Nicola completed her degree in Dance with Visual Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1997. In the term after graduation she worked as a Lecturer in Dance Performance, delivering release-based technique classes to first year undergraduates. Alongside this, she performed with Mark Edward Dance Company, touring the North and South of England.
In 1998, Nicola decided to embark on a PGCE Dance course at the University of Brighton to understand each stage of learning and thus support and enhance the skills of the company. She developed a passion for instilling confidence in young people for the transition stages in their dance development and in doing so equipping them for their next stage of their dance journey.
She has gained a wide range of experience in managing, teaching, choreographing and assessing dance and performing arts across schools, Further and Higher education for the last 20 years. Alongside her teaching commitments, Nicola founded FuZe8 Dance Company in 2010 and over the years they have been fortunate to perform with various companies in Dorset and Hampshire and have received many awards for choreography and performance.
Nicola currently works for the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) as a visiting lecturer delivering release-based technique classes, mentoring students on teaching placement and as a consultant for the third year Dance Production unit.
Alongside this, she leads a range of classes at Pavilion Dance South West, including the Youth Strength and Conditioning class, Youth Contemporary Class, Co-Evo Adult Contemporary Company and Advanced Contemporary Technique.