My teaching method varies depending on the level and age of my student(s). For a beginner/intermediate class, I will focus on the basics of movement and body alignment so the students can gain more of a sense of body awareness. This is of utmost importance in order to progress in an efficient way that is beneficial for the student(s). In an advanced/professional class, my teaching methods differ in that we still work on body awareness through body alignment, however, movement vocabulary will become increasingly more challenging while also putting this to the test through combinations and phrase work.
Julian Nichols is a native of Toronto, Ontario. With an interest for ballet and contemporary, Julian attended the regional arts program at Cawthra Park Secondary school for Dance. During this time, he was also a company member at the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre.
In 2017, Julian graduated Cum Laude with a B.F.A from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY in New York. He also studied abroad at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taipei, Taiwan, working with international artists. In his senior year, Julian performed a repertory solo, PacoPepePluto by Alejandro Cerrudo, which was selected for the conservatory's spring concert in 2017.
Julian has performed works by internationally recognized choreographers including Aszure Barton, Tom Weinberger, Jose Limón, Brian Brooks, Kyle Abraham, Darryl Tracy, Allen Kaeja, Rosalind Newman, Emily Molnar, Alexander Whitley, Carol Anderson, Fanny Ghoreyab, Hanna Kiel, Maxine Doyle, and Roy Assaf.
Julian has been a company member with Nimbus Dance Works, a guest artist with The Limón company, and has danced for Hanna Kiel's Human Body Expression. He has also trained at Springboard Danse Montreal, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Momentum Montreal, and the Movement Invention Project.
Julian's choreography was chosen for the American Dance Guild Festival in New York City. Figment of the Imagination was performed before hundreds of people at Alvin Ailey's Citigroup Theater. Since then, he has created work and taught at Gibney Dance Center in New York City, Conteur Dance Academy, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theater, Cawthra Park Secondary School, and the School of Nimbus.
Now residing in London, UK Julian is interested in making an impact on the performing arts community by providing opportunities for artists of all mediums while focusing on his choreographic journey.
PROFESSIONAL DANCE EXPERIENCE
Bodies in action ~ engendering contemporary dance, london, uk, 2021
a repertory dance company striving to engage those all across the gender spectrum due to the lack of trans, intersex, agender, and non-binary representation in the contemporary dance community
Workshops and performances dedicated to those who are not as represented in all age groups
Dance xchange residency, birmingham, uk, 2020
Two day residency in Birmingham, UK at the prestigious Dance Hub studios
AN Online series, Dancer, Virtual, artistic director: hanna kiel, 2020
A virtual collaboration between myself and Hanna Kiel via Webcam
Brave New World, dancer, london, uk - tv series, 2019
Choreography by Maxine Doyle
it is, dancer, london, uk - immersive dance show, 2019
Immersive dance show with architectural structures at Conway Hall in Central London
Chasing the Path, Toronto, canada, Artistic Director: Hanna Kiel, 2018
Fall for Dance North at Ryerson Theatre
15 minute excerpt of Chasing the Path
Limon Dance Company, Guest Artist, New York City, usa, Artistic Director: Colin Connor, 2018
Performing iconic work Missa Brevis with the company
Season at the Joyce Theater in New York City
Nimbus Dance Works, Company Member, Jersey City, usa, Artistic Director: Samuel Pott, 2017
Repertoire company performing works Samuel Pott, Pedro Ruiz, Charles Moulton, and more
Purchase Dance Company, Purchase, New York, usa, Artistic Director: Nelly Van Bommel, 2013-17
Performing repertoire by Azsure Barton, Tom Weinberger, Rosalind Newman, and Sarah Mettin
Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, New York, usa: Bachelor of Fine Arts Cum Laude, 2013-17
Concentration in dance performance focusing on ballet, modern, and improvisation
Emphasis on composition, choreography, and dance theory
Teachers: Bettijane Sills, Stephanie Tooman, Ted Kivitt, Kevin Wynn, Sue Bernhard, Manuel Vignoulle, Adam Barruch, Alexandra Wells, Shannon Gillen.
Performed Works By: Alejandro Cerrudo, Aszure Barton, Tom Weinberger, and Rosalind Newman.
Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Toronto, canada, 2011-13
Specialized in Ballet and Modern (Limón) techniques with paid performance experience
Exposure to Canadian and international dance artists
Teachers: Donna Krasnow, Jordana Deveau, Natasha Poon Woo, and Robert McCollum.
Performed Works By: Colin Connor, Alexander Whitley, Carol Anderson, Robert Glumbek, Santee Smith, Ofilio Sinbadinho, Daryl Tracy, and Kate Hilliard.
DANCE INTENSIVES & TRAINING
Springboard Danse Montreal, Montreal, Canada, June 2017, 2016 & 2015
Performed Works By: Maxine Doyle, Danièle Desnoyers, Belinda Mcguire, Roy Assaf, and Colleen Snell
Worked With: Ami Shulman, Bobbi Smith, and various ballet teachers from Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.
The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, usa, July 2015
Performed Works By: Emily Molnar, Kyle Abraham, and Brian Brooks.
Worked With: Milton Myers, and Pamela Pribisco.
Onyx Dance Center, London, UK 2019 -
Contemporary Class serving the dance community of London weekly
TripSpace dance, London, uk 2019
Julian Nichols Facilitates ProDance Training
One of the most recognized dance centres in London for professional contemporary dancers
Gibney Dance Center, New York City, USA 2017-2018
Contemporary Forms – teaching contemporary technique for professionals
Access8 – Paid teaching experience to the general dance community
One of the most recognized dance centers in the United States
School of Nimbus Dance Works, Jersey City, usa, 2017-2018
Teaching various age groups from kids of 6 years – 18 years of age
Ability to teach different styles such as Hip hop, Modern, and Jazz
Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Toronto, canada, 2016
Rehearsal directing; managing rehearsals with company members
Setting and running company repertoire in rehearsal and creative process
Teaching Company Class
Cawthra Park Secondary School, Mississauga, canada, 2016
Teaching modern class in various techniques (Limón, Graham, etc.)
Ability in moving class with clarity and personal feedback
Ability in working with live musicians
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