About Our Team
Gustavo Krystal Dance is Milwaukee's Premier Latin Dance Studio, but did you know that's not all they offer? Gustavo Krystal Dance focuses on one on one classes with individuals in a variety of styles in dance including but not limited to many Latin dances including salsa, bachata, chacha, ballroom dance, ballet, tap, jazz, hustle, and many more.
Gustavo Krystal dance has been awarded countless award including the title of TOP STUDIO AND TOP INSTRUCTOR at the world's largest Latin dance competitions.
Gustavo Krystal Dance was founded in 2014 by its owners Gustavo and Krystal Nicola. Having danced professionally for many years, Gustavo and Krystal moved to the United to states with their dream of passing on their many years and experience in performance and their intense dance training.
Our mission at Gustavo Krystal Dance studio is to provide the highest level of artistic education and to inspire our students in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. We offer private lessons, group lessons, performance opportunities, competition opportunities, first wedding dances, choreographies, special event entertainment and so much more!
Gustavo Krystal Dance are also the hosts of Baila Milwaukee, an annual dance event that has become one of Milwaukee's hottest events, bringing some of the World's greatest dancers to Milwaukee.
Meet the Instructors
Gustavo's passion is in Latin Dance. He started his dance education with a group called Grupo del Sur. Gustavo's dedication to the art form had him dancing in a professional dance group after only 2 years. During his time dancing in Argentina, Gustavo performed for numerous nationally recognized artists. It wasn't long before Gustavo decided to open his own dance studio in Argentina. His studio was an immediate success and the talk of the town for 2 years. Gustavo was then presented with the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas and compete in the World Salsa Championship which aired on ESPN. Gustavo wanted to continue his experience in dance around the world and traveled to Mexico where he was offered work as a professional dancer and choreographer for 7 years. In 2014 Gustavo opened the doors to Milwaukee’s premier Latin dance studio, Gustavo Krystal Dance.
Krystal´s desire to dance started at the young age of two. Growing up as a young dancer in the United states she studied tap, ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, afro and ballroom. She competed in countless competitions and studied from well-known choreographers such as Mia Michaels and Dee Caspery. In college she studied musical theater to improving her understanding of music and theatre as a whole. In 2006 she moved to Mexico where she began her professional career as a dancer and choreographer. She spent most of her time in Mexico working for the internationally recognized company Nuevo Milenio Balet where she furthered her education in Latin dance. Her countless hours on stage helped Krystal polish her stage presence and better her technique. In January 2013, Krystal moved to the United States to pursue her lifetime dream of owning and running her own dance studio. With over 30 years of dance experience, Krystal enjoys sharing her experiences and techniques with her students.
Debrasha’s love for the performing arts was cultivated throughout her involvement in Milwaukee area Dance and Theatre Arts programs including Art In Motion, City Ballet Theatre, Modjeska Youth Theatre, Lincoln Center of the Arts, Milwaukee High School of the Arts and Brown Deer High School. Seeking to continue her growth as a performer, Debrasha participated in the Intensive Study Program with Danceworks, Inc. in 2012. This opportunity led to performance and teaching experiences with Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap, the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF), public and private school residencies, and various local performance venues. Dedicated to expanding her artistic repertoire, Debrasha has studied dance in studios from Latin America to Germany. Her abundance of dance experiences and commitment to the arts led her to further express her talents through arts administration. Debrasha joined choreography teams with Gustavo Krystal Dance Studio in March 2019 and is thrilled by the plethora of performance and teaching opportunities that continue to arise.