Pasha - My Story Hardcover – 29 Aug 2013
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pasha's book is surprisingly easy to read. He demonstrates within its cover how dedicated he is to the world of dancer, and to the reader that hard work does pay off in the end.Published 1 month ago by natty knitter
Was a part of a present for my mum who loves Pasha.
I noticed she could not book down and it was soon read.
Bought for my partner as part of his birthday gift. He loved it and we are off to see his show on Friday.Published 3 months ago by ARBrown
Thoroughly enjoyed this, also he was very honest about his upbringing and how he left home young to pursue dancing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Denj