What do a 2-year-old and 32-year-old have in common? For Nikole LaChioma, it has always been her love and passion for dance. As artistic director for the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut for the past 13 years, Nikole has dedicated herself to hours of classroom technique, choreography, performances, and giving back to her students and community in the only way she knows how – through the arts.
This June, LaChioma, who holds a B.F.A. in Ballet from Marymount, and is an ABT Certified Teacher who has completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensives in Pre Primary through Partnering of the ABT National Training Curriculum, opened Rockwell Dance Center (formerly PACC), located at 18 Lindeman Drive, Trumbull.
“Dance is not just about the movement or the performances, it’s about what dance teaches you,” LaChioma says. “Dance gives everyone a sense of discipline, respect, and teamwork; it increases our memory skills, and teaches time management, math and patterning, music theory and fundamentals; it exposes everyone to differences and similarities; but most importantly, it allows everyone to find their own creativity and express themselves.”
Nikole and her students dance for benefits and fundraisers in the tri-state area, including one, the Steven A. Merrihew Performing Arts Benefit Cancer, she began in 2006 in memory of a friend. The other is her non profit, The Parker Project, whose ensemble of dancers has raised over $50,000 for dancers in needs while sharing concert dance. “Art like life is a collaborative effort,” she states. “When one of us succeeds we all do.” For more info, visit rockwelldance.com.