Karina Smirnoff

Hot-blooded Karina Smirnoff, the resident bombshell of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ) was born in the Ukraine before making her way to America with her family at the age of 12. At the age of five, she was given ... Read more »
Born: 01/02/1978 in Kharkivs'ka Oblast', UA

Filmography

Actor (15)

Celebrity Ghost Stories 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 2005 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Family Feud 2015 (Tv Show)

Contestant

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars: The Encore 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars: The Story So Far 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Performer

Undateable 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

A Holiday Celebration at Ford's Theater 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Bravo's A-List Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

2007 NCLR Alma Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Shall We Dance? 2004 (Movie)

Link's Pouty Dance Partner (Actor)

Biography

Hot-blooded Karina Smirnoff, the resident bombshell of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ) was born in the Ukraine before making her way to America with her family at the age of 12. At the age of five, she was given ballet lessons and by nine years old, was introduced to ballroom dancing, immediately falling in love with it. After high school, she graduated from Fordham University but put her academic studies on hold to pursue her ballroom dancing career in the United Kingdom. Karina and her former partner Slavik Kryklyvyy shared tremendous success winning the U.S. Championships and many other world titles and were ranked second in the world in the Latin division. Among her other achievements were Five-time U.S. National Champion, World Trophy Champion and Asian Open Champion

Relationships

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Actor

Companion
Both appeared as professional competitors on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" Began dating in summer 2008 Announced engagement on Dec. 31, 2008 Broke up in September 2009

Mario Lopez Actor

Companion
Met 2006 when they were partnered together on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" Announced split June 2008

Brad Penny

Companion
Began dating in October 2009 Engaged Oct. 4, 2010

Milestones

2011

Won the 13th season of "Dancing with the Stars" with celebrity partner J.R. Martinez

2007

Guest starred on the Disney Channel series "Hannah Montana"

2006

Representing Russia, won first place at the 2006 Grand-Prix Dynamo in Moscow with partner Dmitri Timokhin

2006

Joined the cast of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" with celebrity partner Mario Lopez; placed second in the competition

2004

Feature acting debut in the U.S. remake of "Shall We Dance," starring Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez

1999

Represented the U.S. in various dance competitions with partner Louis van Amstel

1992

Moved to the U.S.

1983

Began taking ballet lessons at the age of five

Began her professional dancing career in the mid-1990s

Bonus Trivia

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Smirnoff posed nude in the May 2011 issue of Playboy magazine. She also bared it all in a PETA ad campaign, with the tagline "I'd rather dance naked than wear fur."

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