Pasha Kovalev

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Pasha Kovalev
Born Pavel Kovalev
(1980-01-19) 19 January 1980 (age 34)
Komsomolsk-ne-Amure, Siberia
Nationality Russian
Occupation Professional dancer
Television So You Think You Can Dance
Strictly Come Dancing

Pavel "Pasha" Kovalev (Russian: Павел Ковалев) (born 19 January 1980 in Komsomolsk-na-Amure[1] in Siberia) is a Russian professional Latin and ballroom dancer. Kovalev started dancing at age eight. In 2001 he moved to the United States with his professional dance partner Anya Garnis.

Competitive career[edit]

Until 2000 Kovalev (listed under his full name Pavel Kovalev) competed together with Anya Garnis (listed as Anna Garnis) in the Amateur Latin category in Russia. After the move to the US Kovalev and Garnis turned professional and from 2002 started competing in the US, the United Kingdom and Canada. Their palmares includes being finalists in the US Open from 2002 to 2006.[2]

So You Think You Can Dance[edit]

In 2007, Kovalev auditioned for season 3 of the US reality show So You Think You Can Dance,[3] and has since participated in all following seasons as either a choreographer or an All Star.

Season 3[edit]

Although originally he only attended the audition to support Anya Garnis, he was asked to audition as well and together with Garnis became one of the 20 dancers chosen to compete in Series 3 from June to August 2007. Kovalev was eliminated on 13 August 2007 in the last round before the final. He and Garnis both took part in the So You Think You Can Dance Tour.

Week Partner Style Music Choreographer(s) Results
1 Jessi Peralta Smooth Waltz "Come Away With Me"—Norah Jones Tony Meredith Safe
2 Jessi Peralta Jazz "Stiff Jazz"—dZihan & Kamien Tyce Diorio Bottom Three
3 Jessi Peralta Cha Cha "Let's Get Loud"—Jennifer Lopez Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin
Safe
4 Sara Von Gillern West Coast Swing "The Rockafeller Skank"—Fatboy Slim Benji Schwimmer
Heidi Groskreutz
Safe
5 Sara Von Gillern Jazz "Body Language"—Queen Mandy Moore Safe
6 Lauren Gottlieb Hip-Hop "Fuego"—Pitbull Shane Sparks Safe
7 Sabra Johnson Broadway "A Wild Wild Party" from The Wild Party Tyce Diorio Safe
Quickstep "Mr Pinstripe Suit"—Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Tony Meredith
Melanie LaPatin
8 Lacey Schwimmer Hip-Hop "In The Morning"—Junior Boys Dave Scott TOP SIX
Smooth Waltz "A Daisy In December"—Mick McAuley & Winifred Horan Hunter Johnson

Following seasons[edit]

Season 4

During season 4 Kovalev assisted Mia Michaels on a contemporary routine, and he and his partner Anya Garnis choreographed a cha-cha routine performed by Courtney Galiano and Gev Manoukian.

Season 5

During season 5, Kovalev and Garnis choreographed a samba for Evan Kasprzak and Randi Evans.

Season 6

He and Garnis returned to So You Think You Can Dance in season 6 to lead the choreography rounds during the auditions, and later that season choreographed a jive for Russell Ferguson and Mollee Gray.

Season 7 & 8

Kovalev was also an "All-Star" for both the seventh and eighth seasons of the show, and both he and Garnis guest-choreographed for the third season of So You Think You Can Dance Australia around the same time.

Season 9

Kovalev returned to So You Think You Can Dance to choreograph a Cha-cha routine for contestants Janelle Issis and Dareian Kujawa on the third week of live shows of the ninth season of the show.

Burn the Floor[edit]

In August 2009, Kovalev joined the cast of Jason Gilkison's production Burn the Floor,[4] one of the leading ballroom based shows in the world, during its stint on Broadway. Kovalev left the show in summer 2011.

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

In September 2011, Kovalev joined the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing as the new professional dancer of its ninth series,[5] replacing Jared Murillo who had left after only one season with the BBC programme. He reached the finals in that season, as well as the following one, finishing as the runner-up both times.

Season 9[edit]

In the ninth series, his first, Kovalev was partnered with Waterloo Road actress, Chelsee Healey.[6] The two made it all the way to the finals, finishing as the runners-up to Harry Judd and his partner Aliona Vilani.

Green numbers indicate Chelsee & Pasha were at the top of the leaderboard that week.
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Horwood Goodman Dixon Tonioli Total
1 Waltz/"See the Day" 7 6 7 7 27 No Elimination
2 Salsa/"Higher" 7 7 8 7 29 Safe
3 Cha-Cha-Cha/"Beggin'" 6 8 8 8 30 Safe
4 Quickstep/"Sing Sing Sing" 9 9 9 9 36 Safe
5 Tango/"Love Potion No. 9" 7 8 9 8 32 Safe
6 Charleston/"Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue" 9 9* 9 9 36 Safe
7 Foxtrot/"Doesn't Mean Anything" 9 8 10 9 36 Safe
8 Samba/"Spice Up Your Life" 8 9 9 9 35 Safe
9 Argentine Tango/"Una Musica Brutal" 8 9 9 9 35 Safe
Swing Marathon/"Chattanooga Choo Choo" Awarded 6 Judges Points 41
10 Jive/"I'm a Believer" 9 10 10 10 39 Safe
11 American Smooth/"Time After Time" 8 9 10 9 36 Safe
Pasodoble/"Malagueña" 10 10 10 10 40
12 Jive/"I'm a Believer" 9 10 10 10 39 RUNNERS UP
Showdance/"One Night Only" 9 9 9 9 36
Rumba/"Because of You" 9 10 10 10 39
Quickstep/"Sing Sing Sing" 9 10 10 10 39

