Nicky trained at the Arts Educational School, Tring Park and the London Contemporary Dance School. She performed professionally for 15 years with many leading international choreographers including Aletta Collins, Charles Linehan, Martin Lawrance and Jasmin Vardimon. Nicky performed at Sadlers Wells’ first ever Breakin’ Convention, and appeared in BBC2’s Dance for Camera film, The Lift. During her professional dance career she was described as ‘mesmeric and fascinating’ by the London Evening Standard, and ‘powerful and stately’ by The Times.
Nicky has taught at many of Britain’s leading dance institutions including The Royal Ballet School (White Lodge), Central School of Ballet and Elmhurst Ballet School. She led the Contemporary and Choreography courses at English National Ballet School between 2005 and 2009, with her students winning several international contemporary dance prizes under her tutelage, including The Prix de Lusanne & Beijing International Ballet Competition. The Dancing Times declared her a ‘superb teacher’.
In 2005 Nicky qualified as an osteopath at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine. After graduating Nicky accepted the job of Anatomy Lecturer at the London Contemporary Dance School, a post she held for seven years, and she continued to be their in house osteopath for a decade. As well as running a busy osteopathy practice Nicky is also regularly in demand by international dance and theatre companies; she was lead therapist on both series of the BBC’s So You Think You Can Dance and ITV’s Let’s Get Gold, and is Richard Alston Dance Company’s osteopath. In March 2016 Nicky had the honour of being invited to be part of a group of ‘Inspiring Women in Dance’ at Sadlers Wells theatre.
Aside from dance, Nicky has experience in martial arts, circus skills, climbing, running and gymnastics. She has a vested interest in optimal biomechanical functioning and myofascial release techniques (including myofascial dry needling) and always focuses on identifying the cause of pain opposed to simply treating symptoms. Nicky is also part of the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) team at the London Contemporary Dance School where she has been instrumental in devising screening protocols, training and treatment for elite level adolescent dancers.
Watch an interview with Nicky about hypermobility at Dance UK’s The Future: New Inspirations conference 2015, here.
Photographers: Pari Naderi & Belinda Lawley