Nichole Canuso brings 15 years experience teaching in a range of settings including High Schools, Universities and Community Centers. Courses range from Improvisation work, Technique Classes and Workshops to Generating and Developing movement vocabulary. Canuso has been commissioned to create new works for students at Bryn Mawr College, Drexel University, and Temple University.

In addition to performance, members of NCDC are available for a variety of educational and audience building sessions. To set up any of the following, please contact Yvonne Lung, Company Manager at yvonne@nicholecanusodance.org.

Short biography of workshops, repertoire, and new choreographies taught by director, Nichole Canuso:

  • Current Faculty member at Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training (APT) 2012 – present
  • Current Faculty member at Headlong Performance Institute (HPI) 2014 – present
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania 2010: Students incorporated – alongside NCDC ensemble – into the performances of Wandering Alice.
  • Temple University (PA) 2010: Ensemble Course, creating new work for the students
  • BrynMawr College (PA) 2007/2008: Ensemble Course, creating new work for the dance students
  • Drexel University (PA) 2007: New Work created on the Dance Ensemble
  • Dance Theatre Camp 2007: Free Workshop “Performance of Choice” for professional dancers and actors
  • Austin (TX) 2006: Contact Improvisation for all levels
  • Lawrenceville High School (NJ) 2006-2008: Dance As Art; Dance Technique; Dance Composition; Dance Improvisation; Set New work on the students.
  • University of the Arts 2000-2001: Movement for Actors


post-performance Q & A

A forum to build understanding between live performers and the audience.

Lecture demonstrations

An opportunity to engage students outside of dance or music studies. Through video or live lecture demonstrations, we actively engage with students or community members interested in the issues we perform about.

Workshop taught by Artistic Director Nichole Canuso

Dancers as well as community members will work to refine individual technique with poetic, actual, and imagined tools, honing improvisations and leading to powerful, clear dancing. Dancers (or non-dancers) must be interested in investigating their own motivations for dancing.

Workshop with musician Michael Kiley

As an experienced, professional musician, sound designer and music teacher, Michael Kiley is able to facilitate discussions on a wide-range of topics, including music composition, improvisation, recording, promotion, organization, performance, collaboration, and music technology. Dialogues can be beneficial for students interested in pursuing careers in music-related fields, but also can be enriching for those students simply seeking a better understanding of the process of making music.

Dance/Music Workshop with Nichole Canuso and Michael Kiley

This is a workshop that explores the relationship of dance and choreography with music and composition. Does the music drive the choreography or does the choreography inspire the music? Nichole and Michael have been collaborating for many years and are still asking those questions. Through this workshop dancers/choreographers and musicians can begin to find the answers for themselves.