Sveta Prokopova

Level 8-10

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

Level 4-10

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.

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.

Claudia Escolano

Level 5

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, and level 3-5 athletes.

Amanda Levine

Level 3

Amanda is a San Diego native. At age 7, she was introduced to rhythmics gymnastics at Emerald City Academy. Amanda trained very hard and achieved Level 10. Shortly after she was invited by the AGG National Team coach to be part of the USA AGG National Team. As a member of the AGG National Team, she advanced to the event finals at all World Cups Series the team particpated in and at two World Championships. Amanda has competed in Finland, Toronto, Budapest, France, Brazil, Singapore and Spain.
Since retiring as an athlete, she has been enjoying her coaching career and passing on her love of rhythmic gymnastics to the next generation of gymnasts.

Amanda’s Accomplishments:

· National Rope Champion for her age group in Level 5
· All-around champion and champion on all 4 apparatus for her age group at her first International competition in Canada at Level 8
· Received the judges award for “Crowd Pleaser” at Coaches Cup in Level 9
· Regional team member for Region 1 Level 8
· National Qualifier all-around champion for her age group in Level 9
· Featured in an article in Sports Illustrated Kids, September 2017

Ashley Ma

Pre-school

Beginner/ Recreational

Ashley began rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 8 at Emerald City. She reached Level 7 before retiring and decided to help out at EMC as a junior coach. Two years ago, Ashley was promoted to a coaching position for beginner levels. Ashley genuinely loves working with younger children and is super excited to watch them take their first steps in rhythmic gymnastics. Ashley also takes USAG lectures to keep up with new developments in the sport for youth. We love watching Ashley coach and see the progress with our little ones!

Angela Wang

Assistant Coach

Level 5

Angela began rhythmic gymnastics at Emerald City Rhythmics when she was 8 years old. After a year in the rhythmic recreational program, she was invited to join Emerald City’s competitive team. Angela’s hard work, perseverance, and self-motivation in the sport can be seen in her competition results. She qualified as a level 10 elite, the highest title a gymnast can earn at National Qualifiers, as a first-year level 9. Additionally, Angela has had the opportunity to compete against top gymnasts from all regions of the US at multiple National Championships. Angela consecutively reaffirmed her level 10 title as a junior and senior in the following seasons before retiring from rhythmic. In addition to her achievements in rhythmic, Angela continued to use her experience in gymnastics by joining the USA junior team national team in Aesthetic Group Gymnastics. Angela’s skills from rhythmic made her a beneficial team member in Aesthetic Group Gymnastics. After competing in New York and Estonia with the team, Angela retired from all gymnastics. As a coach, Angela uses her experiences and knowledge from both rhythmic and AGG to help inspire the next generation of gymnasts.

Angela’s Accomplishments:

  • 2016 Regional Team Member for Region 1 in Level 8
  • Level 8 National Champion on ribbon, all-around and floor National Champion in age group 
  • Qualified for level 10 and Elite National Championships at National Qualifier 2017
  • Qualified for Nationals as senior level 10 at National Qualifier 2019
  • AGG 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