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27 News exclusive with DWTS pro Karina Smirnoff


MADISON (WKOW) -- In a 27 News exclusive, Dancing with the Stars pro, Karina Smirnoff talked with Wake Up anchor Lindsay Veremis. Smirnoff gave us the scoop on this season, its stars and a charity close to her heart.

DWTS has made Smirnoff a household name. Now in its 16th season, she says this cycle is one of her favorites.

"The cast is really, really tight," Smirnoff said. "It's the first time where we all hang out together, we're all friends, we all take pictures behind the scenes."

Drama is often part of the competition she says, but this year, the only attitudes you'll see, are during performances out on the floor.

Does she expect to walk away with the mirror ball trophy this year? Not exactly.

"You know I told Jacoby, let's just enjoy the process," Smirnoff said. "It's maximum 10 weeks if we go to the very end, I want you to love every single dance and have great memories."

Outside the ballroom, Smirnoff is using her dancing fame to promote a non-profit for the arts called Bright Future International. The world-wide foundation helps disadvantaged children, refugees and women by introducing them to the arts.

Smirnoff says dance offers and important outlet.

"I think the fact that kids, they always look for a form of expression. They want to find their way to emotionally express how they feel," she explained.

Without it, she says they could turn to destructive behavior, even crime. She believes you can learn a lot more than steps on the dance floor, if you have the opportunity.

"Love, kindness, compassion, discipline," she said.

Smirnoff says the foundation needs money to keep its work going. She'll be hosting a special evening of music and dance in New York next month to raise funds. Some of ballet's greatest current stars will be there and some of the dance world's future stars.

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