Nicole Wesley, MFA, CLMA, is a teacher, performer, and choreographer out of Austin, Texas. She received an MFA in Dance from Texas Woman's University and a BFA in Dance from The University of Texas at Austin. Nicole is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CLMA) and 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 Dissolving Borders Symposia in Dundee Scotland; Culturesfrance’s Danses Caraibe in Havana, Cuba; The COCO Dance Festival in Port of Spain, Trinidad; Dance City in Newcastle, England; The Big Read Festival in Austin, Texas; 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. Nicole is currently an Associate Professor of Dance at Texas State University.
Nicole is Artistic Director of The JUSTICE Project in collaboration with her dance partner of twenty years, Darla Johnson. The JUSTICE Project an experiential and community-oriented and devised performance, created and developed collaboratively within diverse populations. Revolving around dialogues of social, political and personal responses to justice, The JUSTICE Project celebrates the authentic artistic voice and embraces the transformation that arises at the intersection of self and community.
Nicole is Co-founder of the Contemporary Choreographers’ Collective and Co-Artistic Director of Trinidad and Tobago’s COCO Dance Festival since 2009. The mission of the Contemporary Choreographers’ Collective is to inspire, encourage and serve the community through creative processes and collaborative and outreach-oriented endeavors.
Nicole’s 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.