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Apr24

I know this is very delayed, alas real life bit me your web mistress firmly in the rear end. Alas enough with putting off the review of the wonderful..fantastic Pasha & Katya on The West End one night only!

The energy of just walking in for the West end show was completely different. A Buzz, a pack and well it was a little bit cramped. I admit I oogled one Ian Waite a little bit, but I did refrain more then once from pestering him for a photo or autograph. He was out for a night and chatting with people so I just ogled from a short distance. Tall he is very tall! There were other celebs of course, Kimberley and Kara. Natalie! People everywhere!

When the show started I know everyone with me was so happy, electric. The whole company was on their mark and it was fantastic! Now, one thing I did notice and so did some of my other Pashanistas that the crowd was a little bit subdued. It is to be expected from a West end crowd. They were appreciative but more subdued then Hayes.

Never the less, the show itself was off to a kicking start. None of the small bobbles that I noticed at Hayes everything was sharp and just pure perfection. It was something else getting to see them on the West end stage.  The banter was cute between them as always.

The waltz oh if I thought I was emotional the first time I saw it the second time I was a train wreck. I knew it was coming, I knew how beautiful it was. Once again however I cried and I cried pretty darn good. There are witnesses to my waterworks. I don’t feel bad about it though. This is what true dance can do, it evokes such emotion that even if you see it coming, know the steps you get emotional. I was moved to tears both times I saw this dance, more so the second time. Artistry at its finest.

The QA was a little more subdued then the first night, the group that was there was good. In fact technically flawless from what I could tell, but for me they just did not sing as much energy as I felt with the group in Hayes. They were fantastic they truly were, maybe I just preferred the diversity of the first group. That is just me though. I still loved them and talk about some gutsy kids! You go!

The second half of the show really seemed to reel the crowd in, they were warming up and when we hit second half they were less subdued. Alright! Once again Tango Roxanne made me gasp, that dance is something else. A four way tango with three men..and in the end the Lady is left standing! Just amazing!

The Pasha molestation was on a fairly cool West end style level, ha ha but there was still some teasing and of course the ladies danced. Bless I love watching the gentlemanly way he handles everything. Always helping the ladies up and down. Perfect escort.

By the time the Party number at the end came well I know I went to my feet and so did others. It was a fantastic show. Truly beautifully done on every level. I always wanted to see a West end show, I can’t imagine any better!

 


Apr13

What an adventure your humble webmistresses took feeling a bit like the hobbit on an adventure thanking all of those who made it happen while taking a long journey across the pound to the wonderful land of England. Many sites were seen, crying babies on a plane, a broken down coach on the way to Cardiff, much humming of the Doctor who theme but of course what my humble readers really wish to know about is…the Pasha experience.

Well as if there was any doubt at all it was Fantastic. I did have the privilege of seeing both this show and West end but I am going to keep any comparisons for the next review. The whole Cast was really wonderful they engaged the audience and really everyone was alive with enjoyment from the first number until the last.

I do not want to give the full details of the show away for those who have not yet seen it but I can say, the Waltz made me tear up. The emotion, the wonder the whole feeling conveyed in that dance just got to me. The tango Roxanne is so intense it was a lot to take on board the first time through as well, but in the end I think it might be my favorite number.

Technically there were a few bobbles here and there at Hayes, but nothing that took away from the audience enjoyment. Hey bobbles happen that’s part of the fun of a live show it is different every time you see it. The group of kids they had in were fantastic and got a standing O for both parts they preformed in so huge thumbs up I was on my feet as were others!

The Q&A was fantastic and fun and Oh some of the naughty comments that were mentioned oh dear cheeky! Lovely though truly. Then of course in the second half there was the part were Poor Pasha gets mauled, really lets face it that is what it is. I admit I did so, yes I did. I did however clear with Mike the MC that this was okay, you see he encourages such behavior by telling the Ladies that the music is going to get raunchier, but I also did ask flat out and got a “go for it” in short. The dance was fun, wonderful a bit of auto pilot and something I will not forget anytime soon :)

At the meet and greet our duo were as lovely as you would expect, warm friendly and inviting. Pasha made off like a bandit with the chocolates and I gave him some as well as a scarf which he really did seem to like. Sure it isn’t scarf season at the moment but the weather comes back around as it always does.

