Nell Josephine Rollins is a performing dance artist based in Boise, Idaho. She completed a BFA in Ballet, with a Studio Teaching Certificate and a focus in Choreography, from the University of Utah’s School of Dance. She recently finished dancing with Neos Dance Theatre for their 2018 summer season and is now dancing for Ballet Idaho with Artistic Director Garrett Anderson. She is continuing her choreographic endeavors as well as teaching at The Spot Dance Studio and ECHO School of Dance. Nell began her training began in Boise with Balance Dance Company and Ballet Idaho, which at 17, she joined the latter as an apprentice, performing both classical and contemporary ballets by George Balanchine, Alex Ossadnik, Nate Powell, and former Artistic Director Peter Anastos. In 2013 she became a freelance artist, guesting for LED (Lauren Edson + Dancers) and Idaho Dance Theater in Boise, Idaho dancing in works by Lauren Edson, Eric Handman, Sayoko Knode, Marla Hansen, Carl Rowe, Rebecca Aneloski, Melonie Buchanan-Murray, and Dan Higgins. While studying at the University of Utah, Nell has performed works by Val Caniparoli, Matthew Neenan, Lesley Telford, Eric Handman, Katie Scherman, and Jay Kim. She has attended multiple summer intensives on scholarship including, Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street, Arts Umbrella, and most recently Springboard Danse in Montreal, Canada. Nell’s interest in choreography sprang from her appreciation of all movement styles. She has had the pleasure of choreographing for Shades of Black, a show founded and directed by Kwapi Vengesayi, at Boise State University in Boise, ID. She was also commissioned, along with Ashley Chin-Mark and Brian Nelson, to choreograph and collaborate with musician/composer Kagan Brietenbach in Salt Lake City, UT. Her piece, Can You Sit Still, premiered in the Fall of 2017 and was selected to represent the University of Utah’s School of Dance at the American College Dance Association’s NW Conference in March 2018. Her work Apology Not Accepted, premiered at the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Salt Lake City Semi-Finals in February 2018 and received First Place in the Ensemble Category. The piece received an invitation to the New York City YAGP Finals representing the University of Utah School of Dance. Her recent work They Told Me I Could Be Different premiered in the Ballet Senior Concert in April 2018. Nell has enjoyed teaching at local dance studios and companies in Boise, Idaho and Salt Lake City, UT. She has taught ballet, contemporary, and jazz styles as well as improvisation. She completed a Studio Teaching Certificate at the University of Utah which required courses in Business, Accounting, Psychology, Methodology, and Pedagogy. In addition, she has worked and researched both ballet and contemporary practicums with Maggie Wright-Tesch a former Ballet West principal and Pablo Piantiano, a former dancer with San Francisco Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
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