A Ballroom Beauty is a Season 7 All-Star

Nigel Lythgoe tweeted today:

It seems I forgot to Tweet an all-Star name yesterday? Sorry! One of our best Latin Ballroom partners ever on #SYTYCD ANYA is returning.

It wouldn’t be a complete set of All-Stars to have Pasha Kovalev but not Anya Garnis! During the third season of So You Think You Can Dance, long-term ballroom partners Pasha and Anya were split up and paired with new partners. Anya was teamed up with eventual runner-up Danny Tidwell, and the pairing of a ballroom girl with a contemporary guy lead to some strong performances. Anya and Danny started off the competition with fire during a Tony Meredith Jive to “Girlfriend,” by Avril Lavigne, and it continued the next week with a Viennese Waltz to Lifehouse’s “You And Me.”

You can’t keep Anya away from So You Think You Can Dance! She and Pasha assisted Vegas hopefuls with choreography in past seasons. They also choreographed a Cha-Cha in Season 4 for Courtney Galiano and Gev Manoukian, a samba for Randi Evans and Evan Kazprzak during Season 5, and a jive routine for Mollee Gray and eventual winner Russell Ferguson on a Season 6 Top 10 show.

In addition to making several appearances on SYTYCD throughout the past couple years, Anya also toured in Jason Gilkison’s “Burn The Floor,” performed on a “Dancing with the Stars” results show, and competed for Russia in “Superstars of Dance.”

And the best fun-fact about Anya Garnis: she is what sparked Mary Murphy to use the term “Hot Tamale” to describe a performance!

Stay tuned…we still have one more girl and two more guys to announce!

Here are your Season 7 All-Stars:

tWitch Boss
Kathryn McCormick

Pasha Kovalev

Allison Holker
Ade Obayomi
Comfort Fedoke

Lauren Gottlieb
Mark Kanemura
Anya Garnis
Dominic Sandoval
Courtney Galiano
Neil Haskell


3 comments on “A Ballroom Beauty is a Season 7 All-Star“

  1. So You Think You Can Dance – A Female Hip Hop All-Star Has Been Named - wrote:

    [...] McCormick Pasha Kovalev Allison Holker Ade Obayomi Comfort Fedoke Lauren Gottlieb Mark Kanemura Anya Garnis Dominic [...]

    4/15/2010 8:57 AM UTC

  2. Deb - wrote:

    I do not agree with the style and manner of how the judges deliver the news to the top 10 dancers for season 7. Talk about a waste of air time. Not only is it boring but I don’t think you need to put the entire dancer’s family on national TV just to disappoint them all. It’s like the family is being rejected. If this is going to be the how it done in the futer, I don’t think I will watch this phase. Please show some compassion!!!

    6/9/2010 5:21 PM UTC

  3. christine - wrote:

    I cannot express fully how disappointed my husband are in last nights approach. We NEVER watch reality shows but SYTYCD hooked us because the kids were treated like professionals AND there was DANCING! AND there was education about the different styles – what a respectful approach. Last night’s last 70 minutes were like having glass put in my eyes. Over dramatic schlock and worst of all NO DANCING! Terrible.

    6/10/2010 3:16 AM UTC

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