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Karate Kid, Boxing Legend to Boogie With Russian Women on "Dancing With the Stars"

3. March 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

The twelfth season of Dancing With the Stars kicks off March 21 and Ukraine’s Karina Smirnoff and Russia’s Anna Trebunskaya will be back on the dance floor, waltzing, jitterbugging, and boogying with celebrity partners. Yesterday ABC announced pairings for the upcoming season. Here are the stars who will dance with the lovely Russian women.


Ralph Macchio – Karina Smirnoff

Actor Ralph Macchio, best known for his role as Daniel LaRusso in the Karate Kid films, will dance with Ukraine’s Karina Smirnoff. Macchio, 49, has also starred in My Cousin Vinny, The Outsiders, and Eight is Enough.

Karina Smirnoff, 33, was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine, but moved to the United States when she was a young girl. Karina, a five-time U.S. National Champion, World Trophy Champion, and Asian Open Champion, has danced with Mario Lopez, Billy Ray Cyrus, Aaron Carter, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino in past seasons of Dancing With the Stars.


Sugar Ray Leonard – Anna Trebunskaya

Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard will dance with Russia’s Anna Trebunskaya in the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars. Leonard, 54, won an Olympic gold medal in boxing and lost only one fight during his impressive career. 

Anna Trebunskaya, 30, was born in Russia and moved to the United States with her parents when she was 17 years old. Trebunskaya has danced with Jerry Rice, Albert Reed, Steve Guttenberg, Chuck Liddell, and Kurt Warner in past seasons of the popular dancing reality show.

The twelfth season of Dancing With the Stars premieres on March 21, 2011 and will also feature Disney actress Chelsea Kane, WWE Wrestler Chris Jericho, Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Playboy star Kendra Wilkinson, actress Kirstie Alley, radio host Mike Catherwood, supermodel Petra Nemacova, rapper Romeo (formerly Lil’ Romeo), and media personality Wendy Williams.