Overall a fantastic evening filled with friends, fun and Pasha & Katya. A win all around.

 

 


Mar31

Well your webmistress will be heading out soon to leave on a jet plane.  Why is this a big deal for Simply Pasha site? Well because I will also have two reviews to give to you all when I get back. I will be seeing the Pasha & Katya tour twice and am very much looking forward. I am sure one of our other helpers will have her say as well!

 

As the Doctor would say… ALONS-Y!

 

 


Mar22

Pasha Kovalev has shared his thoughts on the ‘curse of Strictly‘, and why he thinks the show has caused the end of so many relationships.

The dancer found himself at the centre of speculation when Countdown presenter Rachel Riley split from her husband a month after appearing on the show as his partner.
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Insisting that his relationship with Rachel was “entirely professional”, Pasha has said BBC1′s Strictly Come Dancing is often the “final push” for people who are already unhappy with their love lives.
“We cannot look inside someone’s relationship and we don’t know everything, but most of the time if a relationship breaks up it is not because of Strictly, it is because people were unhappy with their life before Strictly,” the 34-year-old told the Daily Mail.

Rachel RileyPhoto: © BBC

Pasha and Rachel together on the show

“Dancing gives you a more joyful enjoyment of yourself and you see that you’re achieving something and you see you’re not done as a person in this life.

“Then suddenly they find there are more joyful things to do. It can be a final push towards realising that if something is not working in your life at this moment, there is plenty of time for you to fix it.”

Rachel, 28, announced she had separated from husband Jamie Gilbert in November, one month after she was voted off the show. She is one of a number of stars who have seen their romances comes to an end, including Susanna Reid, Denise Van Outen and Natasha Kaplinsky.

Susanna ReidPhoto: © Getty Images

Susanna Reid and Denise Van Outen are among those we have seen their romances come to an end

Pasha conceded that spending weeks in close physical contact with attractive dance partners can put a strain on relationships.

“Dancing is always between a man and a woman. I’be heard of lots of cases where a wife is jealous of her husband because he is dancing with a beautiful skimpy-dressed girl,” he said. “There is plenty of that.

“Usually partners understand, and the decision to go on Strictly is not just made by one person. But there are cases where it happens.

“You see relationships develop,” he added. “Like Flavia Cacace who ended up getting married to Jimi (Mistry), and Kristina (Rihanoff) spending a couple of years with Joe Calzaghe, and Artem (Chigvintsev) with Kara Tointon.

Flavia CacacePhoto: © Getty Images

(From left): Jimi Mistry and Flavia Cacace; Artem Chigvintsev and Kara Tointon
“Things like that happen if people are single and open to relationships. Why not? People in an office do the same thing I guess.”

On Friday, Pasha will begin a three-month tour of Britain with former Strictly star Katya Virshilas.

The “spectacular” event will see the pair demonstrate a series of dance routines accompanied by a full audio-visual backdrop and light show, a spokesperson confirmed. “Don’t miss this great production for any Strictly fan, complete with the opportunity to get involved and dance on-stage with the stars!”

 

SOURCE


Dec10

 

photo Snooty Fox Images on KatyaandPasha.com

This was posted earlier:

Katya Kongsdal Jensen:
Alright got some exciting news! Pasha Kovalev and I are bringing the show for ONE NIGHT ONLY to the WEST END!!!!!
We will be doing a special performance on April 7th/2014 at the Lyric Theater!
Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ES
Book your tickets soon!!

 

You can see More Tour dates at Katya & Pasha’s website

 


Dec05

Viewers in the UK are by now used to Russian dancers being prominent on this popular television show. But they may not realise the epic stories behind several of the dancers with their roots in the remote east of Russia.

The show partners celebrities – who are often learning from scratch – with professional dancers in a cutthroat race for glory for a prime time  slot.

Two of these Soviet-born dancers Anna Garnis, 31, and Pasha Kovalev, 33, had extraordinary journeys to their current limelight in London, via a hot house academy in the Siberian city of Kemerovo where they were part of an ‘experiment’ run by an instructor who admits she treated them like ‘slaves’, separated from their parents, making stars of them though she claims that they lacked innate talent.

The duo ended up dancing together and falling in love, and then escaping from their coach, but only after enduring hardships that would be banned in Britain where they have played prominent roles on Strictly Come Dancing

Another – known in the West as Kristina Rihanoff, 36, but in reality called Pshenichnykh – was plucked from poverty and obscurity in the Pacific port of Vladivostok by a US dancer, a ‘Prince Charming’ who she married and later divorced. One more, Artem Chigvintsev, 31, is seen in our picture dancing under a portrait of Lenin as a child in Izhevsk, in the Urals, the city famous as the home of the Kalashnikov rifle.

All four starred in similar TV contests in the United States before coming to Britain.

The road to fame for Anna – partnering British actor Patrick Robinson – and Pasha – who danced with TV presenter Rachel Riley before they were ejected in an earlier round (though now they are being linked romantically by British tabloids after the collapse of her marriage) – began when they were chosen in unlikely circumstances by single-minded dance instructor Irina Gabdarakhmanova, now 53, as part of a 12-strong troupe she recruited from around Siberia and the Russian Far East.

Anna was 12 when she joined, Pasha a year older. They were separated from their parents to become part of what Irina calls an experimental training dominated by ‘hard labour’.

‘It was true experiment, and my strict methods worked’, she said. ‘Anna came from in a remote village in Magadan region literally on the edge of the world; she lived close to the Road of Bones where countless victims of Stalin’s terror perished’.

Pasha – or Pavel – was from a working class family in the industrial city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

‘With Anna, there was no talent, just a huge ability to work. No special talent, I can say it officially’, claimed Gabdarakhmanova. ‘For me, Pasha was mediocre dancer, too, I saw all his deficiencies, although he was very hard-working’.

She gathered her proteges and trained them in Kemerovo, in western Siberia, though the times were hard. It was the mid-1990s, money was tight, the country was on a switchback ride from the Soviet-era to wild capitalism and was suffering from mega-inflation and the ruinous 1998 rouble crash.

Their class teacher in Kemerovo, at School Number 24, Galina Pryadkina, remembers the pair well.

‘In many ways they had a deprived childhood,’ she said. ’They lived alone here miles from home. They cooked for themselves, washed their own clothes, did everything by themselves. They worked like bees. Sometimes they let their dance room at our school at midnight, and then came for back for more training early in the morning. They trained all through weekends, and summer vacations’.

An amazing hardship – and love – story from Siberia featuring two of the stars in television show Strictly Come Dancing.

‘There is a saying ‘Working is either for the rich or the very poor. My students were very poor, actually slaves’. Pasha Kovalev, left, with Anna Garnis next to him. Picture: The Siberian Times

Viewers in the UK are by now used to Russian dancers being prominent on this popular television show. But they may not realise the epic stories behind several of the dancers with their roots in the remote east of Russia.

The show partners celebrities – who are often learning from scratch – with professional dancers in a cutthroat race for glory for a prime time  slot.

Two of these Soviet-born dancers Anna Garnis, 31, and Pasha Kovalev, 33, had extraordinary journeys to their current limelight in London, via a hot house academy in the Siberian city of Kemerovo where they were part of an ‘experiment’ run by an instructor who admits she treated them like ‘slaves’, separated from their parents, making stars of them though she claims that they lacked innate talent.

