CATHY NICOLI

 

Cathy Nicoli

PO Box 42
Leeds Massachusetts 01053
413-586-1991 miss_billybean@yahoo.com

 

Summary

 

Highly accomplished artist / educator with over 10 years experience in:

 

·        Academic and master teaching of dance technique, elementary-university levels

·        Academic and master teaching of creative theory, elementary-university levels

·        Choreographic work for professional and academic dance and theater organizations

·        Construction of knowledge that emphasizes multiple intelligence and experiential learning

·        Project and Organizational Management

·        Dance Production and Performance

 

Particularly strong interpersonal and motivational skills.  Demonstrated ability in structuring collaborative and creative atmospheres for populations that share many differences.

 

Education

 

2004               MFA in Dance, Smith College, Northampton, MA

Teaching Fellow

 

1994               BA (Cum Laude) in Dance / Performance Studies, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI

 

 

AWARDS

 

2003 – 04      Gretchen Moren Scholarship, Smith College

 

2002 – 04      Antonio Cirino Memorial Art Education Fellowship, Rhode Island Foundation                

 

2001               Choreography Fellowship, Rhode Island State Council for the Arts

 

2000               Choreography Merit Award, Rhode Island State Council for the Arts

 

2000               Panelist, Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, Grant Juror

 

1999               Artistic Merit Scholarship, Bates Dance Festival

                                                   

1994               Outstanding Achievement in Performance and Choreography,

                        Roger Williams University

 

1994               American College Dance Festival National Gala, solo choreography chosen to represent the finest of college dance, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

 

1994               Who’s Who in America’s Colleges and Universities, member

 

1994                       Alpha Chi Honor Society, member

 

 

 
University Teaching

 (Courses for credit, Fall or Spring indicates a full semester)

 

Spring 2004  Smith College, Northampton, MA:  Modern I

 

Spring 2004  Hampshire College, Hadley, MA:  Modern IV

 

Fall 2003       Smith College, Northampton, MA:  Contact Improvisation

 

Spring 2003  Smith College, Northampton, MA:  Afro-Caribbean Dance and Dunham Technique (Teacher’s Assistant), Modern II

 

Fall 2002       Smith College, Northampton, MA:  Modern I

 

Fall 2000       Brown University, Providence, RI:  Intermediate / Advanced Modern

 

 

Guest Artist  / Free-Lance Teaching

 

July 2003-04  Bearnstow Family Day Camp, Mount Vernon, ME, Arts and Nature Educational Retreat, two-week residency

 

June 2004     Rhode Island Service Alliance, Providence, RI

                      Choreographic Reflections of Community Practice:

                      Bringing Personal Experience Into Movement, workshop

 

Feb. 2004      American College Dance Festival, Northampton, MA

                       Contact Improvisation, master class

 

2000 – 01       Groundwerx Dance Theatre, Providence, RI

                      Dance and Drumming workshops for Adults and Children, workshops

 

2000 – 01      Groundwerx Dance Theatre, Providence, R

                      Children’s Creative Movement, weekly classes     

 

1998 – 01      Groundwerx Dance Theatre, Providence, RI

                     Open Company Class, bi-weekly classes

 

Spring 2000  Moses Brown School, Providence, RI

                      Introduction to Dance, bi-weekly classes

 

1998 – 01      Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI

                     Ballet and Modern Technique, substitute

 

1995 – 01      Groundwerx Dance Theatre, Providence, RI

                     Body Fitness and Well-Being, bi-weekly classes

 

1995 – 00      Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

                     Shooting and Editing Movement with the film and video department

                    and Analyzing Movement Potential with the Creature Creation

                    puppetry course, workshops

 

Fall 1999       Moses Brown School, Providence, RI

                     Residency program integrating movement within the middle school’s

                     science curriculum

 

July 1996-98  !CityArts! Inner-City Arts Program, Providence, RI

                      Introduction to Dance for Elementary Ages, daily classes

 

1996 – 98      AS220's Youth Arts Conferences, Providence, RI,

                     Choreographing the Inner-City Experience, workshops

 

