Nikki grew up with a passion for early Jazz and Swing music; learning to dance was a natural progression. A 1st place win at the 2004 National Jitterbug Championships jump started her competition, performance and teaching career. Her style focuses on the things she loves the most about Lindy Hop: connection, rhythm, musicality, and lines. Nikki is a strong believer in dancing for the right reasons. Dance for yourself and no one else. She feels that we should look to others for inspiration and guidance, but form our own ideas about the dance. Her accolades include placement and winnings from: The National Jitterbug Championships, The International Lindy Hop Championships, The US Open, Rhythmic Arts Festival, Camp Jitterbug, and more. Nikki was a featured performer on Dancing with the Stars as well as many other tv and movie productions as both a dancer and choreographer. She also appears in a long list of music videos including the “Happy” video by Farrell Williams, Katy Perry’s “Thinking of You”, Capital Cities “Safe and Sound”, Redfoo’s “Lights Out” and more. Today, Nikki owns ATOMIC Ballroom in Orange County, Ca, produces Inspiration Weekend, is the director/producer of the Atomic Cherry Bombs and has recently begun traveling the world as a Burlesque performer.