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Mr. Nicholas A. Owens
Hello my name is Nicholas A. Owens and I am a freelance choreographer, director, dancer and the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Kenyettá Dance Company with over 15yrs of dance experience. I proudly join the Shortridge teaching faculty as a transfer teacher from Broad Ripple High School where for 2yrs I served as a magnet professional for the dance department. My goal is to create, encourage, and provide training/performance opportunities to aspiring dancers seeking professional dance experience in a nurturing environment. In 2010, I formed my own professional modern dance company, NODC (Nicholas Owens Dance Company). I strive as an ambassador for the art of dance through each performance which demonstrates my commitment to artistic excellence, individual achievement, cultural relevance and social engagement. My years of dance training both nationally and internationally includes modern (Horton & Graham), ballet, jazz, African dance forms, tap and hip-hop. Currently I teach at the Indiana Ballet Conservatory (Carmel, IN), Dancer’s Studio (Columbus, IN) and Iibada Dance Company (Indianapolis, IN). For the past 2 years I have been an active member on the planning committee for Art & Soul with the Arts Council of Indianapolis. I have also served as an adjunct professor at Butler University where for the past 2 years I have also been on faculty for their 2017 & 2018 Summer Dance Intensive Program.
Credits for direction and choreography include Kenyettá Dance Company’s productions of: Excerpts of Dreams, Signs of the Times, Out of the Box, Speaking Without Words, Groundwork Suites, Breaking the Silence, Black Dance Matters, Black Box Theory, Sincerely Love and Summer Solstice; Indianapolis Civic Theatre’s production of Ragtime the Musical, Pike High Schools productions of The Color Purple, Shrek the Musical, The Wiz and In The Heights, Dance Kaleidoscope’s productions of America The Modern, Love Is, Mad for Musicals, Super Soul, Ray & Ella, Voices of A Generation, Divas and Divos, The Cupboards musical productions of The Color Purple and The Five Heartbeats, The Asante Children’s Theatre original musical production of “Genius” To the Beat of Soul and much more.
At my spare time, I enjoy going on vacation, spending quality time with my family and being adventurous. I love drawing, painting and sculpting. This is my first-year teaching at Shortridge High School as the Co-Director of the Dance Department. Dance is for everybody.
“I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people.” - Alvin Ailey