Dance Styles / Fusion, Jazz Funk

Born and raised in Stuttgart, Germany, Nicola (she/her) started her dance training at the age of 4. In her youth, she primarily trained in Jazz dance at the New York City Dance school in Stuttgart (Germany). She had the opportunity to perform in showcases, company events, and on German TV. During her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she joined various dance teams and studios exploring new styles such as Hip Hop and Contemporary. She taught Contemporary and Jazz Funk at O.N.E Dance Center (London, CA) during her Ph.D., and has been able to continue her training through dance intensives and by competing in dance competitions such as Cincotrybe, Urban Rumble, and OUCH. In 2019 she co-directed a show for the London Fringe Festival. Outside of dance she is a cat mom and completed a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2021. She is grateful for the opportunity to dance and teach at House of Eights and to share her love for dance with the community.

What do you want people to get from your class?

My goal is for people to explore dance in a safe and welcoming environment. Dance should be accessible and fun for anyone no matter their background or age. I want dancers to be able to leave their stress behind and just enjoy moving and grooving. Growth and making mistakes go hand in hand and I want everyone to be able to feel comfortable showing off and messing up in class.

What motivates you to dance?

Dance brings me joy, release, a sense of achievement and confidence. It gives me a chance to push my body in ways that I wouldn’t otherwise. It’s my safe space and my way of exploring and emitting emotions.

What are some highlights of your career as a dancer/choreographer? 

One of my favourite memories from my time in London (ON) was co-directing/co- choreographing a 1-hour dance show for the London Fringe festival together with some dear friends. Being able to showcase your craft to a wide audience was an amazing and humbling experience.

Classes with Nicola Popp