Karina Smirnoff

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Karina Smirnoff
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BornKarina Smirnova
(1979-01-02) January 2, 1979 (age 35)
Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
OccupationDancer
 
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Karina Smirnoff
Karina Smirnoff Get Smart premiere arrival.jpg
BornKarina Smirnova
(1979-01-02) January 2, 1979 (age 35)
Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
OccupationDancer

Karina Smirnoff (Ukrainian: Карiна Смiрнова; Russian: Кapинa Cмиpнoвa; born Karina Smirnova; January 2, 1979) is a Ukrainian[1] 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 2 runner-up titles, 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. Smirnoff has won the title at the UK Open, is a three-time champion at the US Open, two-time champion at the Asian Open, five-time champion at the Dutch Open, and five-time US National Professional Champion. She has taken second at the British Open Blackpool Dance Festival[2] and she is the first woman to also ever make the "British Professional Final" with three different partners.[3]

Early life[edit]

Smirnoff was born Karina Smirnova in Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, former Soviet Union, and is of half Greek and half Russian descent.[4] When she was five years old, she began taking ballet lessons, followed by gymnastics, aerobics, figure skating, ballroom dancing and piano.[5] She chose to pursue ballroom dancing. In 1993, Smirnoff immigrated to the United States.[1][6]

Education[edit]

Smirnoff attended Christopher Columbus High School in The Bronx, New York City and the Bronx High School of Science[citation needed] before going to Fordham University, during which time she picked up her interest in dancing again. Smirnoff graduated from Fordham University with a double major in economics and information system programming.[2] During her academic studies, Smirnoff's goal was to go to law school and become an attorney. However she later came across a dance school in Brooklyn, New York, and after some time there dancing it became her profession.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Early in Smirnoff's dancing career, she and Roman Nabatov competed as an amateur couple for USA. They ended their dance partnership in January 1997.[7] Smirnoff soon after started dancing with Paul Killick in October 1998 as a professional couple for England; this partnership ended in July 1999. 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.[8] 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.[9]

Her last professional partner recorded in competitions was Dmitri Timokhin representing Russia in October 2005. They won first place at the 2006 Grand-Prix Dynamo in Moscow.[10] They finished dancing together in June 2006.[11] Smirnoff was the project manager/director of a dancing event entitled "Day & Night", held on November 18, 2006 at the Hollywood & Highlands Grand Ballroom.[12] She is featured in a nude pictorial in the May 2011 American issue of Playboy magazine.[13]

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

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. 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.[14] The pair was the seventh to be eliminated from the competition on May 8, 2007. 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. 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 appeared on the thirteenth season of Dancing with the Stars, where she was partnered with All My Children actor J. R. Martinez. Smirnoff and Martinez ended up winning the competition against Rob Kardashian and his partner Cheryl Burke & Ricki Lake and her partner Derek Hough. This was the first time Smirnoff had advanced to the finals since her inaugural season in season 3 with Mario López. For the fourteenth season of Dancing With The Stars, Karina was partnered with singer Gavin DeGraw. They were eliminated in week 5. For the fifteenth season, she was partnered with season four winner, Apolo Anton Ohno and ended up placing 5th. For the sixteenth season, she is partnered with NFL star Jacoby Jones. Smirnoff became injured when she was performing a flip with partner Jones during rehearsals for their week 9 Lindy hop. The couple was able to reach finals but came in third place losing to Zendaya and Kellie Pickler who took second and first place respectively. For season 17 she is partnered with former High School Musical actor Corbin Bleu and landed in 2nd place behind Amber Riley and Derek Hough. For season 18 she is partnered with former NHL player Sean Avery. They were the second couple eliminated in a double elimination on Week 2. This marks Smirnoff's earliest exit of the competition as of today.

