Kristina Staykova

     An accomplished dancer, fashion designer, entrepreneur and a successful business lady, Kristina is the founder and sole owner of “The Ball New York Dance Studios” and “Boutique Staykova”, both located in the heart of Manhattan’s Fashion District.

     Home to World and US National Ballroom and Latin Champions, prominent coaches and internationally recognized artists, “The Ball New York” attracts the best in the industry and is a landmark in Manhattan’s dance landscape.

    “Boutique Staykova” is a recognized destination for haute couture evening wear, elaborate ballroom gowns, Latin costumes, unique headpieces and accessories.

    Kristina is co-founder of “Petite Ballroom” - a unique dance program, teaching children as young as 14 months to dance Ballet and Ballroom dance.

    Kristina began her dance career as a competitive Ballroom Dancer in her native Bulgaria.

     She reached the highest rank in the International Latin Amateur Division at the age of 15 and began representing her country at World and European Championships, as well as the Blackpool Dance Festival.

     Upon moving to Buenos Aires, Argentina, as a Fashion Design student, she was exposed to different dance forms, such as authentic Argentine Tango, Flamenco and Salsa.

     After transferring to the US as a Fashion Design Student, Kristina began her multifaceted dance training in Jazz, Ballet, Flamenco, Brazilian Dance, African Dance, Argentine Tango and Belly Dance.

     Kristina won the prestigious title of US Rising Star Latin American Champion in 2005, Blackpool Dance Festival Semi-Finalist in the International Rising Star Division, ELSA International Rising Star Finalist, and has represented the US in many international dance events.

     She has performed on stages such as the Royal Albert Hall, England; Cairo Opera House, Egypt; Alexandria Opera House, Egypt; Beijing Dance Academy, China; BBKing’s Times Square NYC, among others.

     Kristina believes Dance is a personal journey, reflecting one’s existence. Each life stage is an abundant source of inspiration and knowledge.  Kristina os continuously expanding her performing repertoire, creating new choreographies, developing new dance programs and discovering innovative teaching approaches. 

      Kristina continues to perform and work on bettering her craft. One of her signature traits is the often surprising, eclectic fusion of dance forms.

Mirela Prohaska

     Mirela began her dance training in Varna, Bulgaria at the age of twelve.  She spent many years competing and performing throughout Europe and Russia, as well as in Korea.  Her fiery and passionate personality won the hearts of many audiences.  In 2001, Mirela moved to the United Stated to further her dance career in International Latin dance, but she fell in love with American Rhythm instead! Among her many titles are U.S. National Rising Star American Rhythm Champion 2001 and U.S. National Mambo Champion in 2010.   

     Mirela is a dedicated and devoted teacher.  She enjoys working with dancers of any level, for newcomer to professional, helping each dancer achieve his or her individual goals. Mirela believes that learning to dance provides valuable benefits to many areas of ones like beyond dancing. Mirela's coaching style is infused with the same passion for dance and devotion to excellence.  She is committed to bringing out the best in all of her students. 

     Mirela is a certified USISTD dance teacher and a certified Zumba instructor.