Charles “Chucky” Klapow is an Emmy award winning choreographer of Disney’s “High School Musical”. For over two decades, Chucky has performed and choreographed for many entertainers in television, film and stage productions all over the world. He just got back from London after spending the past few months as choreographer for The Rolling Stones 50 & Counting tour.
Born in 1980, Chucky began his dancing career age 12, dancing for Patti LaBelle, Celine Dion, Paula Abdul, Salt-N-Pepa, Melissa Etheridge, and others in an all-star concert. By the time he was 15, Charles was an assistant to choreographer and mentor Marguerite Derricks. He assisted Marguerite and danced in Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997), 3rd Rock from the Sun, Fame L.A., among others. Charles created a dance company with choreography partner Wade Robson in the mid-1990s called L.A. Images.
Chucky was brought on board by Kenny Ortega (original “Dirty Dancing” choreographer) to help choreograph “High School Musical” in 2006. Klapow also worked with Ortega and Bonnie Story as a choreographer for the film’s sequels, “High School Musical 2” (which earned Chucky his second Emmy award nomination) and “High School Musical 3: Senior Year.” He can be seen in all of the High School Musical movies as a dancer as well.
Klapow was one of eleven dancers selected by Michael Jackson for his “This Is It” concert tour which was planned to take place at The O2 Arena in London as a 50-show run. On July 7, 2009, after months of rehearsing with Jackson, Chucky took part in his memorial service held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Chucky spent the Summer of 2010 as a TV reality show judge on “Don’t Stop Believing”, the UK’s search for the next all-singing, all-dancing group which aired on Channel Five. He has also choreographed for ABC’s “Skating With The Stars” and FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance”.
In November of 2011, Chucky served as choreographer/movement coach for the incomparable Mick Jagger on the Will.I.Am music video “T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)” featuring Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger.
Chucky spent much of 2012 in Australia where he was a judge on “Young Talent Time”, a reality show featuring the best young talent of Australia. He has also judged for reality television in China.