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Alexander "Sasha" Farber (born 9 May 1984) is an Australian professional dancer known for his appearances as a pro and troupe member on Dancing with the Stars.

Sasha Farber
BornAlexander Farber
(1984-05-09) 9 May 1984 (age 34)
Moscow, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, USSR
NationalityAustralian
OccupationProfessional dancer/choreographer
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Emma Slater (m. 2018)[1]

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Personal lifeEdit

Farber was born in Moscow, Russia, but moved to Australia in 1986. His family is Jewish.[2] He began dancing at the age of 13. When he was 17, Farber won the Australian Youth Latin Championships twice and represented Australia at the World Latin Championships. He was also featured in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games closing ceremony and featured in the second season of the Australian Dancing with the Stars. He was also an original cast member of Broadway production of Burn the Floor.[3] He dated fellow Dancing with the Stars member Emma Slater from 2011 to 2014. In December 2015, Farber made a post on his Instagram account confirming that he and Slater were back together. On October 4, 2016, Farber proposed to Slater during a broadcast of Dancing with the Stars after performing a dance together. The two are now married as of March 25, 2018.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Dancing with the StarsEdit

Farber began appearing in season fourteen as a troupe member. However he was promoted to professional dancer in season 17 when he was paired with Jersey Shore cast member Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi.[5] The pair were eliminated in week 7 despite good scores and praise from the judges. He was placed back in the troupe for the next four seasons. On March 8, 2016, Farber was again announced as a pro for season 22 and paired with actress Kim Fields.[6] The couple was eliminated on May 2, 2016, along with Von Miller and Witney Carson, tying for 7th place. Farber returned for season 23 and was partnered with Little Women: LA star Terra Jolé. Jolé and Farber were eliminated on week 10 of the competition, finishing in 5th place despite tying for the top of the leaderboard, marking Farber's first time in the Semifinals. He returned for season 24 and was partnered with Olympic artistic gymnast Simone Biles. The couple was shockingly eliminated one week before the finals on May 15, 2017, after receiving two perfect scores and praise from the judges. For season 25, he returned as a member of the troupe. He appeared as a pro again in season 26 and was paired with former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding. The pair made it to the finals and finished in third place overall, marking Farber's first appearance in the finale. For season 27, he was partnered with former Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton.[7] The couple was eliminated on week 6 of competition, finishing in 9th place.

Season Partner Place Average score
17 Snooki 8th 25.0
22 Kim Fields 7th 22.9
23 Terra Jolé 5th 33.9
24 Simone Biles 4th 35.6
26 Tonya Harding 3rd 25.2
27 Mary Lou Retton 9th 23.1

With Nicole "Snooki" PolizziEdit

  • Placed: 8th; (average: 25.0)
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "Wild Ones" 8 8 7 No Elimination
2 Rumba / "Just Give Me a Reason" 6 7 7 Safe
3 Quickstep / "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" 9 8 8 Safe
4 Jive / "Mickey" 8 81 8 Safe
5 Jazz / "Work Bitch" 9 9 9 Safe
6 Foxtrot / "Build Me Up Buttercup"
Switch-Up Challenge / Various
9
Awarded
9
3
9
Points
No Elimination
7 Samba / "Hey Mama"
Team Freestyle / "Bom Bom"
9
9
9
9
9
9
Eliminated

1 Score given by guest judge Julianne Hough.

With Kim FieldsEdit

  • Placed: 8th; (average: 22.9)
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "Sax" 7 6 7 No Elimination
2 Salsa / "Conga" 7 6 6 Safe
3 Foxtrot / "The Facts of Life Theme" 8 7 7 Safe
4 Quickstep / "I Wan'na Be Like You" 8 8/81 8 Safe
52 Viennese Waltz / "These Arms of Mine" 8 6/63 8 No Elimination
6 Jive / "You Can't Stop the Beat" 8 8 8 Safe
7 Samba / "ABC"
Team Freestyle / "End of Time", "If I Were a Boy" & "Crazy in Love"
9
8
9
8
9
9
Eliminated

1 Score given by guest judge Zendaya.
2 For this week only, as part of "America's Switch Up", Fields performed with Keo Motsepe instead of Farber. Farber performed with Paige VanZant.
3 Score given by guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

With Terra JoléEdit

  • Placed: 5th; (average: 33.9)
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Jive / "Stuff Like That There" 7 6 6 6 No Elimination
2 Quickstep / "Bewitched Theme" 8 7 8 8 Safe
3 Viennese Waltz / "Iris" 8 7 8 7 Safe
4 Samba / "Simcha" 9 8 8 Safe
5 Contemporary / "Stand By Me" 9 9 9 No Elimination
6 Paso Doble / "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" 7 81 8 7 Safe
7 Foxtrot / "Cheek to Cheek"
Team Freestyle / "Embrace"
9
8
8
9
9
9
8
9
Safe
8 Cha-cha-cha / "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)"
Salsa Dance Off / "Magic"
8
No

