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Professional Experience: Soviet Union

1987 to 1991
SOVIET NATIONAL TEAM -
WOMEN’S ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
By appointment of the Soviet Central Sport Committee
Krugloye
Uzera (Circle Lake) Olympic Training Complex near Moscow. Full-time staff Choreographer/Coach under Head Coach Anatoly Kozeev.

Trained Junior National Team gymnasts (ages 12 to 14) and Reserve National Team gymnasts (ages 9 to 11).  Optional/compulsory floor and beam routines and general choreography/dance, strength and flexibility training pertaining to all women’s events.  Developed and implemented proprietary warm-up exercise used by Reserve and Junior teams.  Former gymnasts
trained include Svetlana Boguinskaia, Tatiana Gutsu, Tatiana Lyseenko, Natasha Kalinina, Dina Kochetkova, Ludmila Stobvtchataia, Oksana Fabrichnova and many others. 

Composed the Soviet Senior-Grade-One compulsory floor and beam routines.  Soviet Senior-Grade-One is comparable to USAG Level 9.  Routines were performed by all Senior-Grade-One gymnasts throughout the USSR during the period 1988 to 1992.

Conducted choreography seminars on behalf of the Soviet Central Sport Committee.  Seminars were attended by coaching professionals and gymnasts from around the world.  Several examples are:

   -  Visiting British Gymnastic Team - August 1990
   -  Visiting Soviet Republic Coaches - 1986 through 1989
   -  Visiting American Coaches/Gymnasts - June 1987
   -  Russian National Team Coaches - January 1987

1978 to 1987
RUSSIAN REPUBLIC SPORT COLLEGE near MOSCOW
Full-time Faculty Member providing instruction in the following subject areas
:
Choreography for Artistic Gymnastics—Men and Women, Theory and Methods of Artistic Gymnastic Coaching, Rhythmic Gymnastic Theory and Practice, Aerobic Theory and Methods, and various related courses. 
Students were preparing for their own careers as professional coaches and choreographers.   The Russian Republic Sport College requires that each student compete as an athlete at Senior-Grade-One or above prior to admission to the college.

PROFSOYUZE OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER, MOSCOW
(Trade Union Olympic Center) under Head Coach Ludmila Romanova
 
Volunteered free time during tenure at the Russian Republic Sport College.   Served as Choreographer for optional and compulsory floor routines.  Composed optional floor routines, provided choreography/dance training and strength/flexibility training related to all events.  Profsoyuze was one of several Soviet national gymnastic associations.  Each association maintained its own training facilities throughout the USSR and sponsored local and regional inter-association competitions culminating in a USSR National Championship.  The top national competitors joined the Soviet National Team. 
During the period 1978 to 1982, approximately 70% of Profsoyuze gymnasts with whom Natasha worked were accepted by the Soviet National Team.

Professional Experience: United States

1992 to Present
FREE-LANCE TRAVELING CHOREOGRAPHER / COACH /
CLINICIAN / CONSULTANT

Composes top-quality professional optional beam and floor routines with custom musical accompaniment.  Provides clinical instruction for female and male gymnasts in all aspects of gymnastics related to Choreography and dance for floor and beam. Provides T.O.P.S. Elite compulsory training prep and refinement of compulsory skills and routines. Designs specialized strength and flexibility training for female and male optional team gymnasts. Attends various state USAG Congresses as a speaker/clinician.

1995 to 1998
USAG Judge for LEVELS 5, 6, 7
Approved by JCI for the Level-10 judging test based on  international credentials (but no time to pursue this)

1992 to 1994
FAIRLAND ATHLETIC COMPLEX, LAUREL, MD
Team Choreographer/Coach for Women’s Artistic Gymnastics—all competitive levels. Composition of optional floor  and beam routines. Choreography and dance instruction.   Compulsory floor and beam skills refinement. Implementation of proprietary warm-up routine promoting all-around flexibility.  Specialized strength and flexibility training.

Educational Background: Soviet Union

1982 to 1986
RUSSIAN REPUBLIC SPORT COLLEGE near MOSCOW
Doctoral Dissertation,"A Choreographic System Specifically for Artistic Gymnastics."   Dissertation is incomplete at this time— interrupted by appointment to Soviet National Team in 1987, and subsequent emigration to the United States in 1991.

1981 to 1987
Publication during this period consists of a number of articles on Choreography for Artistic Gymnastics
written for Soviet gymnastic magazines and included in college-level text books and instructional materials.

1978 to Present
SOVIET-CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR OR EXERCISE THERAPY
Comparable to Instructor of Physical Therapy here in the United States

1974 to 1978
CENTRAL GOVERNMENT HIGHER INSTITUTE OF PHYSICAL CULTURE AND SPORT, MOSCOW
Graduated with honors receiving the Soviet "Red Diploma" indicating a 5.0 Grade Point Average (equivalent to a 4.0 Straight-A GPA here in the U.S.)  The Institute is recognized as one of the foremost colleges in the world for sports studies, and is attended by students from all nations.

Competitive Experience: Soviet Union

1972 to 1974
Member of the Russian Junior National Team—Rhythmic Gymnastics

1972 to Present
USSR Master-of-Sport Gymnast—Rhythmic Gymnastics
The Soviet Master-of-Sport level is equivalent to USAG Elite
(Soviet Master-of-Sport athletes retain that standing for life)

1964 to 1978
Competitive Gymnast—Rhythmic Gymnastics
Dedicated, spirited, hard-working gymnast from the age of eight to age twenty-two

FOR THE RECORD:  Natasha has U.S. Department of Justice certified translations of all her Soviet documents, which substantiate her credentials as outlined in her resume above.
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