The duo ended up dancing together and falling in love, and then escaping from their coach, but only after enduring hardships that would be banned in Britain where they have played prominent roles on Strictly Come Dancing

Another – known in the West as Kristina Rihanoff, 36, but in reality called Pshenichnykh – was plucked from poverty and obscurity in the Pacific port of Vladivostok by a US dancer, a ‘Prince Charming’ who she married and later divorced. One more, Artem Chigvintsev, 31, is seen in our picture dancing under a portrait of Lenin as a child in Izhevsk, in the Urals, the city famous as the home of the Kalashnikov rifle.

All four starred in similar TV contests in the United States before coming to Britain.

Strictly Siberia, Pasha Kovalev, Rachel Riley


 

Pasha Kovalev with Rachel Riley (top) and Anna Garnis.  Pictures: BBC, The Siberian Times

The road to fame for Anna – partnering British actor Patrick Robinson – and Pasha – who danced with TV presenter Rachel Riley before they were ejected in an earlier round (though now they are being linked romantically by British tabloids after the collapse of her marriage) – began when they were chosen in unlikely circumstances by single-minded dance instructor Irina Gabdarakhmanova, now 53, as part of a 12-strong troupe she recruited from around Siberia and the Russian Far East.

Anna was 12 when she joined, Pasha a year older. They were separated from their parents to become part of what Irina calls an experimental training dominated by ‘hard labour’.

‘It was true experiment, and my strict methods worked’, she said. ‘Anna came from in a remote village in Magadan region literally on the edge of the world; she lived close to the Road of Bones where countless victims of Stalin’s terror perished’.

Pasha – or Pavel – was from a working class family in the industrial city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

‘With Anna, there was no talent, just a huge ability to work. No special talent, I can say it officially’, claimed Gabdarakhmanova. ‘For me, Pasha was mediocre dancer, too, I saw all his deficiencies, although he was very hard-working’.

She gathered her proteges and trained them in Kemerovo, in western Siberia, though the times were hard. It was the mid-1990s, money was tight, the country was on a switchback ride from the Soviet-era to wild capitalism and was suffering from mega-inflation and the ruinous 1998 rouble crash.

Their class teacher in Kemerovo, at School Number 24, Galina Pryadkina, remembers the pair well.

‘In many ways they had a deprived childhood,’ she said. ’They lived alone here miles from home. They cooked for themselves, washed their own clothes, did everything by themselves. They worked like bees. Sometimes they let their dance room at our school at midnight, and then came for back for more training early in the morning. They trained all through weekends, and summer vacations’.

Strictly Siberian - a school in Kuzbass where Pasha Kovalev and Anna Garnis trained


Strictly Siberian -Pasha Kovalev and Anna Garnis's biology teacher in Siberia

Pasha Kovalev and Anna Garnis’s school in Kemerovo, Siberia, and their class teacher Galina Pryadkina.  Pictures: The Siberian Times

Instructor Gabdarakhmanova was ‘very, very tough with them’, and to some this seemed ‘cruel’ yet she achieved sensational results.

‘They lived very closed lives here in Kemerovo, because they had no time for other things,’ said the class teacher.  ’I don’t know when they slept. We worried for them that this load would damage their health.’

Another dancer who went through this gruelling training, Natalia Utkina, 35, admitted: ‘We were children living without parents. Irina was very tough with us. ‘Step left, step right – do it,’ she commanded. ’She was tough in all ways. We were like soldiers in a squad. She demanded unquestioning obedience. When she scolded us, there were no parents to take pity. But she gave us such strength, she was very gifted. She said there were only two reasons to miss training: sickness with a high fever or dying’.

The girls lived in a flat in the city, the boys in a local hostel. Sometimes the girls, needing to relax from their boot camp-style training, would sneak out for a night on the town. ’We were young and wanted to go to a club for example. To relax a bit, Anna too,’ said Natalia, now a dancer teacher.

‘We would take off our shoes and creep downstairs barefoot. Once we came back at 6 am and she was standing in front of the door. She told us: ‘Too much energy? Go to your training right now!’

