“I find it interesting that every single country I visit, people just love dancing.With ballroom especially, you can watch the story of two people unfold and understand the relationship.But an entertainer’s role has always been to wander the land entertaining the masses.A role embodied in full effect by 2014 champion Pasha Kovalev, whose passion for dance has taken him from his native Serbia to Russia, America and now England – where he is in the middle of an astounding 79-date tour which comes to Watford in June.Over the past few years, he has embarked on a number of solo tours and this time, he will be joined by Anya Garnis for an evening of Hollywood glamour.Kovalev and his fellow dancers will perform award-worthy dances set to a Hollywood theme.“Each time I do a different show and create something new,” Pasha, who loves a bit of audience participation, told Seven Days previously.
Things come your way and you have a choice of taking it or not taking it.“ Pasha, whose real name is Pavel, started dancing when he was eight and he soon realised he couldn’t live without it.
He moved to the US in 2001, when he turned professional, and started touring the US, Canada and UK in 2002, and has featured in dance productions on Broadway and the West End, such as in 2011. “It’s a lot of dates and a lot of them are sold out already, definitely winning but producers don’t start talking to us until late spring or summer, so I’m a free agent for now.“ His style of teaching on the BBC show is “more on the strict side” and he has a no-nonsense attitude to talk of a ‘ is such a big show with everybody on display all the time it gets magnified and blown out of proportion.
“None of those moves were pre-planned or even thought of before it happened,“ he says. Some people try to pretend they have control over reality, but you don’t know what’s going to happen tonight.“ He adds: “In dance you don’t have to predict anything, you just express what you feel inside and that’s enough to become a good dancer and inspire an audience.“ That said he spent weeks planning his new tour , for which he has reunited with his former professional dance partner Anya Garnis. “People fall in love and break up all the time – you see it in your friends and family – and I’m sure it’s the same thing.” He adds: “In most of the time you focus on what lies ahead and not the intimate part.
The couple competed in Russia and moved to the US together where they successfully auditioned for season three of So You Think You Can Dance, before Pasha joined the team of Strictly.
He is thrilled that the show has led to his own, spin-off tour, but believes the universal appeal of dancing has a huge hand in his success.