SvetaHead Coach and current USA National Team Coach Sveta Prokopova has a sparkling athletic lineage as well. She 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 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.
DaniIordanka “Dani” Kovatchka is a former Bulgarian National Team Group athlete and was European Junior and Senior Championships Gold Medalist (1989 and 1990) and World Senior Championships Silver Medalist in 1991. As a coach, she trained elite athletes in Bulgaria and Spain before moving to the USA. She has coached in the San Diego area for the last twelve years. Dani was previously region one coach of the year and JO Coach of the year, and was Head Coach at SoCal Rhythmics for ten years. In addition, she has developed many programs that expanded options for her gymnasts, including Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced groups.
MikiMiki 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 an assistant choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) Canada alongside Dmitri Chapman, and more recently, she earned the Champion title in the 2011 California Open competition for her aerial work and story-telling abilities in the theater arts. Miki originally moved to the United States to study classic and modern dance again at Alvin Ailey Dance Academy (New York City), and has since been featured in principal dance roles for both major music videos (previously on MTV) and musical theater productions and across the country. Miki has broadened her interests to include all of the various forms of ballroom dance and has been successfully teaching and competing on the ballroom floor from Florida, to Toronto, and now San Diego. Although Miki has actively pursued dance in nearly every form for many years, her true love remains focused on the unifying principles of strength, balance and flexibility which permeate the physical performing arts. Miki is honored to be part of the team at Emerald Rhythmic Gymnastics and is excited to have the opportunity to instruct and mold the talented young girls of San Diego! Miki is a Safety and Instructor certified professional member of United States Gymnastics Association.
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. Claudia also has a Masters in Education.Claudia has 16 years of coaching experience and currently coaches recreational, Rhythmic Excel, pre-team, Level 3 and Level 4 athletes
PalomaPaloma began training on rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 6 and she spent the next 15 years participating every year in the National Competitions in Spain as Club Acordes member. She started her career as coach in 2008, and she studied 3 years to get the title as Spanish National Coach. She has been coaching all levels of Rhythmic Gymnastics, from recreational classes to competition level. Paloma graduated in Sport Sciences (University of A Coruna, 2013) and earned an MBA Sports Management (Madrid European University, 2015). She loves working with children and helping them enjoy the sport. Paloma began training on rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 6 and she spent the next 15 years participating every year in the National Competitions in Spain as Club Acordes member. She started her carrier as coach in 2008, and she studied 3 years to get the title as Spanish National Coach. She has been coaching all levels of Rhythmic Gymnastics, from recreational classes to competition level. Paloma is graduated in Sport Sciences (University of A Coruna, 2013) and MBA Sports Management (Madrid European University, 2015). She loves working with children and make them enjoy the sport.
Elena Tokareva Baltovick serves as both ballet instructor and Aesthetic Group Gymnastics Coach.
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. 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 graduating with honors in 1994. In 1998 Ms. Tokareva 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 Achievement 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 AGG Achievement include: ● developed team named #1 in North America ● created team uniforms and competition attire ● provided guest coaches, judges, and choreography for international competitions, ● manages social media network to connect with teams around the world ● Team Grace invited to train this summer in Italy, Finland, Bulgaria, and Spain ● made Finals at the World Championships and World Championships #14 finish!