EMC Coaches

Meet our amazing team of coaches!

Elena Baltovick

EMC President

RG Ballet Teacher

Ballet Experience

She began studying classical ballet at age nine in her native Kiev, Ukraine. She studied at the National Choreographic Ballet School of Ukraine and danced with the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Ms. Baltovick came to the United States in 1992 to continue her study of the Vaganova Method with the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Connecticut graduating with honors in 1994. In 1998 Ms. Baltovick graduated cum laude from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music and Ballet Pedagogy. Her main coach was world famous Prima Ballerina Alla Osipenko from Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Ballet Coaching
Achievements include:
  • 2011- YAGP San Diego/ Top 12 Pre-Competitive Contemporary (PCC)
  • 2012- Top 12 PCC, 3rd Place Ensemble
  • 2013- Top 12 PCC, 1st Place Junior Contemporary, Top 12 Ensemble
  • 2014- 1st PCC, 2nd Place Junior Contemporary, Top 12 Pre-Competitive Classical and Top 12 PCC
  • 2015- Outstanding Teacher, 3rd Place PCC, Top 12 Junior Contemporary, Top 12 Junior Classical and Top
    12 Pre-Competitive Junior Contemporary, Top 12 Ensembles
  • 2016-Top 12 PCC, Top 12 Junior Classical, 3rd Place Junior Contemporary, 3rd Place Junior Classical and
    Top 12 Junior Contemporary, 3rd Place Pre-Competitive Men’s Classical
  • 2017- 2nd Place PCC, Top 12 Pre-Competitive Classical, Top 12 Junior Contemporary, 1st Place Junior
    Contemporary, 1st Place PCC
  • 2018- 2nd Place Pre-Competitive Classical, 3rd Place Pre-Competitive Classical, Top 12 PCC, 1st Place
    Trio, 1st Place Ensemble, 2nd Place Pre-Competitive Contemporary, Top 12 Pre-Competitive Classical
  • YAGP Los Angeles: 1st Place PCC, Top 12 PCC, Top 12 Pre-Competitive Classical
  • 2019 – 12 NY Finalists for Youth America Grand Prix, Outstanding Teacher 2019 YAGP
  • 2020 – 6 finalists for Candian Grand Prix Niagara Falls, Outstanding Teacher Canadian Grand Prix
AGG Coaching Achievements include:
  • Gold medal United Cup 2017, Chicago, USA
    Gold medal Four Continents Cup 2017 Chicago, USA
    World Cup IV 2017, made finals, Chicago, USA
  • World Cup I 2018, made finals, Helsinki, Finland
  • Koop Cup, bronze medal, Montreal, Canada, 2018
  • World Championships 2018 , made finals, Budapesht, Hungary
  • Louvre Cup, Bronze Medal, Paris, France 2018
    Wold Cup III, made finals, 2018 Paris, France
  • PanAmerican Champions 2018 Santos, Brazil
    World Cup IV 2018, made finals, Santos, Brazil
  • Ranked #9 Team in the World (2018)
  • Ranked #1 Team on American Continent 2018
  • Singapore Cup, bronze medalist, 2019 Singapore, Singapore
    World Cup I, made finals , 2019, Singapore, Singapore
  • World Championships, Made finals, 2019 Murcia, Spain
  • Gold Medal First Inaugural Aurora Games 2019 in Albany, USA
  • Bronze Medal Tallinn Trophy 2019 Tallinn, Estonia
    Wold Cup IV 2019, made finals, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Ranked #7 Team in the World (2019)
  • Ranked #1 Team on American Continent 2019

Sveta Prokopova

USA National Team Coach

EMC Heach Coach

RG Level 9-10

Head Coach and current USA National Team coach Sveta started rhythmic gymnastics at age 5. She quickly progressed and was invited to train at the Derugina School, where she remained for the entirety of her professional career. She retired after a successful career and began coaching at the Derugina School.

