Professional dancer and “Dancing with the Stars” performer Artem Chigvintsev has shared some disappointing news for fans of the franchise, who expected to see him on the live tour: that he is stepping away due to health issues.
“My time on tour so far has been wonderful – unfortunately I am having to step away from the tour for a while, due to some unexpected health issues. My goal is to recover as quickly as possible so I can rejoin my cast and crew on this incredible tour. Thank you for your patience and understanding. See you soon, Artem,” he shared on Instagram on January 20, the day before the show’s New Jersey tour date. The tour began on January 7 and runs until late March, per Just Jared. A rep for “DWTS” told People in a statement, “We wish Artem a speedy recovery and look forward to having him back in the show in the very near future.”
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Almost a decade ago, Chigvintsev had to pull out of his 2010 appearance on BBC’s “Strictly Come Dancing” for health reasons also. The dancer had been diagnosed with a spinal fracture, with doctors warning he would be paralyzed if he continued performing, according to Mirror. While it’s still unclear if the two situations are related, Chigvintsev had appeared in good health up until late.