Ukrainian professional ballroom dancer Karina Smirnoff was born on January 2, 1979 in Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR. She was already a dance enthusiast when she was at a young age of five, taking ballet lessons along with figure skating, aerobics, gymnastics, and ballroom dancing. In the long run, she chose to focus more and ballroom dancing and eventually decided to pursue it. Originally planning to become a lawyer after graduating, she found herself getting interested to be involved with dancing and spent time in a dance school in Brooklyn, New York. In 1996, she partnered with Roman Nabatov and joined the U.S. Amateur Latin Championships where they placed the 22nd. She has joined different competitions until the year 2006 when her exposure to the popular ballroom dancing show Dancing with the Stars gave her a breakthrough on her dancing career.
Now what’s her fitness regimen apart from moving her body through dancing? According to the dance diva, she regularly works out at the gym. And to keep herself motivated, she constantly makes changes on her workout. “If you go to the gym and do the same routine over and over, you’re going to see results in the first two or three weeks, but then you’re not going to see results afterward because your body adjusted to the workout level,” she said. “So the main thing is to constantly keep changing the workout,” she explained.
When it comes to her diet, she said she’s no longer a strict dieter that she used to be. “I try to eat as healthy as I can because if I don’t, my digestion and metabolism isn’t working the best way it can,” said Karina.
Body Measurement (2014 – Age 35)
Height: 163 cm | 5 feet, 4 Inches
Weight: 55 kg | 121 lbs
Bra/Bust Size: 10B | 32B
Waist Size: 61 cm | 24 in
Hip Size: 84 cm | 33 in