Nazar Batih

Ballroom Professional

Nazar is originally from Lviv, Ukraine. He started dancing when he was five. He was the Juvenile Western Ukrainian Champion in Ballroom and Latin, and a youth and amateur finalist in competitions throughout Europe. In 2006 Nazar moved to New York City to teach and dance professionally. He taught at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, where he was trained and certified in American Smooth and Rhythm. Nazar was selected to perform during Vegas Week of So You Think You Can Dance, Season Five and was featured on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" Christmas Spectacular with Regis and Kelly.

Nazar and Mariko started dancing together in 2012. They are US National Professional Rising Star Finalists, International Championship Professional Rising Star Semi-Finalists, and UK Championships Professional Rising Star Semi-Finalists. They are also finalists of Professional Ballroom Championships across the United States, and two-time Eastern United States Dancesport Champions. They are also winners of the Eastern United States Showdance Championship, the Yankee Classic Showdance Championship, and the Windy City Showdance Championship. Mariko and Nazar are Licentiate members of the International Society of Teachers of Dancing.

With their students Nazar and Mariko have won the following titles:

  • World Professional Showdance Vice-Champion
  • World Pro-Am Senior Standard Champion
  • United States National Senior Standard Champion
  • United States National Gentlemen’s Silver B Standard Champion