Putting on a show

Katya Virshilas and Pasha Kovalev
Katya Virshilas and Pasha Kovalev

STRICTLY Come Dancing star Katya Virshilas admits she won’t know if she will be in the new series until later in the summer, but in the meantime you can see her and Pasha Kovalev strut their stuff in Motherwell.

Katya, who has recorded three series of the BBC favourite, has got together with last year’s runner-up Pasha for a UK tour after they were paired professionally on the show.

The pair take to the stage of Motherwell Concert Hall on Thursday, May 3, for an evening of exhibition dance routines including rumba, waltz, foxtrot, tango and jive.

Katya and Pasha will be joined by two special guests from Got To Dance, as exhilarating routines are complemented by audience participation, Katya and Pasha in conversation and video highlights, for a night of world class dance to remember.

Katya spoke to the Times & Speaker as she and Pasha got ready to hit the road on their 36-date tour.

She said: “I have been to Glasgow and Aberdeen before, but never Motherwell and I’m looking forward to appearing in front of a new audience.

“Pasha and I were paired up for Strictly last August and when we were approached about continuing together for a tour, we were delighted to accept.

“This is a brand new show and we’ve choreographed everything ourselves. In all there are 11 routines in the show so it has been a lot of hard work, but hopefully the audience will enjoy the final result.”

Pasha reached the final of Strictly at the first attempt with actress Chelsee Healey, while Katya’s best performance was getting to the semi with rugby player Gavin Henson and is keen for another crack at the Glitterball Trophy.

She said: “I would love to do another series, but haven’t been asked yet. We operate on year-to-year contracts and it will likely be into June before we hear if it is being renewed.

“Strictly has opened up a lot of doors and put dancing on the map, giving us a great platform to perform on.”

For more information visit Katya and Pasha’s website

The Motherwell show starts at 7.30pm and tickets costing £20 (£18 concession) are available by calling the box office on 01698 403120 or click here

The Times & Speaker has two pairs of tickets to give away for the show, for entry details see April 4 edition of Times & Speaker.