Karina Smirnoff

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Birth Name: Karina Smirnova

Place of Birth: Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union

Date of Birth: January 2, 1978

Ethnicity: Greek, Russian, Jewish

Karina Smirnoff is a Ukrainian-born American professional ballroom dancer. She is known for appearing in a multitude of Dancing with the Stars seasons.

Karina was born in Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union, and moved to the United States in 1993. She has said that her father is Greek and her mother is Russian.

In 2009, OK! Magazine wrote that Karina is “half Jewish” and “considers herself a Christian”.

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3 Responses

  1. passingtime85 says:


    Isn’t Karina’s father Jewish or half Jewish? I can’t find any quotes from her directly but it’s mentioned several times on various websites.


    Plus she once wished her fans through twitter a happy Pesach, using Pesach instead of Passover seems like a Jewish thing to do, although I could see how that could be completely circumstantial, anyone with access to the internet or even certain dictionaries could be privy to that term.

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