Nicole Whiteside loves dance!
Through her 9 years with Blue Lapis Light she has had the honor of serving as aerial performer, choreographer, rigger, and teacher. Her classical ballet training began at age two and blossomed into a life-long love of dance. She has studied at esteemed studios including the Houston Ballet Academy, High School for Performing and Visual Arts, Austin School of Classical Ballet, and Marsha Woody Academy of Dance. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BFA in Dance and has continued dancing for Austin with many local companies, including Sharir+Bustamante Danceworks, Sheep Army/Elsewhere Dance Theater, Little Stolen Moments, Austin School of Classical Ballet, and Cheryl Chaddick Dance Theater.
She continues to dance around the town, performing in various venues, festivals, and events throughout Austin. Through the years, she has received numerous awards including Best Dancer and Best Duet. Little Stolen Moments was voted Austin’s Best Dance Company 2010 and also recognized for the Best Dance on Three Miniature Trampolines. For New Year’s, First Night commissioned her performance, Fabric of the Hour, a silks piece performed inside Austin’s City Hall. She was also nominated Best Choreographer for her aerial choreography with ZACH Theater’s Metamorphoses.
She currently manages Blue Lapis Light’s studio where she teaches and continues to learn the art of aerial dance. She has been learning aerial silks since 2005 and began teaching in 2007. To further her knowledge, she has studied with great aerialists from the New England Center for the Circus Arts, Air Dance Bernasconi, Aircat Aerial Arts, House of Yes, and Tick Tock Dance. She loves learning and teaching and is eternally grateful for the unique beauty in all people!