Their competitive achievements include being finalists in the US Open from 2002 to 2006.In 2007, Kovalev and Garnis auditioned for season 3 of the US reality show So You Think You Can Dance.He began dancing at the age of eight, and until 2000, he competed with his partner Anya Garnis in the Amateur Latin category in Russia.
Although originally he only attended the audition to support Anya Garnis, he was asked to audition as well and together with Garnis became one of the 20 dancers chosen to compete in the show's third season from June to August 2007.
After making it all the way to the Top 6, Kovalev was eliminated on August 13, in the last round before the final, losing out to the two remaining males, contemporary dancers Danny Tidwell and Neil Haskell.
From Amazon.com: Last night’s edition of “So You Think You Can Dance” was interesting – only two couples really tanked, and the rest were great!
Kherington Payne and Twitch (Hip Hop) – Props to Kherington who did a GREAT job. This day is speeding by and I feel like I’ve gotten nothing accomplished.
Born Chelsie Kay Hightower in Las Vegas, Nevada, and raised in Orem, Utah with five older brothers and her mother and father until they divorced in 2006.