Strictly stars dance the night away

Pasha Kovalev and Katya Virshilas bring a touch of Hollywood to Motherwell.
Pasha Kovalev and Katya Virshilas bring a touch of Hollywood to Motherwell.

Strictly Come Dancing star Pasha Kovalev returns to Motherwell with partner Katya Virshilas next month and says anyone who has only seen them performing on television is in for a real treat.

Following the success of their debut tour last year, the duo appear at the Concert Hall on Thursday, April 18, with an all new show ‘From Hollywood to the Ballroom’.

Pasha said: “Last year was really quite successful so we were delighted when we were asked to tour a new show this year.

“I have just finished the Strictly tour and had a couple of weeks off, but now we are just making sure we get all the choreography down as this is a brand new show so there is a lot for us and all the dancers to learn.

“It’s great to almost go from one tour straight into the other as you are presenting two different things.

“With Strictly people basically are coming to see what they do on TV, but on our tour it is more about showing off the skills we have learned over the years.

“We don’t have to make any compromises and can just show off each style of dance to the best of our abilities which gives us so much more freedom and we aren’t compromised by the rules of the TV show, as we even are on it’s tour.

“I remember being in Motherwell last year and it was a great show and venue, so it will be exciting to once again perform in front of an audience who are clearly so enthusiastic about ballroom dancing.”

As well as their own team of professional dancers, on each leg of the tour Pasha and Katya will be joined by a group of youngsters from a local stage school and Pasha says it is important they encourage the next generation.

He said: “I started dancing at the age of eight and now 25 years later I think one of the most important things we do with this tour, as well as entertain, is to be able to showcase the next generation.

“Dancing has become so popular in the last few years, due to Strictly, and certainly much more than when I was growing up, so we have something of a responsibility to use our fame to encourage others.”

Pasha has been a finalist the last two years on Strictly, but accepts it is just pot-luck whether he ever lifts the glitter ball trophy or not.

He said: “I have loved being part of Strictly for the last two years and I’ve had two very good partners and the real victory is in developing their skills.

“Of course any of the professionals could win on any series, so I don’t think it matters too much to us, but of course the celebrities like to win and just getting to the final is great.

“It would be nice to win this year, but I know there is every chance I could be partnered with someone who just doesn’t have the necessary skills so it’s not something I think about.”

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets costing £20 (£18 concessions) are available from the box office on 01698 403120 or visit NLC Entertainment