Character.karina
PERFORMER Jennifer Barnhart
DEBUT 2005

Karina the Ballerina appeared in Sesame Street Episode 4091 as Zoe's friend from dance class. They dance with Elmo to the tune of the Rondo Alla Turca movement from Mozart's "Sonata in A."

Her name is a take on Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin's 1971 ballet of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.

The year Karina was introduced, Frankie Cordero puppeteered her on the Sesame Street float at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Karina is similar in design to Olive, a main character on the French co-production of Sesame Street, 5, Rue Sésame. In subsequent years, the puppet has been used as a stock AM Monster, and was later recycled (with altered features) as Karli.

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