Elena Zakharova - Academy owner and Director
Ekaterina Zakharoff - Academy owner and Director
Scott began his ballroom dancing career in Portland, Oregon.
In 2012, he partnered with a dancer from Bellevue, Washington and started traveling up north every weekend for lessons and practice.
In 2013 he joined NIKA Academy, and one year later moved to the Seattle area to pursue his career as a competitive dancer and ballroom/latin coach. Scott and his partner quickly became one of the most successful couples in the Northwest, placing in finals of most West Coast competitions.
Scott started teaching in 2013 and has already had great success with his students, winning top places at competitions around the US, such as the Emerald Ball and the Embassy Championships in California.
Scott is available for private lessons for children and adults, as well as performances with his partner Sarina Wright.
Nathan began ballroom dancing in 2009 under the guidance of Elena and Ekaterina. His exceptional self-discipline, talent and love for the art was apparent at a young age. With the support and dedication of his parents he quickly became the Regional and US National champion in the Pre-teen and Junior division. In 2010 and 2011 he placed in the semi-final at the prestigious Blackpool Dance Festival with his partner Polina Dickenson. In 2013 he paired with dancer Nicole Sheiman and won the Ohio Star Ball (broadcasted by PBS as America’s Ballroom Challenge) in the Junior and Showdance division. In 2015 he joined dancer Empria King and placed 10th at the Dutch Open Championships in Assen, Netherlands. Currently competing with a Russian dancer Alina Odintsova, Nathan is available for lessons to children and a dults.
Sarina has a strong background in gymnastics and turned ballroom dancer around 2011.
She was competing as amateur for a year and then turned professional, competing in Rhythm division and placing in finals in most of the competitions she danced in. Sarina won 2015 Portland Open championship in both Rising Star and Open Pro divisions.
Currently Sarina is competing with Scott Nicholson in Amateur Latin division. Together they are WA leading Adult Amateur competitors representing our state nationally and internationally. They are a well-known couple in the US and World dance community.
Sarina is available for dance lessons as well as conditioning and fitness lessons for dancers and non-dancers.
Michael started his dance education at the age of 8 and currently is one of the top Youth competitors in our region. In 2018 Michael with his partner Cassandra Henrickson placed 10th at the US National Championships in Provo, UT. Although trained in all 10 international style dances, Michael specializes in Ballroom program. This year Michael graduates from high school to continue his education in UW, at the same time bringing his dance career to the new level by starting teaching at NIKA. He is currently getting ready to compete in Youth and Under 21 Ballroom divisions with his partner - 2015 US representative to the World Championship in Paris Lyubov Morgan.
Michael is available for private lessons for children and youth.
Christina Tatevosyan (assistant teacher)
Christina started dancing at the age of 5 and joined NIKA Academy in 2014 to study Latin program and in 2016 to study Ballroom. She quickly progressed to become a solid Youth Championship competitor with her partner Jordan Naini and in 2016 they have won or made top 3 result in most of their competitions.
Christina is assisting with our pre-ballroom program.
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