Nicole Wesley

College of Visual & Performing Arts, Department of Theatre & Dance

Nicole Wesley

Nicole Wesley is an associate professor of dance. She teaches dance technique, contact partnering, aesthetics and repertory. She also collaborates with theatre faculty as a choreographer for theatrical productions.

Wesley is a teacher, performer and choreographer out of Austin. She has performed works by renowned choreographers David Dorfman, Paul Taylor, Michael Foley, Donald McKayle and Dianne McIntyre. Her choreography has been commissioned and performed nationally and internationally at performance venues such as The COCO Dance Festival, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; The Dissolving Borders Symposia in Dundee, Scotland; Culturesfrance’s Danses Caraibe in Havana, Cuba; Dance City in Newcastle, England; The Big Read Festival in Austin; The Dallas Morning News Dance Festival; The American College Dance Festival; The MAD (Modern Atlanta Dance) Festival; The Fringe Festival, Costa Rica; The Fringe Festival, Austin; and The Fringe Festival, New York.

Wesley is co-founder and director of Trinidad and Tobago’s COCO Dance Festival, the only contemporary dance festival in the English-speaking Caribbean. She is artistic director of The JUSTICE Project, an experiential and community-oriented performance work, created and developed collaboratively within diverse populations. The JUSTICE Project celebrates the authentic artistic voice and embraces the transformation that arises at the intersection of self and community, revolving around dialogues of social and political responses to justice and exploring issues of race/racism, body image, gender, culture and maturation.

From 2008 to 2012, Wesley was program leader of dance within the Academy for the Performing Arts at The University of Trinidad and Tobago, where she developed, authored and implemented the country’s first Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Program in Dance and Dance Studies. From 2004 to 2008, Wesley was an assistant professor of dance at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Wesley received an M.F.A. in dance from Texas Woman's University and a B.F.A. in dance from The University of Texas at Austin. She is a certified Laban movement analyst (CLMA), receiving her certification through integrated movement studies at The University of Utah.

Her research interests include:

  • community building through authentic performance (The JUSTICE Project)
  • Laban movement analysis (LMA) as a methodology in the realm of technical training and performance process