PhD ABD, Dip. NBS-TTP, CSC-CICB, ADAPT
Nicole has been involved in the dance community for more then thirty years. She trained in ballet, jazz, and tap at dance schools in Toronto before her acceptance into the professional training program at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She then went on to complete the joint teachers training program with the National Ballet School of Canada and York University. During this time she took classes in ballet, modern, national folk dance, pedagogy, and repertoire. She currently holds the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma (part A) and her Associate Diploma with the Cecchetti Society of Canada, as well as her jazz and tap certification with the Associate Dance Arts for Professional Teachers.
Upon graduation from NBS and York, Nicole taught at schools throughout the Greater Toronto Area as well as summer classes with the American Academy of Ballet. Her students have received top marks in their ballet exams and have gained high honors at dance competitions. She has had students go on to train with the National Ballet School, Quinte Ballet School, and the School of Alberta Ballet; as well as acceptance into post secondary dance programs at York and Ryerson Universities.
When Nicole is not writing, teaching, or running after her young son, she tries to make it into the studio and dance herself. She is currently enjoying a renewed relationship with tap and has loved working with Kim Chalovich and the other talented teachers at the Tap Dance Centre; serving as a reminder that dance is a life long endeavor and one should never stop learning. Nicole encourages her dancers to remember that training for dance exams and competitions is a process that takes hard work, focus, and dedication. That success shouldn’t be measured by winning alone, but through the development of skills that create motivated and successful young adults.