Our Team

Katya Cooper was born in Russia, where she started her ballroom training at the early age of four. Her mom was her primary coach and she has traveled the world to train with many other renowned coaches in International Standard and Latin Dance. She has competed and won Latin, Standard, and Ten Dance Ballroom events all around the globe. Katya came to the United States to further pursue her career as a ballroom instructor/competitor. Katya dances with partner Anton Sidorov in the USA in January 2009; since then, they became Mid-Atlantic Latin champions, Mid-West Latin champions, and Mid-West Standard champions. They also won in the Standard division at the United Dancesport Championship 2010 in Orlando, FL. They placed 4th in the Smooth division at USA National Championships 2013.

Katya began teaching dance at age of 16. She currently teaches all ages and skill levels of ballroom dancing.

She found competitive kids’ team Atlanta Elite in 2010. Since then, her students have placed top three in Nationals Championships since 2012.

One of her couples was honored to represent the United States Juvenile Team at the internationalBlackpool Dance Competition in 2012 in UK.
Katya is on Facebook.

 

 

JEFF TRENT

Jeff Trent has 28 years of professional ballroom dancing experience, performing at numerous events both in the U.S. and abroad. He received professional ballroom dance instruction at Fred Astaire dance studios, and he’s been coached by numerous world-renowned dance professionals, including Dancing With The Stars’ Louis Van Amstel and Tony Dovolani. He’s certified in Bronze, Silver, and Gold syllabus levels for ballroom dance instruction for American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard, and International Latin. He’s also been featured as both an actor and a dancer in several movies and television shows.

Jeff is on Facebook.

 

 

 

Rikki McKinney was born in St. Petersburg Florida. At the tender age of 13, on the day of his very first performance with Chuck Davis’s African American Dance Ensemble & the day of his father’s death, he made a vow to be one of the most unique African American Male Dancers in the USA. So he decided to use the Arts and Entertainment as an outlet to express himself and to transform his fantasy of performing all over the world into a reality, in which he studied at some of the most Prestigious training dance schools such as School of American Ballet, The Rock School, Joffery Ballet, The Alvin Ailey School, Debbie Allen School of Dance, Dance Theater of Harlem, Bolshoi Ballet in Russia, Broadway Dance Center, Jacobs Pillow and University of The Arts (B.F.A in Ballet Education).

Some of Rikki’s Broadway/Off-Broadway and Stage credits include:

Twist: An American Musical,  The Wiz (The Scarecrow), Swan Lake, Carmina Burena, Pirates of the Phantom Waves, Cirque Du Soleil’s World of Coca Cola Grand opening(choreographed/danced), Ringling Brothers Circus, Disney Cruise Lines, and staging/choreographing halftime shows for NFL/NBA, such as the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Heat, Dallas Cowboys.

Rikki has Choreographed, Creative Directed, Artist Development and danced,  for recording artists such as Paris Hilton, Janelle Monae, Black Eye Peas,  Raven Symone, Destiny’s Child, All-American Rejects, Big Sean, Trey Songz, and many more.

In 2012, Rikki was awarded: Destined to Dance Best Male Dancer in Atlanta.

Rikki McKinney also teaches masterclasses, judges competitions, and mentors/educates  young dancers throughout the USA and abroad.

Rikki is on Facebook.

 

CINDY JOHNSON

Dance Instructor

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Cindy Johnson has been a dancer all her life and truly enjoys helping others become comfortable on the dance floor. She began her training and teaching career at the Arthur Murray Studio in Fort Worth, Texas, progressing to a Professional Rising Star Champion. Moving to Atlanta in 1984, she was privileged to teach with Jackie Walls at what became Atlanta Ballroom Dance Centre. Since then she has coached singles, couples and groups in social, performance and competitive styles of Smooth, Standard, Rhythm, Latin, Swing and Country dancing.
Cindy DJs and MCs many local ballroom dance parties, competitions and social events (ABDC, USA, Atlanta Dance, Coolanta) and was “Deck Captain Extrordinare “ for the Southeastern Regional Amateur Championship during its Atlanta years.
Cindy is presently teaching social dancing in Smooth, Rhythm, Swing and Country. She offers private lessons, group classes and periodic workshops for male and female dancers (beginner through advanced) who are interested in the joy of the journey of learning to dance. It is, after all, a most pleasurable and personal form of communication—something everyone can use more of.
Cindy is on Facebook.

RAINIER RICS

Dance Instructor

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After 20+ years of teaching ballroom and Latin dancing, Rainier Rics prepares and dances with his students in competitions around the country. They compete in Smooth, Rhythm, Standard, and Latin styles. They also prepare exhibition techniques  As an organizer, he runs showcase events in February, and competitions in September. He performs in professional shows and he  and he MCs, DJs and judges dance beats as well.

Rainier is on Facebook.

SOPHIA REZNIKOVA

Sophia Reznikova has been introduced to ballroom through Katya Cooper. She helps coach and develop the skills of our youngest dancers, giving extra attention and support through both group classes and private lessons for children as young as three years old. She dances with older, newcomer children as well. Her favorite dance is the jive, and she also loves drawing and other performance art like singing and theater.

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