Step into the mesmerizing world of professional dancing, where Pasha Pashkov’s partner has twirled their way into the hearts of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) fans. These seasoned pros, known for their charismatic performances and enduring relationships, have left an indelible mark on the DWTS stage.
Pasha, a skilled ballroom dancer and choreographer with roots in Russia, kicked off his dance journey at a tender age—just 11. Meanwhile, his partner, a native of Brooklyn, New York, embarked on her dance odyssey at the age of three.
Their paths crossed in 2009, introduced by their dance coaches. What began as a shared passion for dance soon blossomed into a beautiful romance, officially commencing in 2010.
Pasha Pashkov Biography
Meet Pasha Pashkov, the dancing sensation and choreographer who lit up Season 2 of NBC’s World of Dance. But here’s the twist – his dance journey kicked off in Russia, thanks to a school class when he was just eleven.
Picture this: a ballroom teacher spots Pasha’s potential and nudges his brother, suggesting he gives it a whirl. Pasha dives into the world of dance, hits his first competition, and… calls it quits. Yeah, it happens.
Fast forward to a turning point. A friend of Pasha’s mom rings him up, asking if he’d partner with her daughter in a dance venture. Pasha thinks, why not? He steps into the studio, vibes with the coaches, and boom – he’s hooked. Initially, the social scene keeps him hanging around, but hey, once the good results roll in, who wouldn’t feel the dance buzz?
Now, let’s talk about Pasha’s dynamic duo – Daniella Karagach. They joined forces in 2009, and here’s the kicker: Daniella, a mere fifteen at the time, had her coaches warning about the age gap potentially messing with the compatibility vibe. But guess what? They defied the odds and started creating dance magic together. Talk about a dance story with twists and turns!
Who is Pasha Pashkov Married to?
He was married to his dance partner, Daniella Karagach, on July 18, 2014. Can you believe it? After four years of the whole dancing thing and building a connection, they decided to make it official. And guess what? Baby news is in the air – they’re expecting their first bundle of joy in May 2023. Cute, right?
Now, let me tell you about Daniella – she’s not your average dancer. This gal, along with her dance partner Leonid Juashkovsky, has got three-time United States junior I and II Latin champion vibes. They even snagged the title of Junior II 10 dance champions in 2007. Talk about a power duo!
But it doesn’t stop there. They’ve waltzed and salsa-ed their way onto some big international stages like the Celtic Classic, Moscow Open, and Barcelona Open. And get this – they were the United States reps at the World Championships in Latvia, Russia, and Barcelona. World-class, right?
Now, if you’ve caught a glimpse of America’s Ballroom Challenge on PBS, you might’ve seen these two tearing up the dance floor in seasons 2 and 3. Post-Leonid, Daniella joined forces with Pasha Pashkov.
These two? National champs in Latin, ballroom, 10 dances, and show dance. They even scored Rising Star championships in Blackpool, the UK Open, and the UK Open 10-dance. That’s one way to rack up the trophies!
Fast forward to 2019, and Daniella’s rocking it as a very professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars. Her partner in crime? Nelly. And in her third season, she clinched the Mirrorball trophy with Iman Shumpert. Now, that’s what I call a dance journey!
They Represented the US at the 2009 World Games in Taiwan
Pasha Pashkov and Daniella Karagach aren’t just a power couple; they’re a dance force to be reckoned with. Picture this: seven-time United States 10-Dance and Latin Champions representing their nation at the 2009 World Games in Taiwan. The world championship in Spain? Semifinal – nailed it.
Hold on, they didn’t stop there. In 2010 and 2011, Pasha and Daniella owned the 10 Dance US Championship, clinching victory at both the NDCA and USA Dance Nationals.
Their dance journey took them to Austria, Germany, Korea, Hungary, Singapore, Russia, and China, representing the USA on global dance floors.
Daniella Karagach – Dancing With the Stars (2019–Present)
Daniella Karagach isn’t just a dance floor sensation; she’s also conquered the ballroom on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. In the 28th season, she brought her moves as a professional ballroom dancer, though without a celebrity partner at that time.
Season 29 brought the beats as she teamed up with Grammy Award-winning rapper Nelly. The dynamic duo danced their way to the finals, securing a respectable 3rd place.
Stepping into the 30th season, Karagach traded beats for hoops, partnering with NBA player Iman Shumpert. Together, they not only made it to the finals but also clinched the victory. Shumpert became the first and only NBA player to conquer the Dancing with the Stars dance floor.
In the 31st season, Karagach took on a new challenge, dancing alongside actor and professional bodybuilder Joseph Baena, son of the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger. Their journey ended in the 5th spot, landing them in 11th place overall.
For the 32nd season, she shifted gears again, twirling with singer-songwriter Jason Mraz. The duo showcased their moves and secured an impressive second place. Talk about dancing through the stars with style!
The couple’s journey reached a new milestone with the announcement of the impending arrival of their baby girl, Nikita. Throughout their incredible journey, the unwavering passion for dance—and each other—remains a delightful undercurrent in their enduring relationship.