Mr. Nikolay was born and raised in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He started dancing at age 7 when his mother took him to the ballroom dance studio. While in Bulgaria he was a 3 time Bulgarian champion in International Latin, Standard and in the 10 Dance Championship.
He moved to the United States and worked at a Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Phoenix, Arizona for 2 years. In 2008 he moved to Wisconsin and has earned many awards as a dancer and teacher. Nikolay was the Fred Astaire Dance Studios National Rising Star Rhythm Champion in 2009 and in 2010 earned the Top Customer Service Award and the Top Overall Teacher Award for the Wisconsin Region.
In September 2012, Nikolay, and his dance partner, Sarah Haworth, won the United States Rising Star Rhythm Title and were Vice National American Style 9 Dance Champions. In both 2013 and 2014 Mr. Nikolay and his students won US National and World Pro/Am American Rhythm, Smooth and 9 Dance Championships. Mr. Nikolay is consistently a Top Teacher at regional and national events and won the Rising Star Teacher Award at Ohio Star Ball in 2013.
When teaching Mr. Nikolay enjoys creating a big presentation for his students. He focuses his teaching on the students’ styling, footwork and hip motion.
He loves the passion of the dance – the music, expression & partnership that ballroom dancing has to offer.
When Nikolay is not dancing, his hobbies include traveling, playing tennis, watching movies and shopping.