is a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing.
Last updated 2nd December 2016
Pasha Kovalev is former US Open finalists Champion 2002 – 2006.
Since joining Strictly in Series 9, Pasha has made it to the Strictly final 3 times!
In 2012 he danced with Kimberley Walsh, and Chelsee Healey in 2011, but lost out to Louis Smith and Harry Judd, respectively.
In 2014 Pasha was crowned Strictly champion with TV Presenter Caroline Flack.
In 2016 Pasha partnered BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty, sadly they were eliminated in week 4.
Pasha was also choreographer & All Stars of hit US TV show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, plus most recently Stars of Broadway & West End show ‘Burn The Floor’
Pasha is starring in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Day Special.
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Pasha Kovalev started dancing at the age eight. From 2002 onwards Pasha started competing in the US with dance partner Anya Garnis – being finalists in the US Open from 2002 to 2006.
Pasha’s celebrity partner this year is BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty. Naga joined the BBC in 2008 presenting Working Lunch, since 2009 she’s been a regular on the BBC Breakfast sofa.
On joining Strictly Naga said ‘Being trained to dance by a brilliant professional dancer is a massive opportunity. I feel really lucky. It’s a dream come true.’
In 2015 Pasha partnered with Carol Kirkwood. Award-winning Carol is one of the BBC’s most experienced and beloved weather presenters, best known for presenting the weather on BBC Breakfast.
In 2007 Pasha auditioned for season 3 of the US reality show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, and has since participated in all following seasons as either a choreographer or an All Star.
In 2011, Pasha’s first series of Strictly Come Dancing, he was partnered with Waterloo Road actress Chelsee Healey. The two made it all the way to the finals, finishing as the runners-up to Harry Judd and his partner Aliona Vilani. In 2012, Pasha danced with Girls Aloud singer, Kimberley Walsh. The two made it all the way to the finals, finishing as runners-ups to Olympic gymnast Louis Smith and his partner Flavia Cacace. The eleventh series of Strictly Come Dancing saw him partnering Countdown Presenter Rachel Riley.
Find out more about Pasha’s dancing profile on his official BBC Strictly Come Dancing profile page.
Anya Garnis is a Russian-born Latin dancer from New York City.
Anya started dancing at the age of 10 and has reached the finals at the 2004 U.S. Open Ballroom Championship – Anya has been dancing with partner and fellow finalist Pasha Kovalev for nine years.
In 2005 Anya and Pasha Kovalev came in fifth in the American Ballroom Challenge finals. She and Pasha appeared on the sixth season of Dancing with the Stars in a results show performance, dancing to “Come On Over” by Jessica Simpson. She also performed with him on the international dance show “Superstars of Dance”, representing Russia in the duet category.
Anya has been a Contestant, Choreographer & All-Star of hit US show “So You Think You Can Dance”, Principal Performer on Broadway and West End of the show “Burn The Floor” and most recently Professional Dancer on “Dancing With The Stars” Live in Vegas with celebrity partner Joey Fatone
Anya was thrilled to be a professional dancer on the eleventh series of Strictly Come Dancing, partnering Casualty Star Patrick Robinson.
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