Fast Facts

  • At age 12, she immigrated to the U.S. with her family.
  • Studied ballet and figure skating before taking up ballroom dancing.
  • At Fordham, she majored in economics and information system programming. 
  • Has won numerous dance competitions, including the UK Open and the U.S. Open.
  • Coached Richard Gere in the 2004 film Shall We Dance? and also played a small role.
  • Posed nude for Playboy in May 2011.
  • Won season 13 of Dancing With the Stars with celebrity partner J.R. Martinez.


  • Brad Penny — Ex-fiancé
  • Jason Adelman — Ex-fiancé
  • Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Ex-fiancé
  • Slavik Kryklyvyy — Ex-significant Other
  • Mario Lopez — Ex-significant Other


  • Fordham University, Bronx, New York, United States


  • Birth Place: Kharkiv, Ukraine, Soviet Union
  • Profession: Professional dancer

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