On 18 November 2011, Kovalev took part in a Strictly programme for Children in Need, partnering newsreader Emily Maitlis.[7]

He formed a new professional partnership with fellow Strictly Pro Katya Virshilas. With their show "An evening with Katya and Pasha" they toured the UK from March 27 to May 6, 2012.[8]

On 23 March 2012, Chelsee & Pasha took part in an underwater special of Strictly Come Dancing in aid of Sport Relief, competing against Strictly Come Dancing 2011 winners Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani. After resulting in a tie with the judges' scores, they won the show after a decision being made by Head judge Len Goodman.

Season 10[edit]

For the 2012 series, it was revealed that he will be dancing with Girls Aloud singer, Kimberley Walsh. The two made it all the way to the finals, finishing as the runners-ups to Olympic gymnast Louis Smith and his partner Flavia Cacace. By coming second, Pasha became the first male professional dancer to reach two consecutive Strictly finals, and the third professional dancer to do so overall after Lilia Kopylova and Aliona Vilani.

Green numbers indicate Kimberley & Pasha were at the top of the leaderboard that week.
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli Total
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/"Domino" 7 7 7 7 28 No Elimination
2 Foxtrot/"Someone Like You" 7 6 6 7 26 Safe
3 Quickstep/"Get Happy" 7 7 7 8 29 Safe
4 Paso Doble/"Hungry Like The Wolf" 8 8 7 8 31 Safe
5 Salsa/"Naughty Girl" 8 8 8 9 33 Safe
6 Viennese Waltz/"A Thousand Years" 8 8 9 9 34 Bottom Two
7 Samba/"Livin' la Vida Loca" 8 8 9 9 34 Safe
8 Tango/"When Doves Cry" 8 9 8 9 34 Safe
9 Jive/"Land of a Thousand Dances" 9 8 8 9 34 Safe
10 Cha-Cha-Cha & Tango Fusion
"It's Raining Men"
10 10 10 10 40 Safe
11 American Smooth/"Fever" 9 10 9 10 38 Safe
Charleston/"Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines" 10 10 10 10 40
12 Viennese Waltz / "A Thousand Years" 9 10 10 10 39 RUNNERS UP
Showdance / "Crazy In Love" 9 10 10 10 39
Tango / "When Doves Cry"—Prince 10 10 10 10 40

Season 11[edit]

For the 2013 series, Kovalev was partnered with Countdown co-presenter Rachel Riley.

Green numbers indicate Rachel & Pasha were at the top of the leaderboard that week.
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Horwood Bussell Goodman Tonioli Total
1 Waltz/"When I Need You" 6 7 7 7 27 No Elimination
2 Salsa/"Get Lucky" 4 5 6 5 20 Safe
3 Cha-Cha-Cha/"When Love Takes Over" 6 7 7 7 27 Safe
4 Quickstep/"Johnny Got a Boom Boom" 5 7 7 7 26 Bottom two
5 Paso Doble/"Maneater" 4 6 6 6 22 Safe
6 American Smooth/"I Put a Spell on You" 7 7 8 8 30 Eliminated

Other appearances[edit]

Kovalev and Garnis appeared on the sixth season of Dancing with the Stars in a results show performance, dancing to "Come On Over" by Jessica Simpson.

In early 2009 he again performed with Garnis on the international dance show Superstars of Dance, representing Russia in the duet category, but they were then replaced by another couple in the January 19th episode.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "【俄罗斯】外国男DANCER★Pasha Kovalev★_handsome_boy吧_百度贴吧". Tieba.baidu.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  2. ^ "DancesportInfo.net". DancesportInfo.net. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  3. ^ "FOX Broadcasting Company - So You Think You Can Dance on FOX - Season 9 - Official Site". Fox.com. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Pasha Kovalev (1970-01-01). "Strictly Come Dancing 2011 - Professionals - Pasha Kovalev". BBC. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  6. ^ Chelsee Healey (1970-01-01). "Strictly Come Dancing 2011 - Celebrities - Chelsee Healey". BBC. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  7. ^ "Strictly Come Dancing: newsreaders perform for Children in Need special". Telegraph. 2011-11-15. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  8. ^ "HOME". katyaandpasha. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev
Strictly Come Dancing runner up
(with partner Kimberley Walsh)

Series 10 (2012)
Succeeded by
Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton
Preceded by
Matt Baker and Aliona Vilani
Strictly Come Dancing runner up
(with partner Chelsee Healey)

Series 9 (2011)
Succeeded by
Kimberley Walsh and Pasha Kovalev