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Teaching Philosophy

Since leaving and returning to the performing arts I've learned a few things...

It may sound cheesy but I really believe in dancing like each day is your last. Being an artist in 2022 is a precious and fragile gift that should not be taken for granted. I believe in taking risks, making bold choices, and being unafraid of making mistakes or being embarrassed. I believe in deconstructing the rigid gender binary of the ballet world and instilling in all of my students the understanding that they are unique, worthwhile, and beautiful. I believe wholeheartedly in process over product and taking the time to nurture and care for the person inside the artist.


Take Class With Me!

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 classes on November 28th, and 29th and December 5th, 12th, and 13th! Your first drop-in class is free!

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For six weeks in January and February of 2023 Nicholas will be teaching two classes at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre's School of Theatre Arts. The first being Intermediate Musical Theatre Dance on Sundays from 5:00-6:00 PM. This class is for grades 6-12 and students can expect to learn basic terms of musical theatre dance styles such as Three-Step-Turn, Bell Kick, and Grapevine. The second is a new offering entitled Ballet for Musical Theatre Performers being offered to grades 6-12 on Sundays from 3:00-4:30 PM. In this beginner class students will learn the fundamentals of dance technique including turn out, pointing of the feet, and spotting in turns.

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In anticipation of their co-direction and choreography for Pippin, Nicholas has been asked to lead a FOSSE Dance Masterclass Workshop at Circle Theatre. This class will be held in the Aquinas College blackbox on Saturday, February 11th from 1:00 - 4:00 PM. Stay tuned for further details!

On February 12th, 2023 Nicholas is hosting an audition for the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory's 2023 Summer Intensive. Class will be held from 1:00-4:00 PM at the Grand Rapids Ballet. More information to come...

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