Nika Kljun, a passionate and world-renowned choreographer, dancer and influencer was born and raised in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her parents Janja Pušl and Zoran Kljun, who were ballroom dancers, own the well established dance school, Bolero Dance Center.
The apple did not fall far from the tree. Just like her parents, Nika was destined to be a leader and a big name influencer in her country. Nika, who is now the Slovenian Ambassador of Dance, gained global respect and paved the way for many dancers to come when she was the first to demonstrate that it is possible for a dancer from a small country, such as Slovenia, to achieve international success.
A strong, powerful, and successful woman in the entertainment business, Nika has been the recipient of many awards and accolades from Slovenian press and media, and has graced the front covers of many magazines, such as Cosmopolitan Magazine. In 2010, she was named Femme Fatale Woman of the Year.
Creating her versatility early on in her career, Nika trained in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, street jazz, ballroom, and in Latin-American dance styles. She competed with much success, and became a more than 30-time national champion, a European champion, and at age 17, her performance in a hip hop solo made her a World Champion under the IDO organization. As she represented Slovenia, she brought a multitude of international awards to her home country as a dancer, and choreographer. Nika trained countless Slovenian dancers belonging to her own studio—Bolero Dance Studio—leading them to receive many awards with her choreography and under her direction. Under the IDO organization, they became National, European and World champions in multiple categories, as they were led by Nika.
At the young age of 15, Nika joined the internationally known dance company, Dance 2XS (UK). Alongside her team, she performed in several shows in Europe and America. Nika became a main coach for Bolero at age 17, and received high-honor awards from the Slovenian Dance Sport Federation and the National Olympic Committee of Slovenia.
In 2010, Nika was selected to represent Slovenian culture and dance, as she was the star of “Illusions”, a performance and dance workshop, which took place at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. During the show, Nika had the opportunity to share personal experiences as a Slovenian with American audience members, and to teach some dance moves during the workshop portion. The event was shared in the press by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia. Nika was also featured in the musical, “Dance Me”, the NRJ Music Awards, the Dome festival, the North American Dance Festival, and performed for the EU Health Ministry Congress. Additionally, Nika continued to build her resume as she was seen in many TV shows and commercials and began teaching internationally.
At age 20, Nika was selected to become a Nike woman—a global spokesperson for the brand and was the face of multiple international advertisements and campaigns. As it became increasingly clear that she was set to be the best of the best, Nika decided to relocate to Los Angeles to further pursue dance. Upon her arrival, her career skyrocketed.
Nika has worked as a dancer on major projects with Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Jason DeRulo, One Direction, Fifth Harmony, Kehlani and Zedd, Cher Lloyd, Donna Summer, Matt Pokora, Chopstick Brothers and more. Nika has also been featured in several high profile award shows, such as the MTV Video Music Awards (Britney Spears Tribute), the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music Awards, and the Latin Grammy Awards, and the Young Hollywood Awards. She performed live on the primetime television shows: America’s Got Talent, The Voice, The X-Factor (USA, UK, and France), and on the Today Show. Nika also toured with Move Live on Tour (featuring Derek and Julianne Hough), on which she served as “Dance Captain”, and with and the Macy’s Glamorama Fashion Tour.
Nika’s resume as a choreographer is also extensive and impressive. Recently, Nika choreographed for Paula Abdul's “Forever Your Girl” Las Vegas Residency. Notably, she worked in collaboration with Abdul to create the pop star’s iconic comeback performance on the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. She also choreographed and co-creative directed (along with Abdul) her hour-long LA Pride 2019 performance, and acted as creative director for Abdul’s performance at the NFL 100th Anniversary (Private) Party in Las Vegas (2019). Nika also choreographed for Abdul’s 2019 New Years Eve performance in Times Square, which took place during Dick Clark’s annual New Years Rockin' Eve celebration, and aired live on ABC. She continues to work closely with the star on several upcoming ground breaking projects.
In 2018, Nika became a choreographer for Britney Spears, for her (now postponed) Las Vegas Residency, “Domination”, and brought her unique flavor to many of Spears’ fan-favorite, classic records. Nika’s work was also featured in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Closing Ceremony, (featuring superstars Will Smith and Nicky Jam). Earlier that year, Nika choreographed a number for the Ellen Show, which featured Sean Hayes—star of one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, Will and Grace.
Also in 2018, she choreographed for Mickey Mouse’s 90th Birthday Spectacular which aired on ABC. Nika’s work was also featured in the 2017 Latin Grammys (choreographer for J Balvin feat. French Montana & Steve Aoki, Nicky Jam, Natalia Lafourcade, Juanes feat. Alessia Cara & Logic, Lila Downs). A year earlier, in 2016, Nika created several eye catching moments for the singing competition series, “La Banda” (Univision TV), which was created by Ricky Martin and Simon Cowell. Her choreography can also be seen on America’s Got Talent and on So You Think You Can Dance (Ukraine, Portugal). Nika also choreographed for “Dancing with the Stars” star, Cheryl Burke’s “Love On the Floor” tour, working with some notable cast members—such as Olympic figure skating champions, Kristi Yamaguchi, Charlie White and Meryl Davis.
In 2019, Nika served as a mastermind behind one of Disney’s best dance experiences yet— DescenDANCE—the Halloween Dance Party at Disneyland California Adventure Park, inspired by the successful movie franchise, “The Descendants”. During the 2019 holiday season, Nika was enlisted by Jolin Cai, when she choreographed several show-stopping numbers for the C-Pop star’s international tour, titled "Ugly Beauty”.
Despite her industry success, Nika continues to teach dance internationally. She has taught in over 35 countries around the world. Nika frequently sells out classes in Los Angeles, and has been teaching at the world-famous Millennium Dance Complex for almost ten years. Her work can be seen on her YouTube channel, "Nika Kljun”, which has gained over half a million subscribers and features viral videos of her choreography.
Currently, Nika is on faculty with the prestigious Dance Convention, “Jump!”, which is the largest dance convention in the world, and stops in 26 US cities and 4 international cities each season. She has also been on faculty as a choreographer for Monsters of Hip Hop Dance Convention and for Hollywood Dance Jamz Convention. In 2018, Nika launched “Viva La Nika”— her own Jazz Funk intensive under DancerPalooza. The successful specialized intensive receives rave reviews.
Nika’s resume as a dancer, choreographer, and instructor is impressive, but she is equally known for her enthusiasm and passion for dance. Grateful to be in a position to inspire and influence on global level, she absolutely adores sharing her love for dance with hundreds of thousands of students, as she aims to bring them joy, knowledge, and confidence through the art form. Touching the hearts of people of all ages, Nika finds fulfillment in special moments shared with her students. Her uplifting spirit and genuine love for dance are simply irresistibly contagious.