Karina Smirnoff leaving 'Dancing With the Stars'

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Another professional is calling it quits on "Dancing with the Stars." Karina Smirnoff, who has been dazzling audiences with her moves and beauty on the ABC series since its third season, will not return for the show's 20th season.
Karina Smirnoff arrives at the People's Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Karina Smirnoff arrives at the People's Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Photo by: JMA/STAR MAX/IPx 10/23/14 Karina Smirnoff at The Life & Style Weekly 10th Anniversary Party. (Hollywood, CA)
Karina Smirnoff arrives at the 6th Annual Get Lucky For Lupus Poker Tournament on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Photo by: JMA/STAR MAX/IPx 9/13/14 Karina Smirnoff at The Brent Shapiro Foundation 2014 Annual Summer Spectacular Under the Stars Gala. (Beverly Hills, CA)
Photo by: JMA/STAR MAX/IPx 9/13/14 Karina Smirnoff at The Brent Shapiro Foundation 2014 Annual Summer Spectacular Under the Stars Gala. (Beverly Hills, CA)
Karina Smirnoff arrives at Variety and Women in Film's pre-Emmy celebration at Gracias Madre on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Karina Smirnoff arrives at the premiere of Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue sponsored by Coco Joy Kids at El Capitan on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Coco Joy Kids/AP Images)
Karina Smirnoff arrives at the Distortion of Sound documentary premiere presented by Harman at the Grammy Museum on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for Harman/AP Images)
Karina Smirnoff arrives at the world premiere of "Million Dollar Arm" on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Karina Smirnoff arrives at the world premiere of "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Karina Smirnoff arrives at 2014 Elton John Oscar Viewing and After Party Mar. 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Karina Smirnoff arrives at unite4:good and Variety's unite4:humanity at Sony Pictures Studios on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Bright Future International/AP Images)
Karina Smirnoff arrives at 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival - Montecito Award ceremony on Wednesday, Feb, 5, 2014 in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Karina Smirnoff arrives to the Audi Golden Globes Cocktail Party held at Cecconi's Restaurant on January 9, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Karina Smirnoff arrives at the premiere of "Machete Kills" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Dancer Karina Smirnoff arrives at the 2013 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Fig & Olive on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
Dancer Karina Smirnoff attends the premiere of "Two Guns" on Monday, July 29, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
“Dancing with the Stars” professional dancers Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy rehearse for the upcoming Broadway show "Forever Tango" on Friday, June 28, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Karina Smirnoff attends the world premiere of "The Lone Ranger" at Disney California Adventure on Saturday, June 22, 2013 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Karina Smirnoff arrives at the LA premiere of "Monsters University" at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday, June 15, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Karina Smirnoff arrives at the MTV Movie Awards in Sony Pictures Studio Lot in Culver City, Calif., on Sunday April 14, 2013. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Television personality Karina Smirnoff arrives at the 2013 Elton John Oscar Party in West Hollywood, Calif. on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
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Another Dancing With the Stars favorite is saying goodbye to the popular ABC dance reality competition series.

Pro dancer Karina Smirnoff, who got engaged in January, took to Instagram on Tuesday to announce her departure from DWTS.

"Many of you have been asking if I will be back for season 20 of DWTS and I wanted all of my incredible family to hear it directly from me," Smirnoff wrote. "After a lot of thought and prayer, I've decided to focus my energies on some other exciting endeavors including adding author to my resume."

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Karina made her DWTS debut in the show's third season where she came in second, almost securing the coveted mirror ball trophy. Since her start in 2006, she's appeared in 16 straight seasons of the show – except season 10. Karina finally came in first in season 13, when she was partnered with J.R. Martinez.

"I have absolutely loved dancing for all of you for all these years and feel blessed to have been given a platform to put my passion for dance, choreography and creativity on display," Smirnoff continues. "DWTS has been a huge part of my life for the last 10 years and I will always have a special place in my heart for it. I am thrilled that now you will be seeing more of me in new arenas in the days and weeks to come."

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Karina is the latest in a score of DWTS regulars to leave the show, including dancer Cheryl Burke, fan favorite Derek Hough, and head judge Len Goodman.

The 20th season of Dancing With the Stars premieres March 16 on ABC.

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