Dancing with the Stars Costumes
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When it came time to design this week’s costume, Dancing with the Stars‘ Karina Smirnoff took a straightforward approach. “I wanted to make it simple and bright!” the dancer exclusively tells InStyle.com. Smirnoff and partner Sean Avery performed a Salsa routine; the genre inspired Smirnoff. “I added short yellow ruffles and rhinestones to my dress to support the Cuban theme,” she says, which also accentuated the hip movements.

Karina Smirnoff and Sean Avery earned a 21/30 from the judges, which unfortunately did not earn them a spot on next week’s lineup. They, along with Henry Byalikov and Diana Nyad, were eliminated last night.

Tune in next Monday night at 8/7c on ABC for the live results show. And for exclusive details on Karina Smirnoff’s premiere costume, click here.