Karina Smirnoff

Karina Smirnoff

For the past six years, Karina Smirnoff has made her mark on primetime television as one of the professional dancers on ABC’s top rated program, Dancing with the Stars. She is the reigning champion, winning Season 13 with her inspirational partner, J.R. Martinez. She came to the series during season three with a plethora of accomplishments including five U.S. National Championships, the U.S. Open, the Asian Open and the U.K. Open. Smirnoff was even ranked number two in the world. In June 2009 she made her Broadway Debut in the show Burn the Floor which opened to rave reviews and sold out performances.

Born and raised in Ukraine, the multi-talented dancer started to study dance when she was a mere five-year-old. Her parents exposed her to a multitude of activities including ice skating, gymnastics, ballet and piano lessons. Ultimately, it was dance that prevailed. She started to compete in ballroom dancing by age 11. Her family’s move to the U.S. when she was a teenager provided her with new opportunities; however, it was her strict training and the discipline gleaned from growing up in Ukraine that provided her with the foundation that she needed to be a successful competitor.

Smirnoff’s skills are not merely physical. She studied diligently at Fordham University in New York and earned two degrees – a B.A. in Economics and in Information Systems Programming.

In December 2010, she released her first fitness DVD, Shape up with Karina Smirnoff. The dance inspired DVD focuses on toning, strengthening & muscle confusion; all with the goal of achieving a dancer’s body. In January 2011, Smirnoff launched the Karina Collection of boots with Bearpaw Shoes that are warm and functional. She has also joined forces with Girlactik Beauty to partner on a Karina brand of cosmetics including, Karina’s Hurry Up & Get Ready look – a quick solution to look party perfect in minutes.

In 2011 Karina opened her first dance studio in Los Angeles, Karina Smirnoff Dance, that incorporates competitive and social classes as well as a scholarship program directly related to her charity Dance Intervention – a division of Alternative Intervention Models.

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