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Nicole has been dancing for over 35 years. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University, where she studied on scholarship in Dance and Interpersonal Communications. Since 1997, she has taught at several dance studios in the South Bay area, and is most proud of the 22 years she spent training and teaching at Studio 10 Dance under the direction of Keith Banks. Nicole has also worked for the United Spirit Association (USA) since 1997, a renowned organization that specializes in dance camps, clinics, tours and competitions, where she has been an instructor & choreographer to teams throughout the Western United States. For 12 years, Nicole held the position of the USA’s Dance Program Director. She managed a staff of over 45 instructors who she trained to teach at over 50 dance training camps and intensives each summer. Nicole has spent decades serving as a judge at numerous dance competitions at both the State and National level throughout the United States & abroad in Japan, and was also responsible for training all of the USA Dance Program competition judges for over 12 years. Nicole has choreographed and assisted in the production of several NFL and collegiate halftime productions for the 49ers, the East West Shrine Game & the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii – where she choreographed the numbers for the featured dancers. She has traveled to Tokyo, Japan multiple times to be a master teacher at dance clinics, judge at USA Japan’s Dance Nationals, and also to direct and instruct dance camps to hundreds of students. Nicole has worked extensively for over 20 years as an independent master teacher, and choreographer for several nationally ranked competitive dance teams and soloists throughout California and the Western U.S. She has traveled to dance conventions in Los Angeles, Chicago, Oregon, Dallas & Houston to teach master classes and choreograph for hundreds of the top ranked dancers in the state. Nicole has been interviewed multiple times by Dance Spirit magazine for her expertise related to dance technique and leadership training for dance teams. She has taught jazz, lyrical, contemporary, musical theater and ballet technique for close to two decades, and is invested in drawing out passion, intention and artistry from all of her students. Nicole is so grateful to be dedicating her life to her husband Carl, her son Carson, her daughter Bennett, and to her entire Studio 10 Dance family.