Performances[edit]

SeasonPartnerPlace
3Mario Lopez2nd
4 Billy Ray Cyrus5th
5 Floyd Mayweather, Jr. 9th
6 Mario5th
7Rocco DiSpirito9th
8Steve Wozniak10th
9Aaron Carter 5th
11 Mike Sorrentino9th
12 Ralph Macchio4th
13J. R. Martinez1st
14Gavin DeGraw9th
15Apolo Anton Ohno5th
16Jacoby Jones3rd
17Corbin Bleu2nd
18Sean Avery11th

With Mario Lopez (Season 3) 27.6[edit]

WeekDance(s)/SongCarrie Ann's
Score
Len's
Score
Bruno's
Score
Result
1Cha-Cha-Cha/"Walkin' on the Sun"989Safe
2Quickstep/"Do Your Thing"768Safe
3Tango/"What You Waiting For?"868Safe
4Paso Doble/"Cancion Del Mariachi"10910Safe
5Rumba/"The Way You Look Tonight"999Safe
6Mambo/"Ran Kan Kan"
Disco/"Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough"
9
No
9
Scores
10
Given
No Elimination
7Foxtrot/"I Wanna Be Loved by You"
Jive/"Shake a Tail Feather"
10
9
9
9
10
9
Safe
8
Quarter Finals
Waltz/"Dark Waltz"
Samba/"Superstition"
9
10
9
9
10
10
Bottom Two
9
Semi-Finals
Tango/"Whatever Lola Wants"
Cha-Cha-Cha/"Bad"
10
10
10
9
10
10
Safe
10
Finals
Samba/"Sir Duke"
Paso Doble/"Cancion Del Mariachi"
Freestyle/"It Take Two"
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
Runner-Up

With Billy Ray Cyrus (Season 4) 19.0[edit]

WeekDance(s)/Song(s)Carrie Ann InabaLen GoodmanBruno TonioliResult
1Cha-Cha-Cha/"I Want My Mullet Back"544No elimination
2Quickstep/"Ring of Fire"777Safe
3Tango/"Rock the Casbah"777Safe
4Paso Doble/"Black Betty"777Safe
5Rumba/"What's Love Got to Do with It?"665Safe
6Jive/"I Love to Boogie"
Swing/"Rock This Town"
7
No
7
Scores
7
Given
Safe
7Waltz/"Play Me"
Samba/"Living in America"
5
7
6
7
6
7
Bottom Two
8
Quarter Finals
Foxtrot/"Stand by Your Man"
Mambo/"My Way"
7
6
6
7
5
7
Eliminated

With Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (Season 5) 20.8[edit]

WeekDance/SongCarrie Ann InabaLen GoodmanBruno TonioliResult
1Cha-Cha-Cha/"The Way You Move"666Safe
2Quickstep/"Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours"777Safe
3Jive/"Mess Around"777Bottom Two
4Paso Doble/"Captain from Castille"788Eliminated

With Mario (Season 6) 25.4[edit]

WeekDance(s)/Song(s)Carrie AnnLenBrunoResult
1Cha-Cha-Cha/"Request Line"888No elimination
2Quickstep/"Valerie"989Safe
3Tango/"El Tango de Roxanne"768Last to be called safe
4Paso Doble/"Higher Ground"879Safe
5Samba/"A-Tisket, A-Tasket"999Safe
6Rumba/"Let's Get It On"
Country Western/"Cotton-Eyed Joe"
9
No
9
Scores
10
Given
Bottom Two
7Foxtrot/"I'm Your Man"
Mambo/"Mambo a la Sandoval"
8
9
8
9
8
9
Safe
8
Quarter Finals
Viennese Waltz/"If I Ain't Got You"
Jive/"Little Bitty Pretty One"
9
9
9
8
9
9
Eliminated

With Rocco DiSpirito (Season 7) 17.8[edit]

WeekDance(s)/Song(s)Carrie Ann Inaba's
Score
Len Goodman's
Score
Bruno Tonioli's
Score
Result
1Foxtrot/"Stray Cat Strut"
Mambo/"La Comay"
5
7
4
7
5
7
Safe
2Rumba/"You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine"565Safe
3Viennese Waltz/"What's New Pussycat?"776Safe*
4Samba/"I Go to Rio"666Eliminated

With Steve Wozniak (Season 8) 13.0[edit]

