Karina Smirnoff

Smirnoff, Karina Karina Smirnoff

  • Five-time U.S. National Champion

  • World Trophy Champion

  • Asian Open Champion
  • During Season 3, Karina partnered actor Mario Lopez into second place.

    Born in the Ukraine, Karina came to the U.S. with her family at age 12. She began ballet lessons at the age of 5 before moving on to figure skating which she studied for an additional five years. At the age of nine, Karina was introduced to ballroom dancing and fell in love with it.

    After high school Karina graduated from Fordham University with a law degree but put her academic studies on hold to pursue her ballroom dancing career in the United Kingdom.

    Karina and her former partner Slavik Kryklyvyy shared tremendous success winning the U.S. Championships and many other world titles and were ranked second in the world in the Latin division. Karina is now working with a new Russian partner.