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Get To Know First-Time ‘DWTS’ Pro Daniella Karagach

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Daniella Karagach is a first time pro on Dancing With The Stars this year. She’s been a featured dancer on the show before, but Season 29 is the first year she paired with a celebrity to compete for the Mirrorball Trophy. She recently did a Q&A with fans on her Instagram story so fans can get to know her a little better.

Week after week, fans see Daniella and her partner Nelly pull off great routines. However, fans expressed concern about what goes on behind the scenes. During last week’s elimination, they couldn’t help but notice Nelly looked incredibly angry. While many other contestants happily hugged and ran off holding their partner’s hand, Nelly and Daniella barely acknowledged each other. The rapper has since denied the rumors they don’t get along, but fans wanted to see it from Daniella’s point of view.

One fan asked about all the tension last week. Daniella laughed it off and confirmed that they do indeed get along quite well. It was just a very nerve-wracking time. If they looked upset, she says they were really worried about their results. Tyra accidentally told Val and Monica they were safe when they were actually in the bottom two. Nelly and Daniella worried they may actually be in danger too. After they realized they would compete again next week, things cooled off.

Daniella Wouldn’t Want Anyone Else But Nelly For A Partner

Many other fans asked about what it was like to work with Nelly. According to Daniella, Nelly is incredibly hard-working. She says once rehearsal begins, he is rarely willing to take breaks — even if rehearsal is five hours long.

But things aren’t always quite so serious. Daniella describes Nelly as “hysterical,” and says she sees him like an older brother figure. While they do work hard behind the scenes, they’re also always laughing and having a good time. During 80s Night this week, the two will Samba to “Rhythm of the Night” by DeBarge. Daniella is excited for the routine this week, but says she can’t wait to teach Nelly ballroom. She says he picks up the steps really quickly and can’t wait to see him learn something new.

Daniella confirms she was ecstatic when she found out Nelly was going to be her celebrity partner. She admits she listened to him so much growing up and it’s been like a dream come true getting to know him. At one point, she says she gets a little sad thinking about future seasons and knowing Nelly won’t be her partner.

The Dancer Has Someone To Practice With At Home

Married couples weren’t allowed to live together while competing this year during the pandemic. And if you didn’t already know, there are many married couples competing for the Mirrorball Trophy. Daniella is married to Pasha Pashkov, Carole Baskin’s partner. Since Carole was eliminated in week 2, Pasha has been allowed to come home. Daniella says she’s happy to have him back, especially since it’s easier to practice choreography at home with another person.

According to Daniella, the couple met 12 years ago through their mutual dance teachers. She says she knew almost right away he was “the one,” and they’ve been together ever since. They got married six years ago and have been so happy ever since. She confirms they definitely want children, but are enjoying each other’s company for the time being.

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𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 6 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘵𝘰𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯’𝘵 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘪𝘮. 𝘏𝘦’𝘴 𝘮𝘺 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘬 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘮𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘮𝘺 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘩𝘶𝘳𝘵𝘴, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘬𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘐’𝘮 𝘴𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴𝘯’𝘵 𝘭𝘦𝘵 𝘮𝘦 𝘬𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴𝘯’𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘶𝘳𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘴 𝘮𝘦 𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘮𝘦 5 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘢 𝘥𝘢𝘺, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘴 𝘮𝘦 𝘢 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘩, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴𝘯’𝘵 𝘭𝘦𝘵 𝘮𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘭𝘬 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘥𝘰𝘰𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘮𝘦 𝘨𝘰 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘐 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭 “𝘩𝘶𝘴𝘣𝘢𝘯𝘥” 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘰𝘯. 𝘐𝘍𝘓𝘠 @pashapashkov 𝘏𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘺 𝘈𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘢𝘳𝘺 🥂✨

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At one point in the Q&A, a fan asked about her accent and nationality. Daniella gets that question a lot actually. She confirms that she is a first-generation American, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. But her parents are from Moldova and she speaks fluent Russian. Since Pasha and his family are also Russian, she says she gets an accent from time to time.

After Daniella ended the Q&A, she started recording several hours later. She and Nelly were back in the rehearsal studio, prepping for Monday night’s performance. Fans are definitely in for a treat this week.

Follow Daniella on Instagram and tune in to Monday night’s new episode. If you love their performance, make sure to vote and keep them safe!

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