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Hi, I am Dmitry Nikolaev

In this brief video, I share a glimpse of my journey and the passion for dance that drives my teaching. No scripts, just a sincere hello from me to you.

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Over the years

Dmitry Nikolaev today is a coach, and a media personality in a ballroom world, hosting and producing and online show called Ballroom BackStage

Over the years of his competitive career he accumulated quite a resume of achievements.  From 1998 till 2013 he competed in all major championships, which are by invitation only - World Championships and World Cups as well as European Championships and European Cups.

His accomplishments includes:

  • 8-time National Belorussian Champion 

  • top 24 best couples in the world

  • top 24 world ranking

  • Silver Medalist at Fred Astaire World Championships

  • Finalist of the European Cup

  • Top 12 World Cup

  • Winner of Denmark Open International Dancesport Championships

  • Winner of Seoul Open International Dancesport Championships

  • Vice Champion IDSF World Open in Salou, Spain

  • 7th place World Latin Youth Championships in Singapore

  • Bronze Medalists Youth Olympic Games (now called World Games)

  • International Champion Winner and Medalist of ballroom dancesport competitions in Latvia, Poland, Lithuania, Portugal, Ukraine and Eastern Europe, Estonia, Slovakia, Denmark   


Never Stop Moving

"Ever since I was able to walk, I was dancing. Growing up I took lessons in my neighborhood ballroom dance studio but I fell in love with dance much later, when I was at my first regional ballroom competition. I will always remember that feeling. It is what enabled me to have such an exciting and rewarding career."


The origin 

His teaching career began quite early, at 15. Perhaps worth noticing, that Dmitry comes from 3 generations of sport and dance coaches. He followed the footsteps of his family and got his Masters Degree in Sports and Ballroom Dance Education. 

Dmitry Nikolaev is registered professional with National Dance Council of America, and certified by Dance Vision.   


I am proud of my students who are:

Embassy Ballroom Championships

1st Place

World Pro/Am Dance Championships Winner in American Rhythm Style

This Competition is a highlights of anybody's career. The Embassy Ballroom Championships has hosted the best in Ballroom dancing for over 40 years. Founded in 1980, Embassy has grown to become one of the top dance competitions in the United States.

Emerald Ball Dancesport Championships

1st place - American Rhythm

Finalist - American Smooth

Pro/Am American Rhythm Silver Open Scholarships Winner

With origins dating back 57 years, the Emerald Ball is a cornerstone of American dancesport, for all dancers—including those new to the competitive scene, and those hoping to capture a ranking on the national scene. As one of the top three competitions in the United States in terms of both size and prestige.

People's Choice Dancesport Competition

1st place American Rhythm

Top 3 American Smooth

Pro/Am American Rhythm Silver Open & Closed Winner; Pro/Am American Smooth Silver Closed Top 3

Truly a jewel of Arizona. Competition that attracts experienced competitors. Hosted every year on Memorial Day Weekend at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. This competition has a long standing history and credibility in American Dancesport. 

In my own words

Love of what I do

Its been many years since I made my first steps as a dancer. But I still love it! I love to talk about it, teach it, discus all aspects of it. Even so I retired from competitive ballroom dance, I still closely in it, through my online show - Ballroom BackStage. 

As teenagers my friends and I spends days on end in the ballroom, practicing, learning , polishing our skills. Coming from very poor neighborhood, competitive dancing showed me the world. As an athlete I travelled all over the world. I've seen different countries and cultures.

You know when you love something and passionate about it. Long days of practice were joy, big competitions made me feel a part of something. And representing my country for 11 years on World and European championships made me responsible for how world sees my culture. By birth I am Belorussian , now I am a proud citizen of USA. 

Sharing my knowledge was my passions since I have started this dance journey. I won my first regional and nationals at 14. That attracted attention and I was asked to teach my first lesson at 15, at 17 I taught lectures and seminars.  

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