Carrie Ann Inaba is an American singer, dancer, actress, and choreographer. Born January 5, 1968 in Honolulu, Hawaii and was raised in America, although Inaba is of Japanese, Chinese, and Irish descent. After graduating from Punaou School in 1986, she attended Sophia University, a private research university in Tokyo, Japan where she lived until 1988. She then attended the University of California in Irvine and eventually graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in world arts and cultures from the University of California in Los Angeles.
While living in Tokyo, Japan, Inaba became a popular singer and released three singles and even hosted weekly radio and television series. In addition to being a talented singer, Inaba worked as a dancer for a time and appeared as a backup dancer on the popular television show “In Living Color” from 1990 to 1992 and appeared on several musical tours as a backup dancer for such notorious artists as Prince, David Bowie, and Madonna.
Carrie Ann Inaba has also made a name for herself as an actress, having appeared in films such as ”Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and “Austin Powers in Goldmember” alongside famous actor Mike Meyers and actress Diane Mizota. Most of Inaba’s appearances and success, however, has been fueled by her talents as a dancer, and appeared as such in other films such as “Showgirls,” “American Virgin,” “Lord of Illusions,” and Monster Mash: The Movie” as well as on the television series “Jack & Jill” and “Nikki.” Inaba also appeared as a TV Guide anchor, covering such events as the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards.
Not surprisingly, Inaba has also been successful as a choreographer and has choreographed several television series including “American Idol,” “Married by America,” and “The Swan.” Her work as a choreographer and her talents as a dancer have not, however been limited to television series. For five yeas, Inaba choreographed the Miss America Pageant and provided choreography during the first season of the popular dance competition televised as “So You Think You Can Dance.” In 2009, she also acted as an honorary judge at the USA Dance National DanceSport Championships.
Inaba has also founded her own video production company, EnterMediArts, Inc. of which she is also President and has written, directed, and edited films. In 2012, she founded the Carrie Ann Animal Foundation and is a supporter of such groups as PETA and the Human Society of the United States. Carrie Ann Inaba also suffers from spinal stenosis and claims to be legally blind.