This week’s Dancer/Choreographer shout out goes to Nicole Bowser. Nicole was born performing. She started tap dancing at the early age of three and continued her competitive training from Joanne Chapman School of Dance. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, modern, hip hop, street jazz and acrobatics. Nicole also got the acting bug at a young age and had an agent by the time she was 6. She did numerous commercials appeared in Movies and television shows. Upon graduating high school Nicole attended the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in the Triple threat Program- There she strengthened her skills and became a more confident well rounded artist. Nicole has been fortunate to travel because of her passion for dance. She Toured with Canadian pop sensation Elise Estrada with memorable performances at the Calgary Stampede and the Junos. She also worked at sea on board of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as Dance Captain.
On screen She was cast to dance in the movie Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief as well as alongside Vanessa Hudgens in the movie Sucker Punch. Nicole has also been fortunate to work with successful Canadian talent such as Michael Buble, ,Victoria Duffield, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cory Lee, the Stereos and My Darkest Days. Just recently she opened for Nickleback at the Molson Amphitheater in Toronto. Nicole is tenacious, determined, vibrant and passionate. She is constantly learning and striving to be a better artist, person, creator, and teacher. She is always looking forward to what the next chapter will bring.
“The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will.’ Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.” Charles Dickens
Find out what Nicole had to say in this week’s feature…
Nikki: Do you remember the first time you started dancing?
Nicole: I was three when I first walked into a dance class. We did a tap number to “sugar sugar” and yes I still remember it. I may still do it when I hear the song…
Nikki: Do you remember the first song you choreographed to? (Or your earliest memory)
Nicole: When I was young about 6/7 I used to put on dance productions in our basement. I would get the kids from around our street to be a part of my show. I taught them the choreography, included props and costume changes, it was pretty elaborate so I charged all of my family to come and watch it; Grandparents, aunts, uncles, mom and dad. Everyone needed a ticket to see us, $1.00.
Nikki: Your personal advice for dancers when it comes to free styling?
Nicole: When it comes to free styling I would say to really try to listen to the music. Try to find an emotional connection to it and then let your body take over. Of course if you are in an audition situation you will most likely want you show off whats in your bag of tricks. Show them what makes you special, diverse, unique and something that they must have.
Nikki: Who are some of your biggest influences in the Dance industry?
Nicole: I really learned a lot from Faye Rauw and Linda Garneau. I trained with them right after I finished dancing at a studio. Faye really brought out a confidence in me when I danced. Her passion and her love for dance was so influential and inspiring to me. Linda helped me to find a different style and way to move. I learned about control and finding levels when I danced.
Nikki: Name a Toronto Choreographer you enjoy working with and why?
Nicole: I love working with Ms Carla Catherwood. We started our working relationship in Vancouver about 6 years ago. Carla Exudes Confidence, love, passion and drive. She will always push you in a positive way while having a good laugh. She keeps the business fun.
Nikki: Are you currently working on any projects?
Nicole: Living the life of a dancer is a constant hustle. There seems to always be something on the go. I will be shooting a music video this weekend and I have a couple upcoming stage shows.
Nikki: Qualities you believe Toronto Dancers possess?
Nicole: I think that Toronto dancers are hungry for the work. They are passionate and driven and emotionally connected to the art.
Nikki: Any advice for emerging dancers and choreographers working/training in Toronto?
Nicole: The industry itself can be very difficult at times and full of rejection. Remember that it’s not personal and if you keep working and climbing and doing your personal best you will grow as an artist, choreographer and person. You can always learn from your peers, in class take a look around everyone has something to offer and something to learn from. In tough times remember why you fell in love with dance.
THANK YOU FOR NICOLE FOR SHARING YOUR LOVE & PASSION WITH T.D.O.T. XO
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