San Diego Rhythms
Natalie Test - Ballet teacher
Natalie has danced professionally for many years with such ballet companies as Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Colorado
Ballet, and City Ballet of San Diego. Natalie  enjoys working with children of all levels  and abilities. She has a lot of experience
teaching classical ballet, contemporary and modern dance, and Jazz. She has a strong knowledge of rhythmic gymnastics.
At San Diego Rhythms Natalie is working with competitive team and also is teaching beginner and intermediate level classes.
She  focuses on teaching solid performance.  Natalie has been teaching at our school since 2011.  
Nicole Minevich
Our visiting coach
Nicole took responsibility of San Diego Rhythms Head Coach's position when she was just 17 years old after retiring from
competitions as Level 10 gymnast. She built this school, and now she is pursuing her career in Law, attending Michigan School of
Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Sofia Minevich -
Program Director and Head Coach, USA Gymnastics Rhythmic Region 1 Administrative Chair.
Rhythmic  Xcel Commitee member.
She is a former  rhythmic and artistic gymnast  and a  figure skater. She was competing in artistic and rhythmic  gymnastics for her
college in Russia and was teaching rhythmic gymnastics, ballet, dance, and sports aerobics to children and adults. In 1987 Sofia got
her credentials in teaching rhythmic gymnastics from Moscow Sports Committee. She also worked as a preschool teacher for many
years. Sofia has professional dance and ballet training. Many of her students were members of Children National Team - Future
Stars, and  members of Youth Squad.  She is a professional member of USA Gymnastics, graduate of the USA Gymnastics
National Safety Certification Program, KAT program, and is CPR and First Aid Certified,
and completed USA gymnastics
universit Safe Sport Program course. Sofia was awarded a title of Region 1 coach of the Year multiple times
Anastasia Proshkina -Competitive team coach.
Stacey is San Diego Rhythms former student. She is attending  UCSD, and is teaching our very young students,
as well as team level athletes.  Stacey is USA Gymnastics  Professional member, safety certified, and  completed   USA
Gymnastics university Safe Sport Program course.
Marina Kukhta
Competitive Team Head Coach.
Marina is one of the most respected and well known coaches in the country. She has 25 years of coaching experience.
She is former Russian rhythmic gymnast and a coach, who received extensive training in rhythmic gymnastics and ballet.
She has Master's degree in Physical Education from the University of Physical Education in Lvov, Ukraine.
Marina has been USA Rhythmic National Team coach since 2012.  
Her gymnast Brigita Budginas has been  a National team member for 5 years, representing our country at many international
competitions, including World Cup. Marina was first primary coach of Natalie McGiffert, who represented our country at Olympic
Games in Rio as a group member.
Marina was awarded a title of Region 1 coach of the Year multiple times. In 2014, Marina received the highest level of coaching
distinction by the USA gymnastics - Master of Sports .
Marina is USA gymnastics professional member, Safety Certified, and completed   USA Gymnastics university Safe Sport Program
Madelyn Hirsch - Competitive team  coach .  She is teaching SDR levels 3 and 4 pre team, as well as assisting with
coaching level 5 and 6  gymnasts. She is USA gymnastics professional member, Safety Certfied, and completed   USA
Gymnastics university Safe Sport Program course. Madelyn is UCSD student.