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Karina Smirnoff , born in Kharkiv, Ukraine in 1978, is a champion ballroom dancer that dazzled the floor with her sensual style and physique. Smirnoff started dancing at five, and originally intended on studying law at Fordham University. Her love for dancing, however, carried her to follow her dreams. She landed a role in Shall We Dance where she appeared opposite Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez .

Since then, she's appeared on four seasons of Dancing with the Stars , which is where she met her on-again, off-again boyfriend, actor Mario Lopez . The couple split once and for all in summer 2008. Following her split from Lopez, Smirnoff began dating her DWTS colleague Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The pair got engaged on New Year's Day in 2009 after six months of dating; they called it nine months later.

In Nov. 2010, Smirnoff confirmed to Us that her boyfriend, baseball player Brad Penny , popped the question on Oct. 12 after she and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino were voted off DWTS . The couple has since separated.

Celebrating the achievements of some of Hollywood’s great talents, stars flocked to the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuosos Awards last night (February 4).

“That Awkward Moment” hunk Michael B. Jordan had a blast with Brie Larson and June Squibb at The Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara while Karina Smirnoff hammed it up with Ralph Macchio.

She’s more than proven her dance floor dominance, and Karina Smirnoff was in the house to help ladies get in shape as part of JCPenney’s New Year, New You Fitness campaign at the SoHo showroom.

The “Dancing with the Stars” dame looked amazing in a variety of new outfits from the popular department store’s Xersion and CityStreet Activewear lines as she treated guests to fitness dance classes.

The “Dancing With The Stars” hottie played hostess for the shindig, held at the Seminole Hard Rock Resort and Casino Tampa, and it’s not surprising that the whole event was sold out.

She score a huge win as the first African American woman to ever take top honors on “Dancing with the Stars” and Amber Riley was thrilled to talk about her victory on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday (November 27).

Joined by pro partner Derek Hough as well as runners up Corbin Bleu and Jack Osbourne, the “Glee” actress shared, “It meant a lot to me. Man, it was hard. It was something I’ve never done before and I put myself in a position to do something new and hard every single week. Every single week I was learning something I didn’t know. It was a very uncomfortable position to be in but I pulled it out.”

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EW has learned exclusively that Karina Smirnoff, the 37-year-old Ukrainian-American who won the Mirror Ball Trophy in season 13 with soap opera star J.R. Martinez, will head back to the ballroom for its 21st season.

“I was a little nervous about not dancing on the show at all last season. I was doing it for the last 10 years,” says Smirnoff, who took season 20 off to promote her book We’re Just Not That Into You: Dating Disasters from the Trenches  and to star in the indie film Tango Shalom opposite Lainie Kazan. “I had  other things to do in my life, but not going back to the show felt like trying to see if I can walk on my own two feet! I’ve had obvious moments when I missed it.”

Though casting for season 21 is still underway, EW can also confirm exclusively that season 20 champ Val Chmerkovskiy (who won with Rumer Willis) and Witney Carson (who last danced with Chris Soules) will return this season, as well. The rest of the pros for the new season are expected to be revealed this week.

The pros still don’t know with whom they’ll be partnered for the new season. Though  Good Morning America  is expected to reveal the stars during the first week of September, Smirnoff says that the pros themselves sometimes only find out on the first day of reheasrsal. 

“I’m excited and a little nervous,” admits Smirnoff. “Normally I can at least narrow it down a little bit, like whether it will be an athlete or an actor, but I have no idea.” 

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Celebrating the achievements of some of Hollywood’s great talents, stars flocked to the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuosos Awards last night (February 4).

“That Awkward Moment” hunk Michael B. Jordan had a blast with Brie Larson and June Squibb at The Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara while Karina Smirnoff hammed it up with Ralph Macchio.

She’s more than proven her dance floor dominance, and Karina Smirnoff was in the house to help ladies get in shape as part of JCPenney’s New Year, New You Fitness campaign at the SoHo showroom.

The “Dancing with the Stars” dame looked amazing in a variety of new outfits from the popular department store’s Xersion and CityStreet Activewear lines as she treated guests to fitness dance classes.

The “Dancing With The Stars” hottie played hostess for the shindig, held at the Seminole Hard Rock Resort and Casino Tampa, and it’s not surprising that the whole event was sold out.

She score a huge win as the first African American woman to ever take top honors on “Dancing with the Stars” and Amber Riley was thrilled to talk about her victory on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday (November 27).

Joined by pro partner Derek Hough as well as runners up Corbin Bleu and Jack Osbourne, the “Glee” actress shared, “It meant a lot to me. Man, it was hard. It was something I’ve never done before and I put myself in a position to do something new and hard every single week. Every single week I was learning something I didn’t know. It was a very uncomfortable position to be in but I pulled it out.”