WeekDance/SongCarrie Ann InabaLen GoodmanBruno TonioliResult
1Cha-Cha-Cha/"You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet"544No elimination
2Quickstep/"Oh, Boy!"656Dance off
3Samba/"Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)"433Safe
4Argentine Tango/"Cite Tango"444Eliminated

With Aaron Carter (Season 9) 24.0[edit]

WeekDance(s)/Song(s)Carrie AnnLen/BazBrunoResult
1Cha-Cha-Cha/"Beggin'"
Viennese Waltz/"I Am Your Man"
7
Awarded
8
10
7
Points
Safe
2Quickstep/"The Muppet Show Theme Song"99*9Safe
3Rumba/"Spotlight"867Safe
4Lambada/"Dr. Beat"666Bottom Two
5Argentine Tango/"Epoca"888Bottom Two
6Waltz/"Three Times a Lady"
Mambo Marathon/"Ran Kan Kan"
8
Awarded
9
8
8
Points
Safe
7Jive/"We're Not Gonna Take It"
Paso Doble/"I Hate Myself for Loving You"
9
8
10
8
10
8
Bottom Two
8
Quarter Finals
Foxtrot/"Lucky"
90's Samba/"Two Princes"
7
9
8
9
8
9
Eliminated

With Mike Sorrentino (Season 11) 16.2[edit]

WeekDance(s)/Song(s)InabaGoodmanTonioliResult
1Cha-Cha-Cha/"Break Your Heart"555Safe
2Quickstep/"Americano"666Last to be called safe
3Foxtrot/"Boom Boom Pow"767Safe
4Argentine Tango"/Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"4/64/54/5Eliminated

With Ralph Macchio (Season 12) 23.4[edit]

WeekDance(s)/Song(s)Inaba
Goodman
Tonioli
Result
1Foxtrot/"Ain't That a Kick in the Head?"888No Elimination
2Jive/"Nobody But Me"777Safe
3Rumba/"Stay Gold"777Safe
4Waltz/"Romeo and Juliet"889Safe
5Samba/"Sweet Home Alabama"877Safe
6Paso Doble/"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"888Last to be called safe
7Cha-Cha-Cha/"Born This Way"
Quickstep/"Pencil Full of Lead"
8*/8
10*/9
7
8
7
9
Safe
8
Quarter Finals
Viennese Waltz/"Maybe I Maybe You"
Cha-Cha-Cha/"Stuck in the Middle" -Instant Dance
8
7
8
7
9
7
Last to be called safe
9
Semi-Finals
Argentine Tango/"Violentango"
Salsa/"I Know You Want Me"
Winner Take All Cha-Cha-Cha/ "Boogie Shoes" & "Mustang Sally"
8
8
Lost
9
7
This
8
8
Event
Eliminated

With J. R. Martinez (Season 13) 26.4[edit]

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Viennese Waltz/ "Breakaway"877Safe
2Jive/"Jump, Jive An' Wail!"778Safe
3Rumba/"If You're Reading This"989Safe
4Foxtrot/Theme from "The Pink Panther"899Safe
5Samba/"Conga"9910Safe
6Quickstep/"Hot Honey Rag" from Chicago
Group Broadway Dance/"Big Spender" & "Money Money"
10
No
9
Scores
10
Given
Safe
7Tango/Theme from "Ghostbusters"988Safe
Team Tango/"Disturbia"878
8Waltz/"What the World Needs Now"101010Safe
Jive/"Tutti Frutti"101010
9Paso Doble/"Theme from The Legend of Zorro"878Last to be called safe
Argentine Tango/"Bust Your Windows"999
Cha-Cha-Cha Relay/ "I Like How It Feels"Awarded6Points
10Cha-Cha-Cha/"Let's Get Loud"879WINNERS
Freestyle/"Whine Up"101010
Jive/"Jump, Jive An' Wail!"Awarded28Points
Samba/"Shake Your Bon-Bon"101010


With Gavin DeGraw (Season 14) 21.4[edit]

