About: Then and Now

NOW: 2015 Update

Born in New York, USA Nicole Zadra completed her training in the USA and Russia. In 2014 she graduated from the traineeship program at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia under the direction of Irina Syrova and Marina Leonova. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships and her training includes time spent at The Alvin Ailey School, Manhattan Youth Ballet and Complexions Contemporary Ballet in New York. Nicole gained extensive performance experience during her training, with highlights including roles in La Fille Mal Gardée at the Bolshoi Theater, The Sleeping Beauty and the Hungarian Rhapsody at the Kremlin Palace in Russia, The Nutcracker, and Jerome Robbins Interplay as well as other contemporary, character dance and jazz pieces.

Nicole joined The Hong Kong Ballet in 2014 as a member of Corps de Ballet and since that time has performed in Don Quixote, Swan Lake Act III, the Choreographers Showcase, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Turandot during the Hong Kong Ballet’s 2014 tour to the USA.

In 2011 Nicole was awarded an Alvin Ailey Fellowship. In 2012 she was a NSLI-Y Russian American Foundation, Bolshoi Ballet Academy Scholarship Award Recipient. In 2013 she was named a Grishko USA Rising Star.

THEN: 2012

Hi everyone! I want to first thank you for following my blog. I am new at this and I will just say now I’m not the best writer.

Anyway, a little about me! My name is Nicole. I started taking ballet class around the age of 4. One day I went to try a dance class with my neighbor Amy and I loved it. Dance wasn’t for Amy but I have been dancing ever since!

Ever since the first Nutcracker I was in I knew I wanted to dance ballet. My mom tried to get me to try other activities like soccer, theater, softball, etc.. but I fought her on each activity. All I wanted to do was go to ballet class. She finally stopped trying and accepted that I only want to dance lol! So I have focused on dance for all these years. I have taken ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, character, graham and more but my primary focus has always been on ballet.

Ballet has provided me with many opportunities over the years. I trained at some amazing summer intensives which include the Boston Ballet School, The Rock School, NYSSSA, Complexions and then this past summer the Bolshoi Ballet Academy’s Summer Intensive.

My experiences this summer from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Program are what inspired me to start this blog. I am just a shy, simple girl with a big dream and I want to share my journey to hopefully become a professional ballet dancer with you in this blog. Thanks for following me and for all the support!

Love, Nicole         




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