Anya Garnis has truly taken her craft and expertise as a formidable ballroom dancer and exploded on TV, captivating audiences not only in the USA but across the world.
Whether she is dancing with the stars, a professional or even a street hip-hop dancer her charismatic presence never diminishes in her performance. Anya made her name on TV on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE USA and she quickly established herself a favourite with the audience and remains so as an All-Star.
Anya began her training in Russia and after coming to New York she quickly rose to become US NAtional Finalist, proving that her performance matched her skill. After appearing on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE USA she embarked on the national tour performing in over 50 cities across America. Anya was in great demand and was asked to perform on the 80th Annual Academy Awards. She was a special guest on the world televised Emmy winning IDOL GIVES BACK. Soon after Anya was invited back to become one of the first All-Stars on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE USA.
After performing on the HBO series TRUE BLOOD, wooing audiences with her smooth Rumba, she was asked to perform at the Emmy Awards.
ABC's DANCING WITH THE STARS asked Anya to guest star on their hit show and with her constant presence on TV she headlined on Broadway in the worldwide success BURN THE FLOOR and immediately went on the world tour in over 20 countries.
In 2012 Anya performed as a featured guest star with TV's Dmitry Chaplin on DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE in Las Vegas and at the beginning of 2013 she appeared on the FOX TV hit BONES in a guest performance.
Anya is currently preparing to return to SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE as an All-Star.
Such is her charisma, vitality, personality and pure excitement she portrays in her perfomance. It is no wonder she has been called 'An Ambassador of Ballroom'.
Training: Laine Theatre Arts
Aaron has performed internationally as a Ballroom & Latin/Commercial dancer, appearing in numerous Live Stage Performances, Tours, Music Videos, Corporate Events, Commercials, Film & TV Shows for BBC, ITV, CHANNEL 4, SKY.
Some of Aaron's credits include: Strictly Come Dancing (Do The Strictly), Let’s Dance (Sweden), Keep Dancing - The Ballroom Dance Sensation (UK Tour), La Traviata (The Royal Opera House), Mr Selfridge - Seasons 3 & 4, Conga (Monte Carlo) , Avengers: Age Of Ultron (Marvel Studios), Jekyll & Hyde (ITV Studios), Catherine Tate’s Nan Special, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, M&S Christmas Advert, The Best of British Pop (The London Cabaret Club), Broadway To The Bay (Wales Millennium Centre), Summer Dreaming (UK Tour), Cinderella, Dick Whittington, Jack And The Beanstalk, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (QDos Pantomimes), A Centennial Celebration (New Wimbledon Theatre), Post Office National Advertising Campaign, FA Cup Opening Ceremony (Wembley Stadium), Samsung’s: Winner Takes Earth Arena Tour (UK/Germany), Experience Latin America 2016: Opening Ceremony, Voyages of Discovery Cruises, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Live , Ballroom & Latin Demonstration Team (UK & South America).
Aaron has recently returned to the UK after being an assistant choreographer for the Swedish version of 'Strictly Come Dancing - Let's Dance' and is thrilled to be joining the cast of ‘Let’s Dance The Night Away'.
Lisa was born in Hull, East Yorkshire and for many years studied Ballroom and Latin American dance. In 1994 she won the IDTA Medallist of the year Ballroom and Latin championship and the Latin championship again in 1995.
At 16 she attended the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating in 2002 with a first class BA hons degree and the Armees prize for achieving the overall highest degree mark. From 2002–2007 Lisa danced extensively with Contemporary company Phoenix Dance Theatre, working with choreographers including Javier de Frutos, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Robert Cohan, Rui Horta, Jeremy Nelson and Didy Veldman. In 2007 Lisa performed Jane Dudley's famous solo Harmonica Breakdown in Paris and later that year joined Henri Oguike Dance Company touring for one season.
In 2009 Lisa joined Bonachela Dance Company directed by Rafael Bonachela, where she danced for a year before working with Fin Walker at The Royal Opera House in Aida and later restaging the choreography as revival choreographer at Palau de les Arts in Valencia.
Lisa joined James Cousins Company in May 2012 for the creation of There We Have Been. She then collaborated with James again as dancer and assisted him as dance captain on Everything and Nothing before becoming his rehearsal director for Without Stars.
Lisa now works as a freelance artist. Her projects have included: The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic games choreographed by Akram Khan; The Pet Shop Boys musical (The Most Incredible Thing) choreographed by Javier de Frutos; dancer in Joe Wright’s movie ‘Anna Karenina’ choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; works by Darshan Singh Bhuller (Caravaggio); ICON Dance Company (Imprint and The British Museum project); Cameron McMillan (If Nobody Speaks, And Then They Were Gone) and Renaud Wiser (Skin Walkers) to name a few.
Lisa also worked as assistant contemporary choreographer for the BBC’s So You Think You Can Dance.
