Nikolas Gaifullin – Apr. 2015 Judges’ Choice

Thank you so much for selecting my video.  I am very honored and grateful. I have been studying ballet seriously since I was 7 years old.  I began in our family's garage and my mom and dad (Stephanie Murrish and Daniil Gaifullin) have been my teachers my entire life.  I am now 19 years old. Right now I am also being taught by Ms. Pia Russo. My mom, dad and I are with the Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education. In addition to ballet, I also study Character dance and Contemporary, but Classical Ballet is my favorite.   I would like to acknowledge my mom and dad. They are amazing teachers and artists. They gave me everything that I have. I love and respect them very much.

I have participated in severtal competitions. I competed in YAGP from 2005-2012 and won many prizes, WBC silver medalist 2012 and Ma Cong choreographed my contemporary solo, "Angelo" which was incredible experience.

My advice for younger dancers is to keep working hard and never give up no matter what!  What inspires me to dance? All the great ballet artists that I watch and because this is what I love to do.  I thank God for all the blessings that He has given to me in my life. My future plan is to keep working hard everyday! Please visit my family website: