Nicole Thomas is highly respected in the dance industry as a performer and recognized as an instructor, choreographer and humanitarian. A native of University City, MO, Nicole is a graduate of Central Visual & Performing Arts High School in St. Louis, MO & received her B.F.A. in dance from The University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Introduced to ballet & tap as a young child she trained long and hard and became a member of the award winning Ray Parks Academy of Dance Competition Team. As an adolescent, Nicole began training in Dunham Technique at the Katherine Dunham Center for the Performing Arts, S.I.U.E., and East St. Louis Center under the direction of Theodore Jamison. She expanded her depth of knowledge by studying African, Caribbean, Haitian, Cuban, Capoeira, and yoga techniques. Ms. Thomas has traveled throughout the United States and Europe perfecting her talent. She has studied and worked with companies across the country, among which are the world renowned Katherine Dunham Dance Ensemble – SIUE, Martha Graham Dance Company, Urban Bush Women, The MUNY, Jose Limon Dance Company, Spirit of Angela West African Dance Ensemble, Inner Vision Dance Theatre, CounterGroove Dance Company, Minianka African Drum & Dance Ensemble, and Banyan Dance Theater.
Nicole has appeared in countless stage productions including A Chorus Line, Three Coins in the Fountain, Showboat, and Tap Dance Kid. She has staged musicals across the country such as Fiddler on the Roof, Once Upon this Island, The Wiz, Children of Eden and many more. As an instructor, Ms. Thomas exposes thousands of aspiring dancers & performers to the wonderful world of dance each year. Her passion for sharing is evident through workshops and ongoing residencies with the Missouri Historical Society, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Inc., Stages St. Louis-Education Outreach, Girls Scouts of Eastern Missouri, St. Louis Public Schools, International Association of Blacks in Dance, Black College Dance Exchange, Neighborhood Houses, Club CHIPS, and many more.
In 2006, Nicole fulfilled a lifelong dream by opening Pinx Academy of Dance in University City, Missouri, where she offers a comprehensive dance curriculum to students and professionals of all ages. Pinx Academy of Dance offers a culturally diverse environment with knowledgeable instructors from around the world.