‘Irina scolded us so loud that we just didn’t want to provoke her anger. If we did something wrong she could preach for two hours, saying how bad we were.’

The coach only allowed her students to travel home once a year at most, in summer. Some did not even make it then. In this era, some like Anna Kournikova, were using tennis as a sporting route to a better life for herself and her family.

Anna and Pasha – now aged 31 and 33 – saw dancing as a way to a brighter future and their shared goal amid this tough life in Kemerovo led to love.

‘Anna and Pasha were friends, very close, and then they started living together in Kemerovo before they moved to Moscow,’ said Natalia.

Friends say they began to date when Pasha was about 17, and Anna was 15 or 16. And they started to live together when he finished school and was about 18. The two Strictly dancers were ‘a remarkable pair’, who fell in love in their hot house academy, said teacher Pryadkina.

‘Anya’s mother Lubov would visit and was very friendly to Pasha, and when they started dating, she was happy.’

Inevitably, the pair wanted to escape their tough upbringing which had raised them to the highest level and they combined training with regular money-raising shows in different Russian cities to pay for their coaching. The couple eventually escaped the clutches of their coach. They went to Moscow, dancing as partners, and then to America, where they went their separate ways though they are now back on the same TV show.

‘There was a conflict between them,’ she said referring to their relations with Irina. ’Pasha and Anya grew up, but Gabdarakhmanova obviously did not want to let them go,’ remembered the schoolteacher.

The pair went to Moscow without their dance teacher knowing. ‘Of course she was full of indignation when she found out.’

Gabdarakhmanova today says she would not repeat such an experiment but equally has not regrets. The success of her pupils, like this pair reaching prominence on Strictly Come Dancing, is a vindication of her methods, she believes.

‘They are independent, make their own decisions,’ she said. ‘They are very modest, because they understand that everything can be achieved only by hard labour. I’m really proud of them, that I have had such students like Pasha and Anya who are admired in Britain, it proves my system works.

‘I had no special criteria selecting my dancers. I got these children from the street. They were the ones who came to my class, and stayed. My system was one of survival. There is a saying ‘Working is either for the rich or the very poor. My students were very poor, actually slaves.

‘They had no money.  There was a point  when we had literally no cash for food and we sold jeans on the market, to buy dancing shoes. It was a hard time. They worked like mad. If they did not work, all the hours God sent, the day passed in vain.

‘If not for my way, they may not have uncovered the potential inside them. Of course, they started looking for their own way in the world and eventually found success in America before going to Britain. They needed the glory which I had given them, and the reaction of audiences.

‘I taught them – my children – to win standing ovations and  to see tears in the eyes of their audiences. I lived dancing, I love dancing, I lived by these kids, it was my life’.

 

Source


Nov07

Dates have been announced for 2014 so far March – April

Visit here Pasha & Katya

To see everything that has been announced so far!

Come to the April 6th Show in Hayes you may even get to see some of the site helpers and such ;)


Nov06

Alright so I can admit this Paso was not my favorite that I have ever seen. However it was not nearly as bad as the judges thought. She kept the character of the dance and while she may not have given it all the attack she did give it good shaping and overall I think she did a pretty good job.


Oct28

Thank you to all the Pashanista’s that entered into the Pasha book give away and a huge Congrats to Jo W for being selected by Rafflecopter as the WINNER.

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Oct26

Well by now all of us Pashanista’s know that sadly last week Pasha and Rachel were in the bottom two and therefore in the dance off. Thankfully they were saved! WHEW. I do not think they should have been in the bottom at all. Now I know I know I am a little biased, but honestly there were other dances that were much less ambitious and much worse! I won’t name names because that is not nice. There was a high level of content and complexity to this dance, and while Rachel did not nail it she did pretty well. I liked the quirk and the fun of this one a lot the concept was great.

I am including the second time it was done in video as well in the dance off because I do feel it was much improved too. I have to say with that kind of pressure I am not sure I could do better!

And as seems to be the weekly tradition a sneak at what has been updated in the gallery.


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