Spring1997   Rhode Island School for the Deaf, Providence, RI
                     Introduction to Dance, residency program integrating deaf and

                     hearing students, bi-weekly classes

 

Spring 1997 Wellspring Elementary School & Very Special Arts Rhode Island,

                     Providence, RI
                     Introduction to Dance, integrating hearing and deaf students, bi-weekly classes

 

Spring 1997  Hope High School, Providence, RI
                      Beg-Inter Modern / Jazz, bi-weekly classes

 

June 1997     RI State Services for the Blind, Providence, RI
                      Creative Movement, workshop

 

July 1996       Jamestown Parks and Recreation, Jamestown, RI
                     Creative Movement and Modern Dance for Elementary Ages, daily classes

 

June 1995     Juneau Dance Unlimited, Juneau, AK
                     Beg-Inter Modern / Jazz for children and adults, daily classes

 

 

Performance Experience

 

1999 – 04      elephant JANE dance: artistic director Heidi Henderson,                                         Wakefield, RI, original company member – created roles in 4 works

      • Dancing Dog’s Breakfast – South Bank Ctr., London, Eng.
      • Guest Artist Dance Series – Rhode Island College, RI
      • Inside/Out Series – Jacob’s Pillow, MA
      • Alive Arts Series – Roger Williams University, RI
      • Going Solo: An Evening of Women’s Solos and Duets – Carriage House Theater, RI
      • International Festival of Arts and Ideas – Connecticut College, CT
      • Dance Invitational – Colby College, ME

 

1995 – 04      Solo Performances

      • Spring Dance Concert – Smith College, MA
      • New Works Showcase – Bates Dance Festival, ME
      • Going Solo: An Evening of Women’s Solos and Duets – Carriage House Theater, RI
      • Young Choreographers’ Showcase – Bates Dance Festival, ME                    
      • New Choreographers’ Showcase – Carriage House Theatre, RI

 

July 2004       Immediate Theater, artistic director Katherine Ferrier, Northampton, MA, company member – improvisatory dance theater group

 

May 2004      Kelly Parsley, Northampton, MA, Slow Learner, dancer / actress, Smith College Grad Event

 

Nov. 2003      Susan Waltner, Northampton, MA, I Am Walking…, dancer, Smith College Faculty Concert

 

March  2003  Jacqueline Kinsman, Northampton, MA, Heavenly Honeys, dancer, Smith College Spring Concert

 

Feb. 2003      Christina Tsoules, Northampton, MA, Framed, dancer, Smith College MFA Concert and Cold Duck Complex music video

 

Nov. 2002      Tere O’Conner, South Hadley, MA, Danger Garden, dancer, Mount Holyoke College Faculty Concert

 

July 2001       Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Lewiston, ME, Hallelujah: In Praise of the Creative Spirit, dancer, Bates Dance Festival Faculty Concert

 

1994 – 00      Groundwerx Dance Theatre: co-artistic directors Heather Ahern, Peter Bramante, Donna Meierdiercks and Cathy Nicoli, Providence, RI, created original roles in over 12 works

      • Bi-annual Concert Seasons (’94-’98) – Providence, RI
      • Off-Center Fine Arts Series – University of Massachusetts, MA
      • Decadance: GDT and the Doug Elkins Dance Co. – Trinity Repertory Theater, RI
      • East Meets West: GDT and Moscow Ballet – Providence, RI
      • Juneau Dance Unlimited Cultural Exchange – Juneau, AK
      • Repertory Concert – Bridgewater College, MA
      • Windowerx – various Providence display windows, RI

 

1997 – 99      Big Nazo Puppets, Providence, RI, puppeteer, Columbia Arts

                     Festival (Columbia, MD), Fleet Center (Boston, MA)

 

1996               MTV / Ben Folds Five, Phoenix, AZ, Underground,

                     dancer, music video

 

1996               Invisible Theatre, New York, NY, Fall of the House of Usher,

                    dancer, Chelsea Playhouse (New York, NY), Trinity and Perishable                                   

                    Theaters (Providence, RI)

1994               Gary Shore, Barrington, RI, Backyard, dancer / actress, Carriage House Theater (Providence, RI), Pontine Movement Theater (Portsmouth, NH)

