Nina is an accredited teacher with qualifications from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) and is currently a teacher of Modern Jive, Blues, Expressive dance, Lindy Hop, and associated dance styles based in London. She has taught and performed professionally since she was 17 years old. She began with Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary – teaching and performing for 10 years – before developing connections with Jive and Lindy Hop. She also has extensive experience teaching in schools working with the likes of Chelsea Ballet Schools, and Queen’s College, where she ran the Dance Department for 8 years.
Nina’s reputation on the social dance scene began when she and her dance partner won a double first in the 1998 UK Champs; breaking the mould with the Cats choreographed routine and breathing new life into the freestyle category.
Nina continued to innovate in a number of ways. She and her partner brought Blues to the MJ scene and she ran the annual Swingin’ The Blues event in London for over 10 years. She and her partner were instrumental in establishing ‘musicality’ as a necessary ‘tool’ for the modern jiver, along with providing ground-breaking workshops that broadened the scope of MJ.
Along the way, Nina has danced in numerous TV shows, including BBC’s ‘Dancing Cheek to Cheek’ with Len Goodman, The Paul O’Grady Show and Blue Peter. She has performed in the West End and in front of royalty, run the successful Beach Boogie dance camp for 13 years, performed with various Swing Bands, done competitive coaching, competition judging and generally bopped a lot!