Karina Smirnoff was born in Kharkov, Ukraine on January 2 1978. She started taking ballet lessons when she was 5, which was later followed by gymnastics, aerobics, and ballroom dancing. In 1992 she moved to the United States. She had danced with 3 different partners and achieved great success with all three of them. She has made numerous appearances in TV shows and has been part of popular Dancing with the Stars professional dancing coach for 7 seasons. She is featured in a nude pictorial in the May 2011 issue of Playboy magazine.
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Karina Smirnoff is a five time U.S. National Champion, UK Open and U.S. Open champion, has been ranked second in the world.
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Smirnoff graduated from Fordham University with a degree in economics and information systems, and was intending to go to Law School, but she came to dancing school in Brooklyn and dancing once again became her passion and later her profession.