Coach Sveta Prokopova has a sparkling athletic lineage.  She was a member of Ukraine’s 2012 London Olympic team and has participated in numerous World Cups and World Championships, including the 2013 World Championships.

Her accomplishments include:

  • 2013 Universiade bronze medalist in group
  • Silver medalist at Gimnasiada in Qatar
  • Participated in numerous World Cups in Moscow, Minsk, Italy, Israel, France , Portugal, Prague, Slovenia, Korea, Spain and more, from top 6 to gold medalists
  • 12-time Ukrainian Champion in Group competition
  • Bronze medalists at 2013 Rhythmic World Championships in ten clubs event
  • Placed 5th AA in finals at 2012 London Olympics

Transitioning to coaching after her retirement, she became the assistant coach of Ukraine’s Junior Group National Team, a post she left to join Emerald City.  A long-time athlete and coach at the Deriugina School in Kiev, Sveta brings expertise in world class, high-level training, competition and coaching to her role.

Dasha Baltovick

RG Head Coach Level 4-8

San Diego native and recently retired USA National Team veteran Dasha Baltovick combines significant international competing experience with a love of teaching girls the wonders of rhythmic gymnastics, especially group.

Dasha began her rhythmic gymnastics training at the age of 6 in San Diego. In 2013, at age 8, she moved to Kiev, Ukraine to train at one of the most prestigious rhythmic training facilities in the world, The Derugina School (home gym of Head Coach Sveta).

Four years later, she moved to Chicago to train and  became an elite rhythmic gymnast (top 12 in the country), as a junior and kept her elite status as a senior. Dasha has been a medalist in numerous national and international competitions.

In 2016, she was selected to be part of the USA Senior National Team in Group Rhythmic Gymnastics, where she trained and competed from 2017-2019. Recent accomplishments are:

  • Gold Medalist in USA National Championships All Around in 2017 & 2018
  • Pan American Championship All Around Silver Medalist in Florida, USA 2017, as well as Gold Medalist in Five Hoops and Silver Medalist in Ropes and Balls
  • Pan American Championship All Around Silver Medalist in Lima, Peru 2018, as well as Silver Medalist in Ropes and Balls
  • Turin, Italy vs USA All Around Silver Medalist 2017
  • Portimao, Spain World Cup All Around Bronze medalist, and Silver Medalist in Ropes and Balls 2017
  • Grand Prix Thiais, France Silver Medalist 2017 in Five Hoops
  • Competed at 2017 World Championships in Pesaro, Italy and at 2018 World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria

Currently Dasha has retired from the competitive world and is pursuing her passion in coaching. As a coach she is committed to sharing her passion, educating and training others in Rhythmic Gymnastics.

Catherine Carolina Cortez Egea

RG Level 6-8

Coach Catherine brings her extensive experience of professional coaching internationally to EMC. A native of Venezuela, Catherine began her gymnastics training at age 3 and enjoyed a long competitive career from 1999-2014. Catherine has coached for the Venezuelan national team, Club Hermanas Cortez (Caracas), Shelton Gym (Miami), among others. Ms. Cortez Egea has been invited to be a judge, guest choreographer, and speaker at workshops around the world.

Notable accomplishments include:
• Pan American Games, Canada (2014) 5th place Groups
• Pan American Games, Mexico (2010) 3rd place Groups
• Sudamericano Gymnastics, Venezuela (2007) 3 Gold Medals
• World Cup Gymnastics, Patras (2007) Ranked 25th
• Pan American Games, Brazil (2007) 5th place Rope
• World Cup Gymnastics, Genova (2007) Ranked 21st
• Games of Alba, Cuba (2007) 1 Gold and 2 Silver Medals
• World Cup Gymnastics, Portimao (2007) Ranked 17th
• Centroamerican Games, Colombia (2006) 1 Bronze Medal
• Sudamerican Games, Argentina (2006) 1 Bronze Medal

During her early training, Catherine was recognized as a stellar athlete and awarded merits through the President of Venezuela, Order José Félix Rivas, Mayor’s Office of Zamora, and the YMCA.

