Dance Specialty: Latin/Ballroom
Hometown: Siberia, Russia
Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA
Pavel "Pasha" Kovalev (born January 19, 1980) is a Latin and ballroom dancer who auditioned for the show in New York City with longtime partner and fellow finalist Anya Garnis. A Russian native, he began dancing at the age of 8, and received formal training in ballet and jazz as he grew older. His favorite professional dancers are Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Before So You Think You Can Dance, Kovalev appeared in the production Lois and Lois. He joined Season 4 of the competition, but was eliminated on August 13, 2007. During season 4 he assisted Mia Michaels on a contemporary routine and choreographed a cha-cha routine (with his partner Anya Garnis) that was performed by Courtney Galiano and Gev Manoukian. During Season 5 of SYTYCD, Kovalev and Garnis choreographed a samba for Evan Kasprzak and Randi Evans.
He and Anya also appeared on the seventh season of Dancing With The Stars on a results show performance, dancing to "Come On Over" by Jessica Simpson. He performed with Anya on the international dance show Superstars of Dance, representing Russia in the duet category, but was then replaced by an unnamed dancer in the January 19th episode. Again, he and Anya returned to SYTYCD in Season 6 to lead the choreography rounds during the auditions, and later to choreograph a jive for contestants Russell Ferguson and Mollee Gray. Both Anya and Pasha have also recently guest-choreographed for the third season of SYTYCD Australia, and are currently involved in Jason Gilkinson's production "Burn the Floor."
It has also been announced that Pasha Kovalev will be an "All-Star" for the Seventh Season of SYTYCD America.
Pasha returned to SYTYCD Season 8 to perform with Iveta Lukosiute.
|Season 3 Contestants|
Anya Garnis · Ashlee Langas · Cedric Garner · Danny Tidwell · Dominic Sandoval · Faina Savich · Hok Konishi · Jaimie Goodwin · Jessi Peralta · Jesús Solorio · Jimmy Arguello · Kameron Bink · Lacey Schwimmer · Lauren Gottlieb · Neil Haskell · Pasha Kovalev · Ricky Palomino · Sabra Johnson · Sara Von Gillern · Shauna Noland