A dancer, choreographer, and educator, Nicki is an MFA in Dance student at the University of Michigan. Alongside her choreographic exploration, she is researching mindfulness as a lens for a collaborative creative process. Nicki began her professional dance training at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she performed in works by Gerald Arpino, George Balanchine, Bronislava Nijinska. She received her BFA in Ballet Performance with a minor in Philosophy from The University of Oklahoma, training with Mary Margaret Holt, Clara Cravey, Steve Brule, and Ilya Kozadayev. As a dancer with Oklahoma Festival Ballet, she originated several principal roles and joined the company on two performance tours in Austria. Nicki returns to graduate school after dancing with Nashville Ballet II, where she was actively involved in the company’s community engagement program. While in Nashville, she continued to evolve her contemporary dance practice with artists of New Dialect and became an RYT-200 certified yoga instructor. Nicki’s choreography has been performed by dancers of Nashville Ballet, The University of Oklahoma and University of Michigan.