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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Slavik Kryklyvyy and Karina Smirnoff on the Big Screen!

World professional Latin finalists, Slavik Kryklyvyy and Karina Smirnoff, were suddenly interrupted from a morning practice in New York City in summer 2003 to meet a flustered Richard Gere. Gere was struggling through an early Shall We Dance? rehearsal, and the star-struck dancers gladly performed a few numbers to demonstrate the art of partnering. Gere was delighted and amazed, but his shock was no match to that of Slavik and Karina when they found out they would be dancing in the movie as well. “We were not supposed to be in the movie at all," says Slavik excitedly, his dark brown hair slicked back in the usual manner. "We were just there to teach choreography." But things changed quickly when Slavik was cast as Jennifer Lopez's standard partner and Karina was offered a separate speaking and dancing role with Stanley Tucci. Tracy Jo Figueroa caught the dynamic dance pair between travels to discuss their experience on and off set.
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