Karina Smirnoff, Celebrity Pro and Season 13 Mirror Ball Champion on TV’s Dancing with the Stars, is a five-time U.S. National Professional Latin Champion, a World Trophy Champion, and winner of many other titles as a top Ballroom dance competitor worldwide. According to her website, Karina has been ranked #2 in the world for Latin Dance.
Karina has taught Group Classes in Latin dances as a Guest Instructor and visiting Celebrity at Goldcoast Ballroom. Photos and videos from some of her classes at Goldcoast are featured on our Photos and Videos pages. A friend of Goldcoast Ballroom owners, Vinny Munno and Jeff Sandler, Karina is loved at Goldcoast and considered a part of the Goldcoast Ballroom dance family.
Born in the Ukraine, Karina started competing in ballroom dancing competitions at the age of 11. She is a five-time U.S. National Professional Latin Champion, World Trophy Champion, and Asian Open Champion. She 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 and she is the first woman to ever make the “British Professional Final” with three different partners.
In addition to pursuing her championship dancing, Karina studied diligently at Fordham University in New York and earned two degrees – a B.A. in Economics and in Information Systems Programming. She is also a talented fashion designer and choreographer. She choreographs all of her own partnered routines on Dancing with the Stars and, according to her website, has been designing all of the costumes for both her and her partners since day one.
She has been featured in numerous publications, including: FHM, Fitness Magazine, LA Confidential, Muscle & Fitness, TV Guide, and Woman’s World. She is a regular on the pages of People Magazine, Life & Style, US Weekly, OK! Magazine, and In Touch.
She also is engaged in several successful business enterprises, including having been a partner in a successful cosmetics venture, a line of beauty and health products in the offing, a weight-loss and energy supplement, as well as dance fitness DVDs, and her own dance studio in Woodland Hills, CA called Karina Smirnoff Dance.
Karina appeared in starring roles in the Broadway hit sold-out shows Forever Tango and Burn the Floor, and gave a performance at the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards. She has hosted segments for E! News, TV Guide, EXTRA, and has appeared in specials on Bravo, ABC, and Lifetime. She has appeared on Good Morning America, The View, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Hannah Montana, among others. She also appeared in the film Shall We Dance.
See videos of classes given by Karina Smirnoff at Goldcoast Ballroom, providing tips and pointers on Ballroom and Latin dance »