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Foxtrot/ "I Run to You"767No Elimination
2Jive/ "Real Wild Child"777Bottom Two
3Rumba/ "New York State of Mind"888Bottom Two
4Tango/ "Paint It, Black"887Safe
5Samba/ "Sweetheart from Venezuela"
Dance Duel Cha-Cha-Cha/ "The Edge of Glory"
6
Lost
6
This
7
Event
Eliminated


With Apolo Anton Ohno (Season 15): 27.3[edit]

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha-Cha-Cha / "Party Rock Anthem"7.577.5Safe
2Quickstep/ "Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days"8.58.08.0Safe
3Foxtrot/ "Fever"9.08.08.5Safe
4Hip-Hop/ "Poison"8.59.08.5* / 8.5Safe
5Samba / Give It to Me Baby
Team Freestyle (Shawn) / Call Me Maybe
8.5
9.5
9.5
10.0
9.0
10.0
No Elimination
6Viennese Waltz / "Skin (Sarabeth)"
Group Country Western / "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)"
& "I Play Chicken with a Train"
10.0
No
10.0
Scores
10.0
Given
Last to be called Safe
7Cha-Cha-Cha & Paso Doble / "Scream"
Swing Marathon / "Do Your Thing"
9.0
Awarded
9.0
6
9.0
Points
No Elimination
8Tango / "Holding Out for a Hero"
Jive (Trio Challenge) / "Greased Lightnin'"
10.0
9.5
9.5
9.5
10.0
10.0
Last to be called Safe
9Jazz / What You Waiting For?
Rumba / Man in the Mirror
8.5
10.0
9.0
10.0
9.5
10.0
Eliminated


^* The additional score of 8.5 was awarded by guest judge Paula Abdul.

With Jacoby Jones (Season 16) 25.6[edit]

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Cha-Cha-Cha / "Good Feeling"767No Elimination
2Jazz / "Five Guys Named Moe"878Safe
3Prom Group Dance / "The Rockafeller Skank"
Rumba / "Stay"
Awarded
8
2
8
Points
8
Safe
4Foxtrot / "Watching You"888Safe
5Jive / "Long Tall Sally"989Safe
6Quickstep / "For Once in My Life"
Team Paso Doble / "Higher Ground"
8
7
7
8
8
7
Safe
7Salsa / "Danza Kuduro"
Jive Dance Off / "Good Golly Miss Molly"
9
Lost
9
This
9
Event
Safe
8Viennese Waltz / "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World"
Paso Doble (Trio Challenge) / "La Virgen de la Macarena"
9
8
9
9
9
8
Last to be Called Safe
9Argentine Tango / "Concierto Para Quinteto"
Lindy Hop / "Ding Dong Daddy of the D-Car Line"
10
10
10
9
10
10
Safe
10Jive / "Shake It"
Cha-Cha-Cha Relay / "Treasure"
Freestyle / "Can't Hold Us"
Instant Salsa / "Aguanile"
9
awarded
9
10
9
2
9
10
9
points
9
10
Third Place


With Corbin Bleu (Season 17) 27.4[edit]

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Contemporary / "If I Lose Myself"888No Elimination
2Jive / "Kiss You"989Safe
3Quickstep / "Diga Diga Doo"989Safe
4Paso Doble / "Zorongo"99*9Safe
5Foxtrot / "My Wish"9910Safe
6Viennese Waltz / "Game of Thrones Theme"
Switch-Up Challenge / Various
8
Awarded
7
4
8
Points
No Elimination
7Cha-cha-cha / "Pumpin Blood"
Team Freestyle / "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)"
10
10
9
10
10
10
Safe
8Argentine Tango / "Welcome to Burlesque"
Cha-cha-cha Dance-Off / "Woman's World"
9
Awarded
9*
3
9
Points
Safe
9Waltz / "Apologize"
Jazz (Trio Challenge) / "Yeah!"
9
10
9
10
10
10
Safe
10Tango / "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)"
Rumba / "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)" (acoustic version)
9
10
8/9*
10/10*
9
10
Safe
11Quickstep / "Diga Diga Doo"
Samba Relay / "No Scrubs"
Freestyle / "Smooth Criminal"
Cha-cha-cha & Foxtrot / "All Night"
9
Awarded
10
9
9
5
10
9
9
Points
10
9
Runner Up

