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Teaching Philosophy

Since leaving and returning to the performing arts Nicholas has learned a few things...

It may sound cheesy but Nicholas really believes in dancing like each day is your last. Being an artist in 2023 is a precious and fragile gift that should not be taken for granted. They believe in taking risks, making bold choices, and being unafraid of making mistakes or being embarrassed. They believe in deconstructing the rigid gender binary of the ballet world and instilling in all of their students the understanding that they are unique, worthwhile, and beautiful. Nicholas believes wholeheartedly in process over product and taking the time to nurture and care for the person inside the artist. The dance studio needs to be a safe, inclusive, and most of all, fun, space for all people!

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Take a Dance Class!

Get cool boy! Join Nicholas on March 25th to learn two Jerome Robbins dance pieces from West Side Story! In this masterclass for BAM Talent's Broadway Bootcamp you will study the dance break sections from “Cool” and “America,” pieces Nicholas learned from Liza Gennaro (daughter of Peter Gennaro, Robbins’ co-choreographer on West Side Story) while studying ballet and theatre at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The Robbins choreographic style is unique in its foundations in ballet, latin, and jazz dance techniques and is foundational to the way we use dance in musical theatre today. Every motion of a Robbins ballet tells a story and, more often than not, dancers in a Jerry Robbins piece don’t feel like they are performing to the audience, but rather, are having fun with their friends onstage. So come have fun with us from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM on March 25th at Wealthy Theatre.

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During the school year Nicholas teaches Ballet Technique Classes to levels Four, Five, and Six of the Grand Rapids Ballet School as well as drop in Elective Classes for Adult Beginner and Intermediate students. Nicholas will be teaching Adult Ballet on March 21, 23, 27, 28, and 30!

In June and July of 2023 Nicholas will be returning to the Grand Rapids Ballet School Summer Intensive to teach Musical Theatre Dance, Ballet Technique, and Yoga!

*NEW* Schedule a private lesson with Nicholas in Ballet or Musical Theatre Dance Styles at Grand Rapids Ballet School. A private lesson can help you achieve your goals faster through targeted training that addresses your individualized needs! For details and to schedule please contact Nicholas.

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