Dance Past Faculty

Nicole Wolcott

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Nicole Wolcott is a choreographer, teacher and performance artist based in Brooklyn. Called “One of today’s finest dance comedians and a knockout dancer,” by the New York Times, Nicole has enjoyed a long performance dance companies, rock bands and video artists around the country and been the subject of a feature article in DANCE TEACHER. In 2003 Nicole co-founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY with her friend Larry Keigwin and was the Associate Artistic Director and a featured dancer for ten years. Nicole continues to enjoy assisting Larry on a variety of projects outside of the company’s framework. Most recently being the Associate Choreographer on the Broadway musical production of If/Then starring Idina Menzel, which opened at the Richard Rogers Theater in New York City on March 30th, 2014. She and Keigwin also maintain a collaborative relationship on their passion project creating large-scale idiosyncratic community performances set to Ravel’s Bolero for communities all over the country including New York City, Chicago, Santa Barbara, and Bolero Suburbia for White Plains. Next year they will create a Bolero on film and poolside for senior citizens in Sarasota, Florida.

Wolcott’s own choreography has been performed in New York City at a range of venues from The Joyce Theater to CBGB’s and around the country at Summerdance Santa Barbara, Bates Dance Festival, Provincetown Dance Festival, and the Kennedy Center. Most recently she finished an evening length solo for herself titled PaperPieces. Quinn Baston of says, “Nicole Wolcott's PaperPieces is/are all over the place literally and emotionally, but that is somehow perfect.” She will perform it again at FLICfest in Brooklyn, January 2015.

In addition to dancing with KEIGWIN + COMPANY, other highlights of her career include performing at the Metropolitan Opera House under the direction of Julie Taymor, working with site-specific choreographer Noemie Lafrance; being a featured dancer in Doug Elkin’s original “Fraulein Maria;” appearing in music videos and concerts with FischerSpooner; and being a featured dancer and core member of the creative team in Across the Universe, an Oscar-nominated film by director Julie Taymor.

Wolcott is a passionate teacher. It is her manifesto to share what she earnestly calls the “JOD” (the joy of dance) with as many people as possible. Currently, she directs the KEIGWIN + COMPANY Summer and Winter Intensives at The Juilliard School, is a regular guest teacher at Gibney 280 and Peridance center in New York City and is teaching at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University as well as Hofstra University in Long Island. She has been a guest lecturer at Hunter College, Muhlenberg and Desales University. She loves traveling the country as a guest artist teaching technique and creative movement to all demographics.