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Nicole L. Olson 
Dance/Physical Express/Reperatory/Middle School Dance
Nicole started her training in ballet and classical jazz at Milwaukee Ballet School. After graduating with a BFA in Dance from Univ. of WI- Stevens Point (with both a ballet and a modern dance emphasis), she continued performing for Kirby Reed (Chicago), Bauer Contemporary Ballet (Milwaukee), and Emergence Dance Theatre (Chicago). 
Nicole has performed in Arizona with the Phoenix Opera, Liliana Gomez, Candy Jimenez, Diane McNeal Hunt, Dulce Dance, and Center Dance Ensemble. Currently, she is the Assistant Director/Principal Dancer of Scorpius Dance Theatre, and performs nationally and internationally with the company. 

Ms. Olson has presented her choreography in such venues as the Kennedy Center (DC), TBA Festival/Ten Tiny Dances (Portland, OR) , MixMatch Festival (Los Angeles), Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival (Chicago), Dance in the Desert Festival (Las Vegas), Sling Dance Project (Austin), Breaking Ground Dance and Film Festival (Tempe), Tiny Works|Tiny Dances (Phoenix), Herberger Theater and Orpheum Theatre (Phoenix).  Nicole has choreographed for “Evita” (Phoenix Theatre), “Heathers” (Stray Cat Theatre), and “Hair” (Desert Stages Theatre).  She was awarded an Arizoni Award in Choreography for Nearly Naked Theatre’s production of “The Who’s Tommy” in 2006.

In the last few years, Nicole has been presenting more work in alternative performance spaces; creating and performing dance for Phoenix Art Museum and {9} The Gallery in Downtown Phoenix.  She has been invited to perform for Liliana Gomez in the “Focusing on Frida” Exhibit (Heard Museum), “Spanish Colonial First Friday Exhibit”(Phoenix Art Museum), “Rio Salado Project”(ASU Borderlands), and “Dia de los Muertos Celebration” (Desert Botanical Gardens). 

This past season, Nicole was awarded the 2016 Phoenix Mayor’s Arts Award for Dance (Cliff Keuter Award), and was selected as Phoenix New Times’ “Best Dancer, 2016” for their annual “Best Of Phoenix” and one of their “100 Creatives” for 2016/’17.

Nicole continues her choreography for children’s and professional venues throughout the Phoenix area. Along with her choreography and performance work, she is Director of Dance at the Metropolitan Arts Institute in Phoenix, and teaches intensives and workshops nationally. 
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