Extra
8
Points
8
Awarded
Last to be called safe
9 Charleston / "If My Friends Could See Me Now"
Team-Up Dance (Jazz) / "Big Noise from Winnetka"
10
9
102
92
9
9
9
9
Safe
10[8]
Semifinals
Rumba / "Scars to Your Beautiful"
Trio Tango / "Hideway"
10
10

10
10
10
10
Eliminated

1Score given by guest judge Pitbull
2Score given by guest judge Idina Menzel

With Simone BilesEdit

  • Placed: 4th; (average: 35.6)
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Tango / "Untouchable" 8 8 8 8 No Elimination
2 Cha-cha-cha / "Burnin' Up" 7 7 7 8 Safe
3 Quickstep / "Viva Las Vegas" 7 8 9 8 Safe
4 Viennese Waltz / "Good Good Father" 9 9 9 9 Safe
5 Contemporary / "How Far I'll Go" 9 9 10 10 Safe
6 Samba / "Survivor"
Team Freestyle / "My Boyfriend's Back", "No Scrubs" & "BO$$"
9
8
9
8
81
91
9
9
Safe
7 Charleston / "Charleston"
Cha-cha-cha Dance-Off / "Crave"
10
Awarded
9
2
92
Extra
9
Points
Safe
8[9] Foxtrot / "What Makes You Beautiful"
Trio Paso Doble / "Don't Let Me Down"
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
Safe
9 Jive / "Faith"
Rumba / "Skyscraper"
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
Eliminated

1 Score given by guest judge Nick Carter.
2 Score given by guest judge Mandy Moore.

With Tonya HardingEdit

  • Placed: 3rd; (average: 25.2)
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "When You Believe" 8 8 7 Last to be called safe
2 Quickstep / "Redneck Woman"
Team Freestyle / "...Baby One More Time"
8
8
8/91
8/91
8
8
Safe
3 Rumba / "See You Again"
Cha-cha-cha Dance-Off / "Dance"
8
Awarded
8/92
2
8
Points
Safe
4
Finals
Viennese Waltz / "The Time of My Life"
Freestyle / "I Will Survive"
8
10
9
10
9
10
Third Place

1 Score given by guest judge Rashad Jennings.
2 Score given by guest judge David Ross.

With Mary Lou RettonEdit

  • Placed: 9th; (average: 23.1)
Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "Treasure"
Cha-cha-cha / "Hot Stuff"
6
7
7
7
6
7
Safe
2 Waltz / "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
Samba / "Copacabana"
8
8
7
8
7
8
Safe
3 Viennese Waltz / "We Are the Champions" 8 8 8 Safe
4 Trio Charleston / "V.E.S.P.A." 9 8 9 Safe
5 Contemporary / "Reflection" 9 8 8 No Elimination
6 Tango / "Shame" 8 8 8 Eliminated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stone, Natalie (October 4, 2016). "Dancing with the Stars Engagement! Emma Slater Says 'Yes' to Sasha Farber". People.
  2. ^ Brostoff, Marissa (January 8, 2010). "Dancing with the Czars". Tablet. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  3. ^ "Sasha Farber Biography". Reality TV World. March 8, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  4. ^ Crabtree, Erin (March 25, 2018). "'Dancing With the Stars' Pros Emma Slater and Sasha Farber Are Married: Photos". US Weekly. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  5. ^ Dancing With The Stars 17 Cast Revealed September 4 on GMA
  6. ^ "Dancing With the Stars 2016: Season 22 Celebrity Cast Revealed Live on 'GMA'". ABC News. March 8, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  7. ^ Murphy, Desiree (September 12, 2018). "'Dancing With the Stars' Season 27 Cast Revealed -- Meet the Celebs and Their Pro Partners!". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  8. ^ "Five Couples Remain as the Competition Heats up for the Semi-Finals, and Each Couple Must Perform Two New Dances, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' Monday, November 14". disneyabcpress.com. November 10, 2016.
  9. ^ "Scoop: DANCING WITH THE STARS on ABC - Monday, May 8, 2017". BroadwayWorld.com. May 4, 2017. Retrieved May 4, 2017.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson (Fall 2017)
Dancing with the Stars (US) Third Place
Season 26 (Spring 2018 with Tonya Harding)
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold (Spring 2016)
Dancing with the Stars (US) Fourth Place
Season 23 (Fall 2016 with Terra Jolé)

Season 24 (Spring 2017 with Simone Biles)

Succeeded by
Drew Scott & Emma Slater (Fall 2017)