Nathan Zaytsev and Annika Mugin began dancing in San Francisco in September, 2014 at the SDA Sukachov Dance Academy. By the end of 2015 they were American Dance League’s couple of the year in Pre-Teen 1 category for two years in a row.
Still very young, their love of Ballroom Dance is evident to all that see them on the dance floor. In the short time they’ve been dancing, they’ve placed 1st or runners-up in numerous events in local and national competitions including West Coast Junior Olympics, Emerald Ball, San Francisco Open and others. Nathan and Annika were also finalists in both Latin and Standard categories at the 2017 U.S. National Amateur DanceSport Championships in Utah.
Looking forward to the year ahead, Nathan and Annika plan to take their Aida dance shoes on the road, competing on the national and international Ballroom circuit including Embassy Ball, Autumn Dance Classic, Ohio Star Ball and a 2017 finish at the Paris Open as well as the most prestigious competition: Junior Blackpool Dance Festival.
Their spectacular debut onto the national scene as the youngest of AIDA sponsored couples is no surprise to those that have been following them. They share with the world the passion, determination and talent that Aida represents on the dance floor.