Jan. 5th, 1968
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
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Carrie Ann Inaba (born January 5, 1968) is an American dancer, choreographer, television dance competition judge, actress, game show host, and singer.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, graduating from Punahou School in 1986. She is of Chinese, Japanese, and Irish descent. She attended Sophia University and University of California, Irvine before graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. degree in world arts and cultures. She is the youngest of two children.
At the age of 16, she and her closest friend 'Tina Horii' won the Hawaii statewide competition, "Search for Talent," dancing a piece that they had choreographed together. While still sixteen, Inaba was scouted to go to Japan to become a "Teen Idol."
After realizing that the Tokyo lifestyle wasn't for her at the time, Inaba returned to the United States, relocating to California. She began to study choreography at the University of California, Irvine. It wasn't long till she got the bug to dance in Los Angeles and moved up to study with Alexandre Magno at the 'Debbie Reynolds' Studios in North Hollywood, California. One day in dance class, Inaba was approached by a producer who asked her to be in a music video for an artist named Terry Lin. She met the choreographer and booked the job. She was ready to start working.
One of her first jobs was as a dancer for the Emmy Award-winning television show, In Living Color (1990). Her next big gig was performing with 'Madonna', being featured as the "Pole Girl" on The Girlie Show tour. For this tour, Inaba had to shave her head and also train with circus trainers and a stripper. She later went on to dance with 'Ricky Martin', 'David Copperfield', 'Chayanne', and did a lot of appearances on shows such as The Creative Arts Emmys, The SAG Awards, The NAACP Awards, The MTV Awards, The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986), and so much more. To this day, she still loves to dance. In her heart of hearts, it is the movement and the music that will always inspire her as an artist. In fact, even as an actress, she likes to incorporate dance and movement.
When Inaba began her acting career, her main interest was in action roles. She studied tae kwon do with 'Billy Blanks', the creator Taebo, and continues her education in martial arts. She also practices hatha yoga.
Besides performing, Inaba has many credits behind the scenes as well. Besides her choreography, she opened up her own digital video production company, EnterMediArts, Inc., which produced two of her documentaries and her short film. She hopes that EnterMediArts, Inc. will soon produce more reality/education television programming, behind-the-scenes DVD productions as well as lower-end film projects. She is the president and CEO for the company and has directed and edited most of her own projects. She loves the entertainment industry and loves the accessibility that DV (Digital Video) provides. She invested in a few edit bays and a few cameras and produces projects for fellow artists and "creatives." As her company's name implies, Inaba likes to break down barriers and combine elements, creating hybrids just like she, herself, is a combination of cultures. Her production company, EnterMediArts, Inc., gets its name from Entertainment, Media, and the Arts all rolled into one.
Inaba has also modeled here and there and has been on the cover of European magazines and Japanese magazines. She was the national spokesmodel for an AT&T Asian Campaign and has been in many commercials throughout her career.
At the time of this writing, Inaba is in the limelight once more for her participation in the hit show, Dancing with the Stars (2005) and Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann (2008).
Inaba dated Artem Chigvintsev, a dancer and former So You Think You Can Dance contestant, from 2006 to 2008.
On the March 31, 2011 episode of Live with Regis and Kelly, Regis Philbin was "answering" a letter asking for advice on how to propose. The lights dimmed just before Inaba's boyfriend, Jesse Sloan, appeared on stage. With violinists playing in the background, Sloan, bent on one knee, asked for Inaba's hand, to which she responded "Yes! I will marry you!" Inaba and Jesse met on online dating site eHarmony. In an interview with US Weekly in 2011, Inaba stated that she and Sloan would marry in the summer of that year. In (September 2012), a representative for Dancing with the Stars announced that Inaba and Sloan had amicably ended their engagement
- Attended college in Japan and California, and is a UCLA graduate.
- Is of Japanese, Chinese, and Irish descent.
- In 1986-1988, lived in Japan and released three records as a teen pop star.
- Graduated in 1986 from Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
- Engaged to actor John LaRusso. (May 2002)
- Lives in Los Angeles with her three cats: Squeaker, Taz and Shadow. (July 2005)
- Graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in world arts & cultures.