Associate Professor of Dance - Theatre & Dance
Nicole Wesley, MFA, CLMA is an Associate Professor of Dance. Her research interests include community building through authentic performance (The JUSTICE Project) and Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) as a methodology in the realm of technical training and performance process. Nicole is a choreographer and performer for Lubbock’s own Flatlands Dance Theatre and teaches master classes in Contemporary dance at Ballet Lubbock.
Nicole is a teacher, performer and choreographer out of Austin, Texas. 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 Embodied Citizens: Dance and Civic Participation Performance at The University of Bedfordshire in Bedford, England; Carifesta IX in Paramaribo, Suriname; 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 Modern Atlanta Dance (MAD) Festival; The Fringe Festival, Costa Rica; The Fringe Festival, Austin; and The Fringe Festival, New York.
Nicole is Artistic Director of The JUSTICE Project in collaboration with Darla Johnson, Adjunct Professor of Dance at Austin Community College. The JUSTICE Project an experiential and community-oriented performance work, created and developed collaboratively within diverse populations. It celebrates the authentic artistic voice and embraces the transformation that arises at the intersection of self and community, revolving around dialogues of social, political and personal responses to justice.
Nicole is Co-founder of the Contemporary Choreographers’ Collective and Co-Artistic Director of Trinidad and Tobago’s COCO Dance Festival, the only contemporary dance festival in the English-speaking Caribbean. The mission of the Contemporary Choreographers’ Collective is to inspire, encourage and serve the community through creative processes and collaborative endeavors. We are committed to enriching the dance community through multidisciplinary and culturally diverse programs, establishing a contemporary artist network and enlivening the human spirit in Trinidad and Tobago and abroad through performance and choreographic study.
From 2008 to 2012, Nicole 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, Nicole was an Assistant Professor of Dance at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Nicole 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.