Contact Informationcnicoli@rwu.eduPerforming Arts Annex
Areas of ExpertiseContemporary Dance Technique, Pedagogy, Choreography and Production
Cathy Nicoli, Associate Professor of Dance / Performance Studies at Roger Williams University, received her MFA in Dance at Smith College on a full teaching fellowship. She is a two-time recipient of the RI State Council of the Art’s Choreography Award and the RI Foundation's Arts Education Scholarship. Cathy is a Certified Movement Analyst and Bartenieff Fundamentals TM teacher, trained by the Laban Institute of Movement Studies (NYC) and Lesley University (Cambridge, MA). Cathy is also trained by the Mark Morris Dance Company to teach dance to Parkinson’s populations - and offered a Parkinson’s Dance and Wellness class for two years at Cheshire Hospital, Keene, NH. She has performed her choreography at the Kennedy Center, London’s National Theater, and in Ben Folds Five’s MTV video Underground - of which she was also assistant choreographer. She was co-artistic director of Providence-based Groundwerx Dance Theatre, often teaching dance and kinetic inter-curricular lessons in Providence public schools, the Rhode Island School for the Deaf, and RI School for the Blind. Cathy was also an original member of Heidi Henderson’s elephant JANE dance, and the director of Bearnstow’s arts and nature inclusive day camp for children and young adults - where she led her campers in everything from creative movement, to visual art, to canoeing and swimming, equine care, to sustainability projects in the kitchen and outside. Cathy’s experiences at Bearnstow are thanks to her friend Ruth Grauert (1919-2020), who started the camp with her life partner in 1946. Cathy has taught at Stockholm’s Ballet Academy, Brown University, Providence College, RISD, Keene State College, Smith College, and Amherst College. She was Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Hampshire College 2005-2008, where she earned the Project Pericles Civic Engagement Course Development Award based on the social impact and civic engagement of her course Moving Memoirs: Composing Yourself With Choreography. Also at Hampshire, she spent her last year as Interim Director of the Dance Program. Now back at RWU, where she earned her BA Cum Laude in Dance/Performance Studies decades ago, Cathy’s aim is to train adaptable, healthy, and distinct dancers – while also bridging dance to other initiatives involving social justice and equity issues – believing that many of the sustainability, interpersonal, and creative skills dancers hone on a daily basis, are skills the world needs now, on and off the stage.