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.
Erin Tsukashima -Pre team, Rhythmic Xcel, and beginner classes coach and ballet teacher
Erin began dancing at the age of 3 and received her BFA in Dance Performance with High Honors from Butler
University, where she studied ballet, jazz, and modern dance. As a child, she also competed in rhythmic gymnastics.
Erin is excited to use her dance and gymnastics experience while coaching at San Diego Rhythms. She is a favorite
teacher of San Diego Rhythms Developmental program students and parents. She is a USA Gymnastics Professional
Member and is Safety Certified , and completed USA Gymnastics university Safe Sport Program course. Erin has
been teaching at SDR since 2012. She is continuing her education at SDSU
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
Margaret Misyutina - Competitive team coach.
Margaret is San Diego Rhythms former student. After retiring from competitive sport she started to teach in our school.
Margaret is a high school student. She has a talent working with children, and she is sharing her love of this sport with them. She
is a USA Gymnastics Professional Member and is Safety Certified , and completed USA Gymnastics university Safe Sport
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
SAN DIEGO RHYTHMS COACHES
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.
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
Kayla Paraoan - Competitive team assistant coach . Kayla is San Diego Rhythms former student. She is teaching SDR
levels 3 and 4 pre team, as well as assisting with coaching level 6 and up gymnasts. She is a USA Gymnastics Professional
Member, First Aid and CPR certified, and is Safety Cer and completed USA Gymnastics university Safe Sport Program
course.tified , and completed U100 USA gymnastics university course.
Madelyn Hirsch - Competitive team assistant coach . She is teaching SDR levels 3 and 4 pre team, as well as assisting
with coaching level 5 gymnasts. She is USA gymnastics professional member, Safety Certfied, and completed USA
Gymnastics university Safe Sport Program course. Madelyn is UCSD student.
Competitive Team Principal Coach
Irina recently moved to California from Chicago, Il where she was working as a competitive team coach at North Shores rhythmic
gymnastics training center.
She is U.S Olympic National Team Coach - Prepared the U.S National Team for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Irina has many years of coaching experience, working with athletes of all ages, levels, and abilities.
She was Founder/Director of Kortel Academy of Gymnastics, that produced multiple gymnasts for the U.S national team.
Irina received USA Gymnastics Coach of the Year award for 5 consecutive years 2012-2017.
Irina is USA gymnastics professional member, Safety Certified, and completed USA Gymnastics university Safe Sport Program course.