Ivan Koumaev

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Ivan Koumaev

Born

10/16/1987, Khabarousk, Russia

Birth Name

Ivan Koumaev

Gender

Male
9.7
out of 10
User Rating
25 votes

Biography

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Ivan was born in Russia, and lived in Seattle, Washington, with his parents until moving to California in 2006. He began dancing at age 11, and did various styles of dance, including ballroom dancing with his mother. He focused on hip hop and in the summer of 2006…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Ivan appears as one of two male dancers in the Hannah Montana video for the song The Other Side Of Me.

    • When Ivan appeared on the Ellen show on September 7th, 2006, he admitted that his goal is to become a dancer with Justin Timberlake's show. Ellen told him she'd talk to Justin about it.

    • Ivan's inspiration to begin dancing came after he watched the movie Breakin' (1984). He then went to a dance studio and began learning hip hop dancing.

    • Ivan (with dance partner Allison Holker) performed a contemporary dance to Annie Lennox's Why in the finale of So You Think You Can Dance; choreographer Mia Michels chose it, saying that when she first saw it, it made her cry.

    • Ivan credits his success to having learned dance in Seattle; he feels that dancers in Seattle are taught to respect and care about their teachers and fellow dancers, while in L.A., dancers are more concerned about themselves.

    • Ivan (with partner Allison Holker) is the only contestant to ever make choreographer and judge Mary Murphy cry due to the beauty of his performance on So You Think You Can Dance.

    • Ivan's most memorable moment while performing on So You Think You Can Dance was when his mother attended one of the tapings to surprise him.

    • While living in the Seattle area, Ivan participated in local dance shows like Battle of Seattle and Sign of the Times.

    • Ivan lived in Russia until he was 7 years old, then moved to the US with his family.

    • When he was 12, Ivan joined "Cruz Control", a Seattle-based dance company.

    • Ivan teaches dance in Southern California.

    • So You Think You Can Dance Judge and Choreographer Mary Murphy has referred to Ivan as "Seabiscuit" more than once, due to the fact that at the beginning of the top 10 round, he looked like he'd be the loser, but he's managed to remain in the competition, and impress the judges.

    • On the July 26th, 2006 results episode of So You Think You Can Dance, Mary Murphy said that Ivan was the dancer who'd shown the most growth during the season.

    • As a result of being a contestant on season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance, Ivan hopes that he'll win, or, failing that, just get great exposure.

    • Ivan says that his most memorable experience to date is his first Los Angeles dance class.

    • Ivan says that his favorite professional dancer is Nick Bass.

    • As of the summer of 2006, Ivan lives in Aliso Viejo, California.

    • Ivan's nickname is Ivo.

  • Quotes

    • (when asked what he hopes to be doing in 10 years (in 2006))
      Ivan: In 10 years, I want to be a well known dancer, married with children, and running my own agency.

    • (regarding his success on So You Think You Can Dance)
      Ivan: Nobody thought that I could pull it off, and I love that, because I love shocking people.

    • (about being on So You Think You Can Dance)
      Ivan: I'm glad I'm representing Seattle. That's a town that has so much dance, and so many amazing dancers, and they never get noticed because they never get a chance to lead. And finally I'm representing that Seattle.

    • (about his fame from being on So You Think You Can Dance)
      Ivan: This will go away in roughly three months. The next season will start, Idol will start, people will forget about us as a TV show. Who do you really remember off the first season of Idol?

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • He has something about him that you have to like.

    9.1
    A while back I saw some of Ivan on youtube besides So You Think You Can Dance and I loved it... Ivan is so cool and he has personality and style and everything. Sure, he could improve on his actual dancing a little bit but he had charisma, energy, and chemistry with his partners while on the SYTYCD show. He's very creative, and his solos improved over the show, and his last one was the best with the Wade Robson song and all that. I hope Ivan hasn't and never will give up dancing beacause he's simply amazing. The fact that he made it further than Allison shows that sometimes people favor personality over technique.moreless
  • Ivan? Oh, he's amazing. Very much talented and great to watch when performing. His personality really comes out on stage when he is performing and everything.

    10
    To be honest, I adore him. I've always adored him, ever since he took the stage of "So You Think You Can Dance" He's an amazing dancer and performer, watching him perform is just phenomenal. His body can move in so many ways, by pop locking and/or any sort of hip hop dance, whatsoever. A great contestant on SYTYCD; and cannot wait to see him in other projects.