Petra Nemcova, left, performs with her partner Dmitry Chaplin on "Dancing with the Stars.” (Adam Larkey/AP)

“So now there’s the next chapter for me: rebuilding schools,” she said.

The 31-year-old was injured and her fiance was tragically killed during the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. She founded the Happy Hearts Foundation, a nonprofit “dedicated to improving children’s lives through educational and sustainable programs in natural disaster areas,” in 2005, and honored the victims of the tsunami with a waltz. “Everything was so special,” she said of the dance. “And the story was really about raising up from sadness to strength and at the same time raising other children up.”

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