 

 

Professional Choreography

(Date, title, number of dancers and place of premiere)

 

2004               Weather Room, 5 dancers, Smith College, MA

 

2003               Duration Beach, 12 dancers, Smith College, MA

 

2002               Bare, solo, Smith College, MA

 

2001               Deadline, one dancer, one percussionist, one actor and one

                        painter, Bates Dance Festival, ME

 

2000               Where Beauty Lay Sleeping, solo, Carriage House Theater, RI

 

2000               Spuds Capades Cabaret, open, AS220 Arts Space, RI

 

1999               Home in the Holler (version one), 4 dancers, Roger Williams

                        University, RI

 

1999               Home in the Holler (version two), solo, Carriage House Theater,

                        Providence RI

1998               The Oddity and the Ecstasy, in collaboration with GDT, 4

                         dancers, one musician, Rhode Island School of Design, RI

 

1997               The 10th Venture Community Project, in collaboration with GDT,

                        11 dancers, Trinity Repertory Theater, RI

 

1997               Lasagna Capades Cabaret, open, AS220 Arts Space, RI

 

1996               Underground (music video), choreographer’s assistant, large

                        group, MTV and Ben Folds Five, on location: Phoenix, AZ

 

1996               Recommended Daily Allowance, 4 dancers, Trinity Repertory

                        Theater, RI

 

1996               Fall of the House of Usher, in collaboration with GDT and Invisible  

                        Theater, 4 dancers, 3 actors, Perishable Theater, RI

 

1996               Stacking Our Sugar Cubes, 4 dancers, Roger Williams University,               RI

 

1995               Melancholy Rose, duet, Rhode Island College, RI

 

1995               Dirt Capades Cabaret, open, AS220 Arts Space, RI

 

1994               Finding Room, Dick and Jane: Place of Departure, assistant to Peter Bramante, duet, Carriage House Theater, RI

 

1994               Down the Dip, 5 dancers, Carriage House Theater, RI

 

1994               Dyin’ Alive for Ya, solo, Perishable Theater, RI

 

 

Additional TRAINING

 

Modern:                      Alexandra Bellar, Sean Curran, David Dorfman, Doug Elkins,  

                                   Kathleen Hermesdorf, Bebe Miller, Jim Lapore, Lloyd                                                                             Newson, Lisa Race and Richard Seigal

 

Contact Improvisation:  Nancy Stark Smith, Steve Paxton

 

Ballet:                         Jim Martin, Kathy Smith, and Jacqueline Villamill

 

Jazz:                           Lynn Simonson and Paula Vinzi

 

Yoga:                          Tom Gillette and Peggy Schwartz

 

Cultural Forms:          Brazilian, Capoiera, Swing, Javanese, and Afro-Caribbean

 

Dance Festivals:       Bearnstow Multi-Arts Intensive (’03, ‘02)

                                    Bates Dance Festival (’01, ’00, ’99, ’86)

                                   American College Dance Festival Winter Intensive (’00)

                                   White Mountain Dance Festival (’91, ‘90) and Jacob’s Pillow (’87)

 

 

Additional Experience

 

Bearnstow, Mount Vernon, ME

 

Internship (’04, ’03):

§         Assisted general operations, under the direction                                                of Bebe Miller and Ruth Grauert

 

Groundwerx Dance Theatre, Providence, RI

 

Co-Director of Dance Education (’98 – ‘00):

§         Developed, created and taught over 50 site specific school programs that integrated the concepts of multiple intelligence and experiential learning for participants of all ages

 

Bookings Coordinator (’98 – ’00):

§         Sought new venues for the company’s education and performance outreach.  Administered such outreach.  

 

Studio Manager and Programmer (’97 – ‘00)

§         Initiated a new series of educational and health and well-being programs called GoodFridays. 

§         Organized the schedule of free-lance teachers and maintenance volunteers, alongside the company’s class and rehearsal schedule.

 

Production Staff (’94 – ’00)

§         Worked on all company put-ins and strikes. 

 

 

 

References available upon request.