Nikolai was born in Bilopillia, Ukraine. He received his dance education from Kiev State Ballet Academy under Dr. Valery Parsegov. He began his professional career with Odessa Theatre Opera and Ballet in Ukraine and from 1989-1996, Nikolai danced with the Kiev State Theatre of Classical Ballet as a soloist and then principal dancer. He toured Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, France, and several other countries. He is proficient in both classical and modern ballet.
In 1996, Nikolai was invited to the El Paso Ballet Company where he spent two seasons dancing solo and principal roles. In 1997, Nikolai joined Ballet Arizona where he originated featured roles in Julia Adam’s Before, Ib Andersen’s Coppélia (Dr. Coppélius), 2B, Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), and Mosaik. He has performed principal and soloist roles in many ballets including Giselle (Peasant Pas de Deux), The Leaves are Fading, The Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s Agon, Apollo, La Sonnambula, Theme and Variations, Serenade, Allegro Brilliante, and Prodigal Son.
After retiring from dancing Nikolai moved to Florida and served as ballet master, teacher, and choreographer at Mary Jo Performing Arts Academy in Tampa. In 2009 Nikolai joined The Dance P.A.D. faculty as ballet master teacher. He has continued to teach at several studios across central Florida. Nikolai currently teaches at Destination Dance and Ballet Academy of Central Florida. His summer guest teaching engagements include Ballet Arizona, Space Coast Ballet, Brigham Young University, and South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts.