Nicole was born and raised in Buffalo, New York where she started dancing at the age of 2 at Eugenia’s Dance Studio. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, and Polish Heritage dancing. At the age of 18, Nicole started school at the University of Rochester where she studied Physics and Dance. At Rochester, she trained in contemporary with mentor Missy Pfohl Smith—artistic director of BIODANCE and director of Program of Dance and Movement at the University of Rochester. After graduating college, Nicole moved to the Boston area where she quickly found herself immersed in the rich and vibrant Boston dance community. In October 2015 Nicole and her dance partner, Lisa Giancola, founded their own company; Evolve Dynamicz. Since it’s founding, the company has performed at events across the Boston metropolitan area as well as in New York City. Nicole has taught at various workshops and classes in the area for both adults and primary school aged children. Her classes focus on strength training for dancers as well as various improvisation techniques as a tool for building confidence and agency in movement. Her most recent project explores how dance can be used as an educational tool when learning abstract mathematical concepts at the collegiate level. Nicole is currently pursuing a Master's of Architecture at Northeastern University where she is additionally involved in the research of notational systems used in choreography; specifically looking at the works of Merce Cunningham and William Forsythe. She also manages, dances, and choreographs for Evolve and has dreams of one day becoming an architect— merging her passions for the arts and sciences.
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