Catherine earned her BS in Sports through Liceo Caracas, and is furthering her studies remotely through South Sports University.

 

Vianna Ngo

AGG

Vianna Ngo started her rhythmic career when she was 10 years old. She had been dancing since she was three years old, and she transitioned to rhythmic gymnastics after falling in love with it after she watched the 2012 Olympics. Vianna’s rhythmic journey was a success; after much hard work and dedication, she became part of the USA Rhythmic Junior Group National Team. After completing a season with the junior group, she was invited to become a member of the USA National Team of Aesthetic Group Gymnastics at Emerald City.
Vianna easily transitioned from rhythmic to AGG due to her good work ethic.
The team had a very successful year under head coach, Elena Baltovick. They travelled around the world and made a name for themselves in the AGG international community.
AGG has offered many opportunities to Vianna, including intensive training, international competitions, experiencing different cultures, meeting foreign teams, but most importantly, it provided her a second family. Because she trained with the her teammates for long hours, she formed strong bonds with them, as well as with Coach Baltovick.
Vianna joined the team with an open mindset and strong work ethic. Her leadership skills shone through, and she soon became co-Team Captain with fellow teammate, Fernanda Gutierrez. In 2020, Vianna was invited by the AGG National Team Head Coach to coach AGG at Emerald City. Vianna’s experience working with National Team Groups, competing in international arenas, her compassion for AGG makes her a great asset to EMC. Ms. Ngo is excited to help AGG to grow in the United States and help young gymnasts experience AGG.

Vianna’s accomplishments:

  • Gold medal, USA NT Jr RG Group, Challenge 2018, Lake Placid, New York
  • Silver medal, USA NT Jr RG Group, Athens Cup 2018, Athens, Greece
  • Gold medal, USA NT Jr RG Group, Pacific Rim 2018, Medellin, Colombia
  • Silver medal, USA NT JR RG Group, Pan American Championships, Medellin, Colombia
  • Bronze medalist, AGG, Singapore Cup, Singapore, Singapore
    World Cup I, AGG, made finals, 2019 Singapore, Singapore
  • World Championships, AGG, Made finals, 2019 Murcia Spain
  • Gold Medal, AGG, First Inaugural Aurora Games 2019 in Albany, New York
  • Bronze medal, AGG, Tallinn Trophy, 2019, Tallinn, Estonia
    World Cup IV 2019, made finals, Tallinn Estonia
  • Ranked #7 AGG team in the world 2019
  • Ranked #1 AGG Team on American Continent 2019

Fernanda Gutierrez

AGG Team Emerald

AGG Golden Age

RG Level 3

Fernanda Gutierrez started her rhythmic career at Emerald City when she was 10 years old. Her rhythmic journey was successful; however, after level 8, Fernanda decided to join an Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (AGG) team at Emerald City Rhythmics.

The team (Team Grace) was very new to the United States and to Emerald City Rhythmics. After a very successful year and lots of hard work under coach Elena Baltovick, at the end of the 2018 season, Team Grace became USA National Team of Aesthetic Group Gymnastics. This was the very first National Team in America of AGG. Fernanda was always a gymnast with leadership skills and for two years she was Team Captain.

AGG has brought her many opportunities, including intensive training and competitions, traveling around the world, meeting new people, learning about different cultures, and building strong friendships with her teammates.

Fernanda has a wide understanding and love for this sport. In 2020, Fernanda was invited by the National Team Head Coach to coach AGG at Emerald City. Ms. Gutierez would like to be able to educate girls and boys about this truly beautiful sport, so that it will grow and prosper in the United States. AGG does not have huge following right now, and Fernanda would like to continue building this sport in the USA. Aesthetic Group Gymnastics also brings a wonderful experience of competing in international arenas in a professional sport setting. AGG gives gymnasts an opportunity to learn about other countries and cultures.

