Ms. Zika, from Munich, Germany, grew up in the Washington, DC area. She is a graduate of the Akhmedova Ballet Academy where she trained under the tutelage of Mme. Jacqueline Akhmedova. She also studied at The Washington Ballet. Ms. Zika attended summer intensives at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Open World Dance Foundation and Hungarian Dance Academy. She was a finalist in the Youth American Grand Prix. Ms. Zika had the privilege of training with Mrs. Irina Kolpakova and guesting with the Mariinsky Ballet at the Kennedy Center. This is Ms. Zika’s first season with MBT.