Our Team

Elena & Ekaterina Zakharoff

Elena is a dance teacher and competition adjudicator since 1976. Currently specializing in  high level competitive Ballroom for all ages as well as young dancers development. She was a member of The Board of Chairmen of Russian DanceSport Federation in 2000-2006 and the organizer/co-organizer of many competitions including Russian National Championships in 1995 and 1997. She coaches multiple Russian, US and European champions and finalists, who she has trained since their very first steps in Ballroom dancing. Elena is only coaching active competitors and young pre-ballroom dancers.   

Ekaterina has been a Latin dance teacher for 20 years and is a World Dance Council Adjudicator in Ballroom and Latin dance. She has had an extensive competitive career, participating in over 1,000 competitions world-wide in the span of 25 years. Ekaterina is a US National, US, UK and British Open Professional Rising Star finalist, as well as a World Cup professional Latin finalist. She retired at the top of her competitive career placing 22nd among all the Professional Latin dancers in the World Ranking list. Ekaterina has choreographed several performances on TV shows "Dancing with the Stars" and "America's Got Talent". She has published articles for magazines, such as “Dance Beat”. Ekaterina is only coaching active competitors and also offers an online consultation. For more information on Ekaterina please check her personal website at www.EkaterinaZakharoff .com.

All teachers and coaches introduced on this page are working independently in studios and gyms throughout our region. All of them grew up as dancers at NIKA Academy to become Nationally and Internationally recognized performers and coaches to successful dancers, and as their coaches we are proud of their success and desire to pursue a Professional career in dance. We are confident you will get the highest level of instruction. To schedule your lessons, you can either contact them independently or you can contact NIKA Academy for other methods of contact.   

Scott Nicholson

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.  Scott can be contacted via email HERE

Nathan Murstein 

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 adults. Nathan can be contacted via email HERE

Michael Levenkov

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. Michael can be contacted via email  HERE

To be continued...

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