Lisa's commercial contracts include: The Pet Shop Boys Electric Tour; Orange ‘Swappables’ advert; a live Salsa performance on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing (2009); performing Latin shows with Strictly’s James Jordan; several TV adverts; Strictly Come Dancercise DVD (2007); Camilla Dallerup's Cardiodance workout DVD (2009); Salsa performances with Richard Marcel and an aerial production for
Lisa finished touring the UK with Strictly’s Robin Windsor and Anya Garnis in Latin show ‘Keep Dancing’ and most recently ‘One More Dance’ show in London’s West End with Strictly’s Kristina Rhianoff and Gleb Savchenko.
Lisa is very excited to be a part of ‘LET’S DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY’.
Gary was born in Liverpool, England, Gary started Dancing at the age of ten and he quickly established himself as one of the top Competitors in the UK and was representing England in Junior Ballroom, Latin and Ten Dance World Championships all in the same year. He is British National Under 21 Champion, UK Closed Under 21 Champion, Celtic Classic, International, Italian Open and Dutch Open finalist. He has appeared in many television and stage productions some of which include Simply Ballroom (UK, South Africa, Dubai and Theatre Royal, West End), Cheek to Cheek (West End), Latin Fever ( Peacock Theatre, West End) TV including Strictly Come Dancing (South Africa and England) Dancing With The Stars (Australia) This Morning (UK) .
He joined Burn the Floor in 2009 and was a cast member of the Broadway and West End productions. He has also toured China, USA, South Africa, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia. Gary is looking forward to a very successful UK Tour with Pasha and Anya and would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support.
Florence is originally from Buxton, Derbyshire where she discovered her love of dance, at the tender age of three , at her mum's dance school . She went on to compete nation wide, on the open Ballroom and Latin circuit , a Juvenile† , Junior and Youth finalist .
Aged just sixteen , her first professional job was the uk and USA tour of "Simply Ballroom " where she was grateful to work with the likes of Sam Kane , Lionel Blair and The late Debbie Reynolds . Florence then travelled the world working aboard several Celebrity Cruise Ships , as featured Latin dancer , dance instructor and production cast member .
Theatre credits :
Cinderella , Bradford Alhambra .
Sleeping Beauty Northampton Royal Derngate.
Cinderella , Hull New Theatre . As ensemble and understudy . ( Qdos entertainment )
"Putting On The Ritz" U.K. And Monte Carlo tour.
"Conga" lead latin dancer , Monte Carlo . Choreographer Richard Marcel .
"Keep Dancing ". U.K. Tour featuring Robin Windsor and Anya Garnis , Choreographer Emma Rogers .
London Cabaret Club , Florence has been featured Latin dancer , and part of the original team from 2014 -2017
TV credits :
Strictly Come Dancing , Christmas Special ( BBC 1 ) , Choreographer Matt Flint .
Paralympics advert (Cannel 4) , Choreographer Ray Bullit .
Halcyon ( ITV )† Choreographer Paul Harris .
Britannia Cruise Ship launch ( BBC 1) dancing for the Queen , alongside Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite .
Space Pirates ( BBC 1)
Ultimate Ballroom Dance Craze ( commercial itv )
Other credits :
Partnering Vincent Simone for Vina Mapia ( internet / advert)
Florence is excited to be performing in "Let's Dance The Night Away " Pasha Kovelev's latest tour , and dedicates her performance to her family and friends ,for their love and support .
Originally from Birmingham Lisa-Marie trained at London School of Musical Theatre
Lisa Marie played the role of Diva 1 in the 2015-2016 number 1 UK and International tour of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert' quickly followed by lead vocalist in the ballroom dancing extravagansar 'Keep Dancing' number 1 UK Tour, Staring Anya Garnis, Robin Windsor and many other stars from ITV's Strictly Come Dancing
As well her musical theatre career Lisa-Marie is an award winning cabaret artist Performing Cabarets around the UK and at Sea
Other Credits include, Joanne in 'Rent in Concert The 20th Anniversary' UK Tour, Barbara Streisand in the UK tour of ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, Mrs Darling & Mermaid, Peter Pan, Lichfield Garrick Pantomime, Tina Charles in the UK and European tour of 'Hold Tight its 70's Night’, Hera in the London premier production of 'Jason and the Argonaught's' at the Cochran Theatre, London and Eco Maguire in 'Rave On' The Buddy Holly story
In addition Lisa-Marie appeared in 'The Best of West End and Broadway' With the Birmingham City Symphony Orchestra,Symphony Hall, Birmingham. The Birmingham Hippodrome 100th Birthday Gala Celebration, The Sapphire Soul Show, London Hippodrome Casino and The My Gosh Marvellous, Big Band Show, London
Television appearances include ITV's 'The Alan Titchmarsh Show' performing the songs 'Seasons of Love' and 'Rent' in the cast of 'Rent In Concert'