Zoya was born in Kiev, Ukraine. She was an artistic gymnast for 15 years. Competed for team Kiev in numerous national and international competitions. In 1994 received a title Master of Sport of Ukraine witch is the highest in sport on the national level. Competed for the National Team of Ukraine in the 21st World University Games in China. Then she coached gymnastics for 2 years, right before she joined Cirque du Soleil.