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Larissa Nikitina  – Emerald City Head Coach.  Larissa is one of the most highly respected and accomplished coaches in the rhythmic world. She has produced multiple Level 10s, Elites, National Team Members, National Champions, World Team Members, World Team Group Members, National Team Coaches and Gymnasts of the Year in various levels.


A 2012 Olympian for the United States, Monica was part of the USA’s Senior National Team that participated in the Rio Olympic Games.  A long-time San Diegan, Monica competed internationally as an individual before joining the Senior Group Team.


Erica was a competitive Rhythmic Gymnast for 8 years, competing at the Junior Olympic Games every year. In 2013 she was national and state champion, and finished off her career as a Level 10 Sr Elite Rhythmic Gymnast, ranking 12 in the nation.

Having achieved a very high level in the sport, Erica shifted her focus to coaching.  She is passionate about helping athletes become champions and find themselves through this beautiful sport.


Nataliya has been coaching at Emerald City Academy of Rhythmic Gymnastics since 2010. Nataliya’s athletes have won numerous titles and medals in local, state, regional and national competitions. She was the 2012 Level 4 rhythmic coach of Region 1 and the coach of the Level 4 2012 regional champion. Nataliya graduated with Honors from the University of California, San Diego with a major in Human Biology.

Nataliya joined a rhythmic gymnastics team when she was four years old and began competing the following year. She was trained by award winning Russian rhythmic gymnastics coach, dance choreographer and ballet teacher Olga Morozova. Along with rhythmic gymnastics, Nataliya was heavily involved in ballet, contemporary dance and Ukrainian folk dance throughout her childhood. She began coaching rhythmic gymnasts in early high school while still competing. Her other job was tutoring peers at her high school in various subjects including mathematics, economics, science and physics. Nataliya loves working with children and guiding them to build confidence, strengths and resilience.


Sveta was a member of Ukraine’s 2012 London Olympic team and participated in numerous World Cups and World Championships, including the 2013 World Championships.  Transitioning to coaching, she became the assistant coach of Ukraine’s Junior National Group Team, a post she recently left to join Emerald City.  A long-time athlete and then coach at the Deriugina School in Kiev, Sveta brings expertise in world class, high-level training, competition and coaching to her role.


Jenny was part of the USA’s Senior National Team, culminating in her appearance as an alternate to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.  Having competed at World Championships and the PAn American Games, Jenny brings a wealth of experience to her coaching role.


Claudia comes from Zaragosa, Spain, and has been coaching all levels of rhythmic gymnastics since 2008.  She is a graduate of the University of Zaragoza graduated and has a  BA in Physical Education and Sports.

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Valentina Ivanova

Valentina Ivanova came to Emerald City after a long and successful run as Bulgaria’s Junior National Group assistant coach.  In July 2017, she led EMC’s FIG Junior Group to the 2017 USA Gymnastics CHampionships, where they became the USA Junior National Team for Group.


Miki was born and raised in Japan, practicing classical ballet, gymnastics and fitness.  She was the national fitness representative for Japan and earned 4th place in the World Fitness Competition before moving to North America.  She has worked as assistant choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) Canada

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Elena Tokareva Baltovick 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. Tokareva came to the United States in 1992 to continue her study of the Vaganova Method with the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Connecticut …

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