Artistic Director, Nicole Dagesse

 

Nicole Dagesse is a Vermont native whose rural upbringing in the forests and fields is a direct inspiration for her movement style and choreographic desires.  Combining her training in Modern Dance, Contact Improvisation, and Aerial Dance, Nicole approaches each new site with inquisitive play and rigorous movement research.  Nicole earned her BFA in Dance and BS in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she was immersed in the creativity of the local dance scene.  Nicole cites Wire Monkey Dance as a major influence in her work.  It was while playing on the scaffolding that her 3-dimensional movement patterns began to develop, and her love of partnering work took flight.  After several years dancing in the Boston area, Nicole felt it was time to continue her dance education as an artist and teacher, and moved to Boulder, Co. to pursue an MFA in Site Dance and Somatic Practices.  The rugged terrain and the endless blue skies provided the perfect opportunity to hone her voice as a site artist.  The grounding and balancing study of the Alexander Technique was a necessary complement to her physically demanding work, and Nicole was increasingly interested in the parallels between body and earth.  Since earning her Masters of Fine Arts, Nicole has been teaching and choreographing in North Carolina, where she lives with her incredible husband and darling son.  Nicole is also a Yoga Teacher specializing in Vinyasa Flow and Pre/Postnatal Yoga.  Learn more about her yoga teaching at worldtreeyoga.org.


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