ET Joins Steve Wozniak & Karina Smirnoff’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Rehearsal

March 6, 2009 at 7:59 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Check out the video at this link!  Woz is very nimble, and Karina seems to have found his strengths.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m looking forward to seeing him dance!  Think you can cha cha as well as the Woz?  Try our lessons at Ballroom Dance Channel to find out.

ET Joins Steve Wozniak & Karina Smirnoff’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Rehearsal.

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Dancing with the Stars 8: Steve “The Woz” Wozniak and Karina Smirnoff

February 27, 2009 at 9:55 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hey Everyone,

We’re wrapping up the week’s couple previews with the duo of Steve Wozniak and Karina Smirnoff. We hope you are enjoying these ongoing previews. For a dance fix while we wait for the new season to begin, why not head over to Ballroom Dance Channel? With our new all access pass, you can try all of our dances with a well known roster of instructors for under $10 a month. That’s cheaper than dinner and a movie, and it could be a whole month of dates with your sweetie or a good time with some friends! Enjoy today’s profile, we’ll wrap up the series next week.


Stephen Gary “Woz” Wozniak is an American computer engineer who founded Apple Computer (now Apple Inc.) with Steve Jobs. His inventions and machines are credited with contributing significantly to the personal computer revolution of the 1970s. Wozniak created the Apple I and Apple II computers in the mid-1970s. The Apple II gained much popularity, becoming one of the best selling personal computers of the 1970s and early 1980s. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Wozniak

Did you know?

-Steve has many nicknames, including “The Woz”, “Wonderful Wizard of Woz”, and “IWoz”.
-Steve dated Kathy Griffin, and they remain close friends.
-He quit working at Hewlett Packard to form Apple with Steve Jobs.
-Steve graduated from college under the alias Rocky Clark.

Karina Smirnoff (Ukrainian: Карина Смирнова) is a world champion professional dancer from Kharkiv, Ukraine. She has appeared on Dancing with the Stars seasons 3 through 8. Her partners include Mario Lopez, Billy Ray Cyrus, and R&B singer Mario.

Did you know?

-Karina is a five-time U.S. National Champion, World Trophy Champion, and Asian Open Champion.
-She is the first woman to make the British Professional Final with three different partners.
-Karina became a U.S. citizen in 1992.
-She graduated from Fordham University with a double major in economics and information system programming.

Dancing with the Stars 8-Our Guesses at the Likely Pairings

February 10, 2009 at 8:41 am | Posted in ballroom dance, Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hey Everyone,

I don’t know anything official about the pairings other than what we shared with you yesterday, but I’ve taken a look at some past trends, and would like to offer some speculation where I can on who is likely to be paired together. Feel free to leave your guesses in the comments!

Our own Tony Dovolani is likely to have either Belinda C. or Nancy O’ Dell, as they are the two oldest contestants, and both match him well physically.

We know that Maksim Chemerkovskiy is paired with Denise Richards. Here is the video clip of their meeting yesterday on Good Morning America:

My guess is that Jewel will be paired with Alec Mazo, and her husband, Ty Murray, will be paired with Alec’s wife, Edyta Sliwinska. This creates the maximum drama for that head to head competition.

I think Derek Hough will be paired with Lil’ Kim, and his bandmate Mark Ballas will partner with Shawn Johnson.

As I told you yesterday, strong rumors indicate that Chuck Wicks will be paired with his real life lady love, Julianne Hough.

I think Karina Smirnoff will have Gilles Marini, and Kym Johnson will have Steve ”the Woz” Wozniak. Lacey Schwimmer could be paired with either David Alan Grier or Lawrence Taylor.

I know I have left a few couples out, but Cheryl Burke confirmed last week that there are two new pros. What we don’t know is who they are, or if it is one male and one female. The only real buzz I have heard about the whole thing other than Cheryl’s statement is that Chelsie Hightower from season 4 of So You Think You Can Dance is said to be one of those pros. Of course, we’ll carry the full list here on the Ballroom Dance Channel’s blog on Thursday as soon as the information is made public.

If you’d like to see how much you can learn from our pros in the same amount of time as these new dancing stars have, please swing by and see us at Ballroom Dance Channel. To take your lessons on the go, visit us at the Itunes App Store!

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