Karina Smirnoff
Dancer
Karina Smirnoff
"Karina" is a Ukrainian professional ballroom dancer. She is best known to the general public as a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars, winning the thirteenth season with army veteran and soap opera star J. R. Martinez. She's also won runner-up title, a semi-final title, and several quarter final titles. She is a five-time U.S. National Champion, World Trophy Champion, and Asian Open Champion.
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'Dancing With The Stars' Pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy And Peta Murgatroyd Are Engaged
Huffington Post - about 1 year
They fell in love on the dance floor.  "Dancing with the Stars" has inspired its fair share of offstage relationships, but nothing comes close to Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd's romance. The Ukrainian dance champion proposed to Murgatroyd Saturday night during a performance at the Olympia Theater in Miami.  "I'm in love with you, and I will be in love with you for the rest of my life," Chmerkovskiy said, according to People.  Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd each uploaded photos of the engagement to Instagram later that night, revealing Peta's response to the surprise proposal. "I said yes!!!!!! You have my heart forever my love. Love always wins," Murgatroyd wrote under a photo of the couple sharing a tender kiss.  I said yes!!!!!! You have my heart forever my love. Love always wins @maksimc A photo posted by Peta Murgatroyd (@petamurgatroyd) on Dec 6, 2015 at 1:33am PST She said 'yes' @petamurgatroyd A photo posted by @maks ...
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3 Female Millennial Designers to Follow
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD) is a fashion celebration that highlights emerging designers from around the world. Since 2012, FWSD has served as a launching pad for designers. This year, I had the pleasure of sitting in the front row and getting to meet 2015’s three female millennial designers to follow. They’re phenomenal women!   Kristine Rodriguez Meet 25 year-old, Colombian-German American, and millennial founder of Responsive Textiles, Kristine Rodriguez. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a graphic designer degree. It was at RISD that she discovered her passion for fashion design during a knitting elective class. Her knitting is - as Kristine says - “not your grandma’s knitwear.”   Now, Kristine is creating knits that are both effortless and sophisticated, wearable and interesting, with shapes you don’t see everyday. It makes sense, considering Kristine’s mission is to create clothes that become our second skin - unique and human. ...
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'DWTS' alum Karina Smirnoff finds a tenant in pro basketball player
LATimes - almost 2 years
Professional basketball player Jeremy Tyler has found his offseason training spot.
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Rita Ora's 'My Little Pony' Hair Is A Must-See On Our Beauty List
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Celebs color their hair all shades of the rainbow (ahem, Nicole Richie), but we thought our eyes were playing tricks on us when we saw Rita Ora's new colorful hairdo. The 23-year-old British singer made an appearance at Michalsky Style Night in Berlin sporting a purple, teal and blonde dip-dyed ponytail that reminded us of "My Little Pony." The colorful tresses cascaded beautifully against her shoulder and added an unexpected pop to her all-black outfit. Check out Ora's '80s-tastic hair below and see which other stars made this week's best and worst beauty list. BEST: Rita Ora Isn't this multicolored hairstyle rad? It almost deflects attention away from Ora's gelled sideburns. But with her neutral makeup, we give it a thumbs up. BEST: Debra Messing "The Mysteries of Laura" star's red hair looks really ravishing. Styled in big barrel curls, Messing's hair frames her face perfectly and accentuates her peachy makeup and navy eyeliner. BEST: Jessica Chastai ...
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'Dancing' Star Karina Smirnoff 'Empowered' by Motherhood Plans
ABC News - about 3 years
Dancer Karina Smirnoff has dazzled partners and viewers for 17 straight seasons on “Dancing With the Stars,” but she’s thinking more and more about life beyond the dance floor. She wants to be a mother. Smirnoff has had her share of failed relationships, including one...     
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Super Bowl 2014: All the Details on the Stars, and Biggest Parties
US Magazine - about 3 years
Football, parties, and wings! The 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII is days away, with fans dusting off their favorite team jerseys in anticipation for the big game. The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks are set to go head-to-head for the championship at MetLife Stadium in NYC suburb East Rutherford, N.J. -- but first, there's some fun to be had, with plenty of boldfaced football lovers joining in. Here, Us Weekly rounds up just a few of the Super Bowl's hottest parties, and the stars expected to attend. PHOTOS: Celebrities dating athletes Thursday, Jan. 30 Fox Sports 1 Super Bowl Bash Almost game time! Michael Strahan, Erin Andrews, Hugh Jackman, Jason Biggs, Rebecca Minkoff, Gavin Degraw, Randy Mass, Brian Urlacher, Regis Philbin, CC Sabathia, and Kasey Kahne are set to attend Fox's big shindig before the big weekend. Kings of Leon is also on the guest list. Super Bowl Blitz Bowl Nick Cannon and Stacy Keibler are expected to attend. Bootsy Bellows New York Takeover insi ...
