown of Rostov–on-Don in Russia. He moved to the United States in 1999 and after studying both in America and the United Kingdom, he began representing the United States at many world famous ballroom competitions. Dmitry won many of titles, becoming a National Finalist in 2006, and ultimately a semi-finalist and finalist in prestigious International global competitions.
In 2006, Dmitry’s dance career took a different course - he won a place on the FOX hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” and became one of America’s Top 10 dancers. He soon established himself as a favorite America and all around the World. This led to offers and invitations to choreograph and perform not only in the USA but many in Countries generating even more critical acclaim.
After a series of guest performances on “American Idol,” Dmitry was invited as a ‘special guest’ to dance with Gloria Estefan on the phenomenal and EMMY winning episode “Idol Gives Back.” Numerous TV offers followed, leading to special guest appearances on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly, Larry King Live, KTLA news, The View and many more.
2009 was a milestone year for Dmitry when he choreographed an Argentinean Tango on “So You Think You Can Dance”. This earned him an EMMY Nomination for best choreography. That same year, Dmitry also became Runner Up Champion in “Dancing With The Stars” with his partner Mya, receiving a record breaking number of votes making him one of the most popular dancers on the show.
Dmitry headlined the Vegas spectacular show “Dancing with The Stars – Live!” and during this time made frequent guest appearances on TV and choreographing on SYTYCD and Dancing With The Stars. He was invited to perform and guest teach at many prestigious conventions and industrials, which he still does today when he has time. He was invited to headline the new live tour of “Ballroom With A Twist” and makes frequent appearances with them all over the United States.
Last year, 2013, proved to be the next exciting stage in Dmitry’s career. He was not only invited to choreograph an entire episode of the FOX hit show “BONES” but seeing him work the Producers offered him the Guest Star roll of Kendrick Mantorov, the suspect, in the premier episode of the Season. It was the highest rating show of “Bones” that year.
Dmitry has been invited back to choreograph for the forthcoming seasons of “Dancing With The Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance”. At the start 2014 Dmitry Guest Starred on the hit ABC Family show “Baby Daddy” where he played the role of Vladimir the Ballroom expert and once again choreographed the entire episode, to be aired later this year.
Balancing a career that combines acting, dancing, choreographing, teaching, personal appearances on TV, at events and conventions across America, Dmitry is in constant demand all around the world. His high profile TV appearances have made him a highly sought after personality and has become an inspiration and motivator to many young people and future stars who, through his example, are given hope that their dreams can become real.