10 Things You Didn’t Know About Dancing With the Stars’ Carrie Ann Inaba
8. Early Life
Carrie Ann Inaba was born on January 5, 1968, in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was born and raised. She graduated from Punahou School in 1986 and then left Hawaii to attend Sophia University and University of California, Irvine and she eventually graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelors degree in world arts and cultures. She was very close with both of her parents and opened up about her father, Rodney Y. Inaba’s passing in 2013, writing in her People blog for Dancing With the Stars, “I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make it through the show with all the emotions that have been overflowing. But I felt my father’s spirit was with me last night, supporting me and cheering me on. And I dedicated the show to him, in gratitude for all that he taught me about life; for his bravery, his courage, his huge heart and his love for the underdog.” Unfortunately, both of her parents battled cancer. Her father was diagnosed with stage four base tongue cancer in 2010 and her mother battled breast cancer after being diagnosed in 2009.
Among her many and varied accomplishments and talents, Carrie Ann Inaba is a very respected choreographer in Hollywood. She has choreographed numerous popular TV series including American Idol, All American Girl, Married by America, Who Want to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? and was also the choreographer behind the Miss America Pageant for five years.