Pavel "Pasha" Kovalev is a Russian professional Latin and ballroom dancer. Kovalev started dancing at the age of eight, and in 2001, moved to the United States with his professional dance partner Anya Garnis.
The Russian dancer announced the news on his Twitter account, saying it's time for him "to find a new challenge".
"Thanks to the incredible partners, professionals and myriad of behind the scenes teams who all work to make Strictly The Amazing production it is," he wrote.Ashley Roberts in The Most recent series
Strictly Come Dancing also shared a statement on their Twitter account, thanking Kovalev for his "amazing choreography and routines".
"Pasha is an incredibly talented and dedicated dancer who is much loved by his Strictly family and viewers and will be hugely missed" they said.
Two years later, he was paired up with Countdown's Rachel Riley . The pair began a relationship and have been together since.
Flack paid tribute to her former dancing partner on Instagram and posted pictures of their time at The Show .
Last year, due to Roberts's past dance experience as a member of The Pussycat Dolls.
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