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Red Carpet Confidential: The Surprising Way That Gilles Marini Taught His Seven-Year-Old Daughter to Be Responsible
Ok Magazine - about 3 years
Gilles Marini is one sweet dad. The 2 Broke Girls/Switched at Birth star made six-year-old daughter Juliana a “cat mom” in a special way when his family rescued kitten, Penelope. Photos: 10 Celebs Who Look Like Their Pets “I got Penelope for my daughter last Mother’s Day, and I did a date with my daughter the entire day, explaining to her what it is, and how hard it is to be a parent,” the two-time Dancing With The Stars competitor, 37, tells me this week during Fresh Step Litter’s Catdance Film Festival to benefit the ASPCA in Park City, Utah. “When we went home, I asked her ‘would you be ready to be a parent, and take on the responsibilities?,’ and she said ‘yes.’ And I said ‘well, you’re going to start today. Go to your room.’ That’s where Penelope was.” He continues, “My daughter believes this is her first daughter. Their relationship is amazing. She takes care of it seriously. I’m proud of her.” How has the kitten changed her? “More responsibilities. An animal is the n ...
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'Dancing With The Stars': Did The Show Suffer This Season?
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The words I have been hoping for since the third week of September were uttered by Tom Bergeron Tuesday night when he handed over the coveted Mirror Ball to Amber Riley and Derek Hough: our new champions of "Dancing With The Stars." Because, honestly, it could've gone either way. Twice a year, I look forward to another season of "Dancing With The Stars" and every time, I'm never disappointed. But for most of Season 17, I was not a happy viewer. Sure, there were some great pairs with touching stories (Valerie Harper and Jack Osbourne), and some nice surprises (Nicole Polizzi is a much better dancer than her former "Jersey Shore" co-star, The Situation) but they were outnumbered by the ridiculous amount of upsets. And while I do not blame Bill Engvall whatsoever (he is pretty darn likeable), I did blame the people who voted for him. I really had no idea that rednecks would outnumber Guidos and Guidettes, "Saved By The Bell" fans and Scientology haters the way they did. The fact that ...
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Karina Smirnoff of 'Dancing With the Stars' buys in Hollywood Hills
LATimes - about 3 years
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Karina Smirnoff says 'DWTS' judges look extra close at Corbin Bleu
LATimes - over 3 years
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‘DWTS’ Week 5: The Couple With The First 10 Of The Season Is Sent Home
Hollywood Life - over 3 years
After a fun performance of ‘Wake Me Up’ by Aloe Blacc, the hosts revealed in the first few minutes of the show that according to the votes from last week, a female star was in jeopardy of leaving. See how the night played out below! Dancing With The Stars was incredibly emotional during the Oct. 14 episode, as the stars danced to a song from the most meaningful year of their lives. See who came out on top and who was send home below! ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Week 5 — The First Ten Of The Season Christina Milian danced the cha cha with Mark Ballas to represent the year 2010. That was the year she had her child and also had a divorce. Judge Len Goodman said he was so happy to be back to see that “fantastic” dance. Bruno Tonioli called it “indecently hot!” Carrie Ann Inaba said it was something special. They got a score of 28, including the first 10 of the season from Len! Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke danced the waltz, inspired by the year 2012. He moved into a new house and ha ...
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Karina Smirnoff: I'm a Little Nervous for This Week's Dance
People Magazine - over 3 years
"I just want to walk around slapping people now," jokes the pro dancer of her latest performance with Corbin Bleu
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Ralph Macchio's New Film, <em>Across Grace Alley</em>, Proves He's More Than an Actor
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Early in his acting career, Ralph Macchio worked with some of the world's great directors including Francis Ford Coppola (the Outsiders), John Avildsen (Karate Kid), Walter Hill (Crossroads) and Arthur Hiller (Teachers). In a sense, this experience was his film school. "I got to be the young guy hanging around the camera watching these masters at work," explains Macchio. "There was so much downtime as an actor, you'd either hang out in your hotel room or go into town and get into trouble. So I would visit the set and absorb all I could, not just from the directors, but also from the production designer, sound mixer and cinematographer." Learning the nuts and bolts of storytelling served Macchio well. In 2002, he wrote and directed Love Thy Brother, a 9-minute comedy which was shown at Sundance and distributed by HBO. "You write what you know," he explains about the film based on his relationship with his real life brother. And who can forget the hilarious FunnyOrDie.com video, W ...
