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Karina Smirnoff Biography

Birth Place:
Kharkiv, Ukraine, Soviet Union
Professional dancer

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