Daniil Nikulin & Maria Filippova

Daniil and Maria are one of the most famous Russian couples in Swing Dance world.
Professional dancers, performers, teachers and choreographers known for their creativity and
certain view of dance.
Both of them have started their dance path in 2009, Maria in the hometown of her – Yaroslavl and
Daniil in Moscow. Starting with Boogie Woogie, later in 2013 they focused on Lindy Hop, which
turned out to be much more interesting for them.
Nowadays Daniil and Maria are well known in swing dance community, teaching and performing all
around Europe and some times Asia.
For their style they have a plenty of inspiration from all different old and modern dance and
choreography philosophies.
«The main idea of our dancing is expressing personal feeling and understanding of the music
through the dance. So to be able to express ourself more or less fully, we definitely need to have a
very flexible and strongly built up instrument – couple dance technique. So we are much into
technique and theory, but though it`s not the main goal itself. Our personal goal is the freedom of
self-expression through the contact in the couple. Five words to describe what we are going for:
Awareness, knowledge, technique, musicality, humanity.»
Maria & Daniil, 2018
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Some of competition placements:
Russian Boogie Woogie and Lindy Hop Champions;
Winners of Showcase competition in Lindy Shock 2016 & 2017;
Winners of Green Dragon and Strictly Lindy Hop competition in Dragon Swing 2016;
Finalists and Winners of the most competitions in Russia 2012-2017;
Winners of Strictly Competition in Swinglandia 2017;
Finalists of Invitational Jack`n`Jill in Lindy Shock 2017 (1&3 place)
«Queen and King of the Hill» Lindy Hop competition in Herrang DC 2017