Nikolai Tarasov and Sarah Nolan, started their successful partnership in 2016.
Nikolai is originally from Murmansk, Russia, where he started his dancing career after falling in love with a class mate and wanting to dance with her. He enjoyed theatre and the arts growing up, and studied psychology in university before coming to America.
Sarah is originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, where she started dancing after being cast as Cinderella in the school play. She then moved to England where she spent almost 2 years living with her coach and training in London.
Nikolai and Sarah have both competed in 10 dance in the past, with Nikolai earning the title of 10 Dance USA Champion, and Sarah also earning NZ national titles. Prior to meeting each other, both Nikolai and Sarah have committed themselves to Latin. They met in Blackpool in 2015, and after having a long distance relationship for about 6 months, they moved in together and later in 2016 started to dance together. Currently, they reside and work in San Francisco and Los Angeles, with their puppy, Mia.
Some of their favorite results are: 3 times Amateur Latin Finalists and Blackpool Dance Festival Rising Star Vice Champions. Their other achievements include being finalist in all major competitions across the USA 2017, 2018, and 2019. This continues as they were also Semi Finalists in German Open Championships and Cervi Dance Festival.
Since turning pro in 2021, Nikolai and Sarah have achieved many high honors including:
- 2021 US Rising Stars National Champions
- 2021 International Championships Rising Star Vice-Champions
- 2021 International Championships Open Pro Latin Top 24
- 2022 UK Open Rising Star Vice-Champions
- 2022 UK Open Open Pro Latin Top 19
- 2022 US National Open Pro Latin Top 7
- 2023 US National Open Pro Latin Finalists
Nikolai and Sarah's goals for their partnership is to continue dominating the USA dance scene as well as competing overseas.