Pasha Kovalev

Siberian-born Pasha specialises in Ballroom and Latin dance.

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Since joining the show two years ago in Series 9, Pasha has twice made it to the Strictly final. He danced with Kimberley Walsh and Chelsee Healey but, lost out to Louis Smith and Harry Judd, respectively.

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Pasha Kovalev

Pasha describes his teaching style as patience, patience, patience. His favourite dance performed on the show was the Rumba with Chelsee, or the Fusion dance with Kimberly which scored them the first 40 of last series.

This year Pasha has teamed up with Countdown Presenter Rachel Riley. Will their scores add up to a win? 


Pasha started dancing when he was just eight years old after his mum took him to one of the biggest ballroom dancing competitions in his area. Dancing wasn't a career choice for Pasha in the beginning, but that changed when he realised that it was something he "can't live without".

Most of his achievements have come in America, where he has been a US National Latin Finalist, and an Ohio Star Ball Finalist. Until 2000 Pasha competed with Anya Garnis in the Amateur Latin Category in Russia, and in 2001 the couple moved to the US.

Pasha has taught all styles of Ballroom including International Standard, American Smooth and Rhythm, but his specialty is International Latin.

In 2007, Pasha was a finalist on the American version of “So You Think You Can Dance” and went on to choreograph dances in every season that has followed.


Apart from dancing, Pasha loves to read, watch good films, travel, sample great food and relax with computer games. He's even built his own computer! 

His professional partner is former Strictly dancer, Katya Virshilas.

Pasha was a finalist on the American version of So You Think You Can Dance in 2003, as well as appearing on Burn the Floor on Broadway and in the West End.


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