With Sean Avery (Season 18) 20.5[edit]

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanTonioli
1Contemporary / "Somewhere Only We Know"767No Elimination
2Salsa / "Dance Bailalo"777Eliminated

Personal life[edit]

Smirnoff dated her Dancing With the Stars season 3 partner Mario Lopez from 2006 to June 2008.[15] 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.[16] In October 2009, Smirnoff began dating MLB pitcher Brad Penny. They became engaged in October 2010,[17] but ended the engagement in December 2011.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dancing with the Stars - Professional Bio - Karina Smirnoff". 2011. Archived from the original on November 23, 2011. "Nationality: Ukrainian" 
  2. ^ a b "Karina Smirnoff bio" (PDF). McDonald’s Electronic Press Kit. November 20, 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  3. ^ Ballas, Corky; Didio Barrera (September 1, 2002). "Open British Professional Latin Championship". dsninternational.com. Retrieved 2007-09-02. 
  4. ^ Smirnoff, Karina (October 5, 2013). "Twitter: Karina_Smirnoff : @sosmallgurl I'm actually half russian half greek. :-)". Twitter.com. Retrieved January 18, 2011. 
  5. ^ Karina Smirnoff Official Website
  6. ^ Kim, Steve (September 8, 2007). "'The Pretty Boy' Dances with the Stars". maxboxing.com. 
  7. ^ "Dance Couple Profile of Paul Killick & Karina Smirnoff". DancesportInfo. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  8. ^ "Dancers Details: Karina Smirnoff". DancesportInfo. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  9. ^ "Couple results: Slavik Kryklyvyy & Karina Smirnoff". DancesportInfo. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  10. ^ "Couple results: Dmitri Timokhin & Karina Smirnoff". DancesportInfo. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  11. ^ DancesportInfo data
  12. ^ "Day & Night". Retrieved 2007-02-28. 
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ "The Stars Align for a Fourth Season of ABC'S Hit Alternative Series, "Dancing with the Stars"". ABC Television Network. 2007-02-21. Retrieved 2007-02-27. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff Split". People. June 5, 2008. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  16. ^ Park, Michael Y.; Fleeman, Mike (September 8, 2009). "Maksim & Karina Split!". Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  17. ^ Gray, Mark (November 7, 2010). "Karina Smirnoff Is Engaged to Brad Penny". People. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Karina Smirnoff, Brad Penny Split, Says Source". Us Weekly. December 5, 2011. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Hines Ward & Kym Johnson
Dancing with the Stars (US) winner
Season 13 (Fall 2011 with J. R. Martinez)
Succeeded by
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd
Preceded by
Jerry Rice & Anna Trebunskaya

Zendaya & Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Dancing with the Stars (US) runner up
Season 3 (Fall 2006 with Mario Lopez)

Season 17 (Fall 2013 with Corbin Bleu)

Succeeded by
Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson

current

Preceded by
Kelly Monaco & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Dancing with the Stars (US) third place
Season 16 (Spring 2013 with Jacoby Jones)
Succeeded by
Jack Osbourne & Cheryl Burke
Preceded by
Brandy Norwood & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dancing with the Stars (US) semi-finalist
Season 12 (Spring 2011 with Ralph Macchio)
Succeeded by
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Preceded by
Jerry Springer & Kym Johnson

Cameron Mathison & Edyta Śliwińska

Lil' Kim & Derek Hough

Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Dancing with the Stars (US) quarter-finalist
Season 4 (Spring 2007 with Billy Ray Cyrus)

Season 6 (Spring 2008 with Mario)

Season 9 (Fall 2009 with Aaron Carter)

Season 15 (Fall 2012 with Apolo Anton Ohno)

Succeeded by
Cameron Mathison & Edyta Śliwińska

Maurice Greene & Cheryl Burke

Niecy Nash & Louis Van Amstel

Ingo Rademacher & Kym Johnson