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Karina Smirnoff takes us behind the scenes of her Dancing with the Stars training

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Karina preps for premiere

Season 13 of Dancing with the Stars is less than two weeks away, and Karina Smirnoff is giving us a sneak peek at her and partner JR Martinez's premiere practice.

Karina Smirnoff and JR MartinezBetween planning her upcoming nuptials and promoting her makeup, shoe, and DVD line, it's amazing that Karina Smirnoff has time for anything else.

But the multi-talented Smirnoff has pushed those pursuits aside to focus on the most important thing on her plate right now: the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars.

"Training is going really well," Karina tells SheKnows. "JR is a perfect fit for me. He is an incredible person with a soldier's work ethic."

The couple's compatibility is so good that Karina says she thinks they have a solid chance of winning.

"He is very committed to everything that he takes on, so his focus and determination are going to benefit him greatly," says Karina. "Not to mention he's a lot of fun! Personality mixed with dedication are definitely a winning combination."

Though her attention is on the stage, Karina is still managing to fit in some fun, hosting the re-opening of Robbins Brothers, The Engagement Ring Store with jeweler Simon G in Mission Viejo tomorrow night.

Though she's keeping much of her wedding plans under wraps, Karina tells SheKnows the preparations for her big day, which she describes as "a mixture of princess elegance and tropical luxury" are practically complete.

"My manager is also my maid of honor, so she's had everything pretty much in order for a couple months," says Karina. "We love being busy!"

*Tune in to ABC at 8/7 c. on Sept. 19th to watch the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars.

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