Nikole LaChioma - Owner, Director
BALLET – CONTEMPORARY BALLET – MODERN – POINTE
Nikole LaChioma is a Cum Laude graduate from Marymount Manhattan College and holds a BFA in Ballet. Most recently, Ms. LaChioma has become owner and Director of Rockwell Dance Center. She had previously held the positions of Artistic Director of the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut and Artistic Director of In Motion Dance Company for the past 13 years. In 2007 she became the Founder and Artistic Director of The Parker Project a contemporary dance company. Nikole is an ABT ® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT ® Teacher Training Intensives in Pre Primary through Partnering of the ABT ® National Training Curriculum. Ms. LaChioma is proud that three of her pieces have been invited to the Youth American Grand Prix 2015 and 2017 Finals in New York. In 2017 YAGP named her Outstanding Choreographer and her ensembles placed 2nd overall in Boston. Her choreography has also been set on the professional company, Florida Dance Theatre, and she has had pieces accepted at the International Dance Festival-NYC, “Dance Under the Stars” professional dance festival in California, Solstice In Times Square (BCEFA/DRA) and CT Meets NY Dance Festival. Her works with The Parker Project have been performed at many venues in Connecticut and New York. Ms. Lachioma is an instructor and choreographer in the disciplines of ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, musical theater dance, and also teaches dance composition, improvisation, contemporary partnering and tap.
Ms. LaChioma feels fortunate to have had many wonderful performance opportunities. Most recently with BalaSole Dance in NYC, where she received this review from Dance Europe Magazine: “She’s a personable performer whose expressions create a connection with the audience…. On top of this acting ability, her clear and easy technique make her a joy to watch.” Nikole has had the privilege of dancing with Hartford Ballet under the direction of Kirk Peterson, Raymond Lukens and Franco DeVita as both their student and as Clara in their American Nutcracker. Other roles include Snow Queen with Connecticut Dance Theater, the privilege to dance with Wayne Sleep and the National Youth Ballet of Great Britain in Kent, in Scotland at the Aberdeen Youth Festival, with the Scottish Ballet (Ken Burke) and at His Majesty’s Theater. Locally she has performed in many musical theater productions and has served as choreographer for both area high schools and theater organizations.
Nikole has had the pleasure to study at the Complexions Summer Choreography Intensive with Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, SAB, Boston Ballet, Hartford Ballet with Raymond Lukens Franco DeVita and Kirk Peterson, Pedro Ruiz, Katie Langan (Ballet) Beth Goheen (ballet), Karen Festog (ballet), Denise Vale (Graham), Kristina Berger (Horton), Max Stone, Jana Hicks, Dominique Kelley (tap and hip hop) and Manwe Saul-Addison (Hip Hop). Ms. LaChioma has studied voice with Melissa Hart (Cabaret, Candide), Scott Handley and Joyce Erickson.
Modern – Improvisation - Ballet
Caroline Fermin graduated from New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and later, the Juilliard School with a BFA. She has performed all over the world for a variety of ballet and modern companies. She is a founding member of Gallim Dance where she was a company member for six years and served as Rehearsal Director and Education Chair. As a choreographer Caroline works collaboratively with clowns, actors, sculptors, painters, filmmakers, and fashion houses. She has created work for actors at NYU Tisch, actors/dancers at Western Wyoming Community College, and for the playwright Daniel Talbott.
Ms. Fermin was a teaching artist in NYC public schools and is a proud member of Artists Striving to End Poverty, a non-profit dedicated to empowering young people through the Arts. With ASTEP she sat on the organizing committee for the Artist As Citizen Conference, a summit for young arts leaders held annually at the Juilliard School.
This year she has been commissioned to create a new work for Stockton University’s dance program. As an advocate for social justice, Caroline works extensively with community engagement programs. She brings her expertise in arts and youth leadership to organizations such as New York City Center, Dancewave, and Artists Striving to End Poverty. Caroline has run dance education programs at Snow College in Utah and in collaboration with the Juilliard School in her hometown of New Orleans. This year will see Caroline teaching at Barnard College/Columbia University specializing in improvisation and classical modern. Caroline lives in New York City with her cat Nell, and they both enjoy bird watching.
Ballet – Pointe - Variations
Jaime Hickey was born in Bayonne, NJ and received her initial training at Ms. Huguette’s Dance Studio, Ms. Neuberts Ballet Institute in Carnegie Hall, New Jersey Ballet, and also competed with the DeNogla School of Irish Step Dancing.
Jaime furthered her training at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA before attending the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre. Here she studied under the direction Franco DeVita and Raymond Lukens. Jaime also trained privately with Fabrice Herrault.
Jaime was named an American Ballet Theatre National Training Scholar. Upon graduation from JKO, Jaime joined American Ballet Theatre II directed by Wes Chapman during which she travelled both domestic and internationally with the company. At age 19, Jaime joined the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago under the direction of Ashley Wheater. Here, she performed works by Lar Lubovitch, Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Robert Joffrey, Gerald Arpino, and more. In 2013, Jaime joined Ballet West where she performed roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle. Jaime also performed with the Barak Ballet in Los Angeles, CA and RPM Productions in Chicago, IL.
Jamie completed the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum in Pre-Primary through Level 7 and Partnering in 2014.
Ms. Hickey is currently on faculty at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT and Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division at Rutgers University. In 2017, Jaime co-founded My Ballet Mastered, video analysis coaching.