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Nicole Dagasse (she/her)
January 10 Afternoon Instructor and Showcase Artist
Nicole is a mover, a mother, a maker and a teacher fascinated by three-dimensionality. Nicole earned a BFA in Dance and a BS in Environmental Science from UMASS Amherst, during which time she was a dancer with Wire Monkey Dance in Holyoke, Ma. Wire Monkey, a contemporary dance company that performed on scaffolding, was Nicole’s first real discovery of the joy’s, adrenaline, and delight to swinging, flipping, hanging, and contact improvisation. As Nicole traveled, she sought out similar movement styles, dancing with Bennett Dance Company of Boston, a company that collaborated with visual artists who created rich and exciting sets and props for choreography. When Nicole entered graduate school in Boulder, Colorado, she joined Frequent Flyers, an Aerial Dance Company, and learned Aerial Fabric and Dance Trapeze techniques, learning to teach aerial dance through the lens of dance and somatics. Nicole’s MFA focused on Site Dance and Somatic practices, and her immersive dance style began to further merge the circus and contemporary dance worlds. While living in North Carolina, Nicole was the Director of Dance at Longleaf School of the Arts in Raleigh. In North Carolina, Nicole further honed her artistic voice and began Murmurations Dance, a site dance company. Now back in Vermont, Nicole lives with her incredible family in Jericho, where the skills of improvisation and balance come into play on a daily basis! Nicole continues to choreograph, direct, and perform as a dancer and looks forward to continuing to dive into the rich history of place and body in Vermont. Nicole is the Artistic Director of Murmurations Aerial, where she approaches teaching aerial dance with a fascination for the possibilities of movement, a respect for each individual’s body and dance goals, and a desire to combine contemporary dance and circus arts.
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