Dancing with the Stars’ Karina Smirnoff hosted JCPenney’s New Year, New You Fitness Event in JCPenney’s SoHo showroom in NYC.  Karina looked radiant and fit in JCPenney’s Xersion and CityStreets Activewear lines as she led dance classes and juiced healthy treats with JCPenney’s Bella High Power Juice Extractor and Magic Bullet Blender. Karina expressed her excitedment to partner with JCPenney to showcase ways to feel great from the inside out.  Karina gushed about how comfortable the clothes are in addition to being adorable and even a little sexy. After having a chance to try the clothes out for myself I have to say that I quite agree. Now, not to sound like a total snob but I’m not a person who shops at JCPenney–as in ever. I don’t think I’ve ever set foot in one of their stores. But the clothes were well made and truthfully, even more comfortable than my Lululemon outfits. It’s great that JCPenney has such a wide selection from activewear that’s much more affordable. I plan to definitely order a couple more pairs of pants from the collection. Check them out here. I swear, I haven’t been paid to say this either. JCPenney is also doing what they can to sell healthy home items to keep the entire family feeling fit and healthy in the new year.

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The event was fab and in addition to Karina, her fellow DWTS Dancer Henry Byalikov also brought his expertise to the floor teaching salsa and high octane routines to the excited participants. I had a chance to take his class and let me tell you there was a whole lotta hip jiving and twisting going on–and not all of it good–mostly I’m referring to me. Henry of course made everything look easy as pie.

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Guests were then treated to fresh juices created by celebrity nutritionist and chef, Melissa Petitto. She was showcasing JCPenney’s national brand juicers to quench peoples’ thirst.  JCPenney has trusted brands from Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer to the Magic Bullet Blender. Before I got my Vitamix (which is god-like) I had the Bullet and must say it treated me pretty well. While I love my Vitamix, which was a wedding present, these juicers and blenders fit a bit better into a family’s healthy lifestyle and budget.

When asked about Season 18 of DWTS Karina was tightlipped about details and mentioned that the announcements would still be a few weeks away. I haven’t heard anything yet so I am just as anxious and excited as everyone else! When asked who would be her ultimate dancing partner, dead or alive, she said, Michael Jackson. His talent and dancing was amazing and it would have been an honor and a treat to dance with him.

How are your New Year’s resolutions going? Let me know in the comments?!

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