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Karina Smirnoff Suffers Nip Slip at Machete Kills Premiere
US Magazine - over 3 years
Karina Smirnoff looked pretty flawless, from the front and the back, at the Machete Kills premiere on Oct. 2 in Hollywood. Too bad the Dancing With the Stars stunner forgot to check out her side view before hitting the star-studded red carpet event. If she had, she would have noticed that her black and white floral mini-dress with sheer illusion panels bared a portion of her nipples! PHOTOS: Most embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions ever! The sheer panels, which ran down the sides of her sexy frock, offered a ready view of her side-boobs. But Smirnoff, 35, may not have realized that she had also trod into nip slip territory. An observer, who said the brunette beauty's nipple kept popping out, tells Us: "I saw about a third of it." PHOTOS: Remember when these stars were on DWTS? The fit dancer, in the October issue of FitnessRX for Women, opened up about her career trajectory: "Growing up, I was nervous because there are so many dancers and there are only a few dancers who ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Karina Smirnoff
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 37
    In the summer of 2015 she was featured with her cast mates on Celebrity Family Feud.
    More Details Hide Details On the stage she danced a salsa number with host Steve Harvey. Her fellow dancers gave them a perfect "10".
  • 2008
    Age 30
    She subsequently began dating fellow Ukrainian Dancing With the Stars instructor Maksim Chmerkovskiy in the summer of 2008. They became engaged in December 2008, before breaking up in September 2009. In October 2009, Smirnoff began dating Major League Baseball pitcher Brad Penny. They became engaged in October 2010, but ended the engagement in December 2011. Smirnoff became engaged to entrepreneur Jason Adelman in January 2015. On March 11, 2015, both individuals announced that they had split and their engagement was off.
    More Details Hide Details In the past, Smirnoff has endorsed Bearpaw and Lady Foot Locker.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2007
    Age 29
    Her partner for Season 5 of the show was current five-division world champion boxer, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. On October 16, 2007, Karina and Floyd were the fourth couple eliminated from competition and came in 9th place.
    More Details Hide Details She returned for Season 6, partnered with singer Mario and finished in 5th place. In Season 7, she was partnered with chef Rocco DiSpirito and they were the fourth pair to be eliminated with a finish of 9th place for the second time. For the eighth season, Smirnoff's partner was Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak. They were eliminated in the fourth round on March 31, 2009, along with Holly Madison and her partner Dmitry Chaplin. For the ninth season, she was partnered with singer Aaron Carter. They were eliminated on November 10, 2009, placing fifth. In the eleventh season, she was partnered with The Situation from MTV's reality TV show Jersey Shore. They were eliminated in the fourth week. In the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars, she was partnered with movie star Ralph Macchio. They were eliminated in the semi-finals.
    Smirnoff returned to the show on March 19, 2007 for Season 4, this time partnered with Billy Ray Cyrus, country singer and Hannah Montana star.
    More Details Hide Details The pair was the seventh to be eliminated from the competition on May 8, 2007.
  • 2006
    Age 28
    Smirnoff dated her Dancing With the Stars season 3 partner Mario Lopez from 2006 to June 2008.
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  • 2005
    Age 27
    Her last professional partner recorded in competitions was Dmitri Timokhin representing Russia in October 2005.
    More Details Hide Details They won first place at the 2006 Grand-Prix Dynamo in Moscow. They finished dancing together in June 2006. Smirnoff was the project manager/director of a dancing event entitled "Day & Night", held on November 18, 2006 at the Hollywood & Highlands Grand Ballroom. She guest starred as Madame Escajeda in an episode of Hannah Montana. She is featured in a nude pictorial in the May 2011 American issue of Playboy magazine. Smirnoff was a performer on the third season of the ABC series Dancing with the Stars with celebrity partner Mario López. They finished in second place, losing to the team of Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke.
  • 1998
    Age 20
    Smirnoff soon after started dancing with Paul Killick in October 1998 as a professional couple for England; this partnership ended in July 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Immediately, Louis Van Amstel and Karina Smirnoff, in July 1999, entered a professional dance partnership, representing the U.S.A; the partnership ended in December 2000. From January 2001 to September 2005, Smirnoff was in a dance partnership with Slavik Kryklyvyy and they represented the U.S.A; this partnership thus far is her most successful one. Kryklyvyy and Smirnoff earned numerous top titles and high ratings together. Smirnoff appeared in the 2004 film Shall We Dance as a dance instructor and was Stanley Tucci's dance partner. She also released a fitness DVD, Shape Up With Karina Smirnoff.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Age 0
    Born on January 2, 1978.
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