Pasha’s passionate about a Life Through Dance

Pasha Kovalev is at Ferneham Hall on Sunday
Pasha Kovalev is at Ferneham Hall on Sunday
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Reigning Strictly Come Dancing champion Pasha Kovalev is already dreaming about becoming the show’s first professional dancer to lift the glitterball twice.

But in the meantime, the Russian dancer is bringing his latest tour, Life Through Dance to Fareham on Sunday.

Pasha won the 2014 series of the hit BBC show with his celebrity partner, TV presenter Caroline Flack, after being runner-up twice in the past four years.

He recalls the moment they won: ‘It was quite an experience because until then I definitely didn’t know who would win and for a second I was wondering if it was our names, and then it started sinking in.

‘I’ve been to the finals before, so it was third time lucky. Especially with Caroline, because her transformation as a dancer was absolutely incredible.

‘With each dance, particularly towards the end of the show, she was proving to herself and to me and the audience that she was getting better and better and better.

I intend to take the audience through every day events, like meeting people, falling in love, building relationships, having a confrontation, and expressing it all though the language of dance

Dancer Pasha Kovalev

‘No-one has won it twice – maybe I could be the first, that would be great.

‘We haven’t had the calls yet from the production team asking us to take part in this year’s series, but I would definitely love to be in it again.’

Describing the tour he says: ‘I call this tour Life Through Dance and I intend to take the audience through every day events, like meeting people, falling in love, building relationships, having a confrontation, and expressing it all though the language of dance.

‘It’s going to be a lot of dancing, and all the dance styles that people are used to seeing on Strictly – ballroom and latin, and trying to make it accessible for all the family, so everyone will find something they will enjoy in the show.

And he will be reunited with his professional partner Anya Garnis, who he moved to the United States with from Russia in 2007.

‘She was working on Strictly this season but more behind the scenes,’ says Pasha, ‘but as far as dancing together we’ve had a little break so I’m excited to start working with her again. We have 13 years of dancing together.

Doors open 7.30pm on Sunday. Tickets cost £23 or £25 from the box office on 01329 231942 or at fernehamhall.co.uk