Biography - Biographie

The School of Dance, Dusk Dances Ottawa

Nicola is a professional contemporary dancer and choreographer currently residing in Ottawa where she continues training, performing and teaching. As a graduate of the Contemporary Dance Programme at The School of Dance, Nicola had the pleasure of working with many prestigious Canadian choreographers including Yvonne Coutts, Sylvie Desrosiers, Sasha Ivanochko, Emmanuel Jouthe, Heidi Strauss and Sarah Williams.

Since 2008 Nicola has performed works by choreographers Cathy Kyle Fenton, Caroline Barrière and had the pleasure of dancing in Firebird at the Brott Music Festival in Hamilton and performing with the NAC Orchestra. She is also passionate about creating her own work; Nicola is a guest choreographer at The School of Dance and Canterbury High School and recently performed a self-choreographed solo in collaboration with her brothers, an actor and a musician. For three summers, she spent her time Dancing in the Street, a community outreach programme of improvisational dance. In late 2012, she was honoured to be mentored by renowned choreographer, Peter Boneham, in the Dances By Youth For Youth project. Nicola is Co-Artistic Director of Dusk Dances Ottawa, an annual summer dance festival in Strathcona Park and Assistant to the Artistic Director of The School of Dance.

When it comes to teaching, Nicola strives to share as much information as she can to students of all ages and levels. The love of movement, a thirst to learn and an openness to explore are essential elements in her classes and workshops.