Emerald City is very happy to have Fernanda on the coaching staff.

Fernanda’s accomplishments:

  • Gold medal United Cup 2017, Chicago, USA
    Gold medal Four Continents Cup 2017 Chicago, USA
    World Cup IV 2017, made finals, Chicago, USA
  • World Cup I 2018, made finals, Helsinki, Finland
  • Koop Cup, bronze medal, Montreal, Canada, 2018
  • World Championships 2018 , made finals, Budapesht, Hungary
  • Louvre Cup, Bronze Medal, Paris, France 2018
    Wold Cup III, made finals, 2018 Paris, France
  • PanAmerican Champions 2018 Santos, Brazil
    World Cup IV 2018, made finals, Santos, Brazil
  • Ranked #9 Team in the World (2018)
  • Ranked #1 Team on American Continent 2018
  • Singapore Cup, bronze medalist, 2019 Singapore, Singapore
    World Cup I, made finals , 2019, Singapore, Singapore
  • World Championships, Made finals, 2019 Murcia, Spain
  • Gold Medal First Inaugural Aurora Games 2019 in Albany, USA
  • Bronze Medal Tallinn Trophy 2019 Tallinn, Estonia
    World Cup IV 2019, made finals, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Ranked #7 Team in the World (2019)
  • Ranked #1 Team on American Continent 2019

Kaitlyn Ngo

RG 3-4 y/o and 5-6 y/o

Kaitlyn Ngo began dancing at the age of 3 and transitioned to rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 7. After completing Level 7 of rhythmic gymnastics, she transitioned into Aesthetic Group Gymnastics, where she became a member of the AGG USA National Team in 2018. Throughout years of hard work and training under Elena Baltovick, the team made a name for themselves in the international AGG community. They represented the USA in many competitions, including World Championships in Spain and Hungary.

Kaitlyn’s years in rhythmic and aesthetic gymnastics have fostered a love for both sports, which she continues to share through coaching. She hopes to welcome young kids into the sport and inspire them to pursue a career in rhythmic gymnastics.

Kaitlyn’s Accomplishments:

  • Koop Cup, bronze medal, Canada 2018
  • 2018 World Championships in Budapest, made finals
  • Ranked #9 team in the world (2018)
  • Ranked #1 team in North America (2018)
  • Singapore Cup 2019, bronze medalist
  • 2019 World Cup in Singapore, made finals
  • 2019 World Championships in Spain, made finals
  • Gold medalist in First Inaugural Aurora Games 2019 held in Albany, USA
  • Bronze Medal Tallinn Trophy in 2019 held in Estonia
  • 2019 Estonia World Cup IV, made finals
  • Ranked #1 team in North America (2019)
  • Ranked #7 team worldwide (2019)

Liliana Lizalde

Jazz Dance

Liliana Lizalde began dancing at the age of 4. She trained in several genres of dance, from contemporary to ballroom, and her favorite was always ballet. Despite extensive dance experience, most of her time was spent on rhythmic gymnastics. She was a rhythmic gymnastics national champion, awarded 2-time athlete of the year in Region 1, invited to be on the pre-elite national team, and qualified as a junior national team member. Even though she loved rhythmic gymnastics, Lily decided to follow her heart and focus on ballet. At 13, she moved from San Diego to Arizona to train full-time in the professional program at the Master Ballet Academy, where she has since danced in several performances with the Phoenix Ballet Company. Lily has competed and placed in the top 3 at the Youth America Grand Prix and advanced to the NY City Finals several times as a soloist, pas de duex, and ensemble dancer. Lily was honored to be chosen to compete in the 2018 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, where she made it through the second round. She was also chosen to compete in the 2018 Beijing International Ballet Competition . Lily loves dance and wants to share her love with her students.