Siberian-born Pasha is ready to lift the Glitterball once again!
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A member of the Strictly family since series nine, and one-time champion alongside Caroline Flack in 2014, Pasha is aiming for greatness once again this year!
Being able to bring that beautiful form of art into everyone's home is a dream come true!Pasha Kovalev
He's made it to the Final on two other occasions, taking the runner-up spot with Kimberley Walsh in 2012 and Chelsee Healey in 2011. But Pasha’s not always ranked so highly. Back in 2013, he and his partner Countdown maths whizz Rachel Riley left during week six’s Halloween Special, sealing a similar fate with weather reporter Carol Kirkwood in 2015 by bowing out in week seven.
Since then, he's remained lower down the leaderboard, finishing in 12th place with BBC journalist Naga Munchetty in 2016 and being first out the door in 2017 with Eastenders actress Chizzy Akudolu. With Ashley Roberts by his side this year, could 2018 be his chance to rise to the top once again?
Pasha describes his teaching style as "patience, patience, patience!" and lists his Fusion routine with Kimberley Walsh as once of his favourite ever Strictly dances, which earned them the first 40 of the series.
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 part of Russia. 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".
Until 2000, Pasha competed with Anya Garnis in the Amateur Latin Category in Russia, and in 2001, the couple moved to the US where Pasha clocked up the achievements, including becoming a US National Latin Finalist, and an Ohio Star Ball Finalist.
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. He’s also appeared in Burn The Floor, both on Broadway and in the West End.
Apart from dancing, Pasha loves to read, watch films, travel and sample great food.
Pasha loves computer games and has even built his own computer!
His professional partner is former Strictly dancer, Katya Virshilas.