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Pasha - My Story Hardcover – 29 Aug 2013

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (29 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782196668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782196662
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pasha Kovalev is a ballroom dancer and choreographer. He is best know for his television appearances on So You Think You Can Dance and Strictly Come Dancing. He has also starred in numerous stage shows, including Burn the Floor on Broadway. Originally from Siberia, Pasha currently lives in Notting Hill, London. He performs an annual touring show with dance partner and ex-Strictly professional Katya Virshilas, entitled An Evening wit Katya & Pasha. Natasha Devon is a writer and TV Pundit from east London, commenting primarily on body image, feminism and education. She has written for the Independent, the Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan Magazine and The Times Educational Supplement and appears regularly on Sky News and This Morning. A former model, Natasha co-directs positive body image campaign Body Gossip with West End actress Ruth Rogers. Numerous celebrities, including Gok Wan, support the campaign.


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It is indeed an autobiography, and is interesting in that it describes his life from the early years of learning to dance and right through to how he became a TV star (first in the USA) and a "Strictly" performer.

He seems a very driven person and that comes through. He does not do "kiss & tell" type stories so it contains very little personal information, but I found it interesting nevertheless.
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This smashing book arrived very swiftly and I read it avidly. His story is remarkable and enlightens one as to life in Russia during the Communist era and after. I now want to see Russia. What an amazing life Pasha has led; it is the sort of experience and endeavour one does not expect in modern times and he is so young still.
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Pasha's life story so far is an amazing journey of a young boy growing up in Siberia who changed his life through his love of dance taking him around the world. This book follows Pasha up to the present day and is a fantastic read for fans of Pasha and Strictly who want to find out about the amazingly talented, enchanting man who lights up Saturday evenings in the autumn and winter.
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This book I couldn't put down! The story of an amazing journey from Russia to the States and finally the UK! A must for all Strictly fans! Can't wait to see Pasha this year on Strictly now! The book tells about his girlfriend Anya and how he learnt to dance with her, there partnership and his illness. His TV shows, Tours and Personal life Thoroughly enjoyed it. X
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This appealed to me as a fan of SCD and it certainly told me a whole lot about what makes Pasha tick!
He is a very hardworking, driven young man who is totally in love with his art form, he is also a very private person and for that reason I would say this is very different to any other autobiography I have read.
Yes, he talks about his family, growing up in Russia, his friends and his romances but it is very measured with very little detail, the detail is all about his love of dance and the book really comes alive when he gets to the section about his appearance on "so you think you can dance?".
Pasha details his agonies in trying to learn different styles of dance such as hip hop and contemporary and how he had to "unlearn" everything he had learned about Latin and ballroom and likens it to the strictly contestants who come to the programme with a performance background such as Kimberley Walsh, Denise Van Outen and Natalie Gumede. The public expect them to be able to dance ball room naturally and often say they have an unfair advantage but Pasha has a wonderful analogy, he says that as a Russian who has learned to speak English it doesn't mean he could easily speak Chinese.........food for thought there, perhaps the public Gould be a little fairer on these contestants.
The book tells us how Pasha moved from being a teacher of dance with no desire to perform publicly to being someone who adores public performance when every other aspect of his life is very private.
Pasha has two other great loves, food and books and he tells us a lot a bout his relationship with food as well.....makes you quite hungry!
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Pasha - My Story

I bought this for my wife for Christmas as she is a great follower of dance and had shown an interest in this dancer. She was so enthusistic about the book that I read it myself. What a facinating story,particularly Kovalev's memoirs of life in Siberia and communist Russia.
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I really enjoyed this autobiography and Pasha came across as a thoroughly lovely person. He obviously was very driven but is also modest and humble when describing his success. I was lucky enough to get tickets to the Strictly final in the BBC ballot and so read this shortly after watching Pasha dance live.
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I always watch strictly come dancing and have liked Pasha and since the book was on a daily deal I thought I would read it. It is an ok read, interesting to read his background, I don't think he comes across very sympathetically and there isn't a huge amount of depth to it especially concerning his current life, more a written series of events. So, it's an ok read but not much to it
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