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Nicholas Owens, Modern Instructor

Nicholas A. Owens is known throughout the Indianapolis area as a freelance choreographer, dancer and the co-founder and former Artistic Director of Kenyettá Dance Company. For the past 5 years he has been directing his own modern dance company, NODC (Nicholas Owens Dance Company). He began dancing at age thirteen at Kenyettá Dance Studio under the direction of his sister Vanessa R. Owens and later joined Iibada Dance Company under the Founding Executive Artistic Direction of Sabra Logan. His training includes contemporary modern, ballet, jazz, African dance forms, tap and hip-hop dance. He currently teaches modern, jazz, conditioning, hip hop and tap at the Indiana Ballet Conservatory, Dancer’s Studio in Columbus, IN and Iibada Dance Company. He has also taught 2 full semesters of freshman jazz as an adjunct professor at Butler University. Credits for direction and choreography include Kenyettá Dance Company’s productions of: Excerpts of Dreams, Signs of the Times, Out of the Box, Speaking Without Words, Groundwork Suites, Breaking The Silence and Black Dance Matters; Indianapolis Civic Theatre’s production of “Ragtime the Musical,” Indiana Ballet Company’s productions of On Earth We Stand and Love & Gravity, Pike High Schools productions of “The Color Purple” and “Shrek the Musical” and “The Wiz,” Dance Kaleidoscope’s productions of “America The Modern,” “Love Is,” “Mad for Musicals,” “Super Soul” and “Ray & Ella”, The Cupboards musical productions of “The Color Purple” and “The Five Heartbeats” and much more. He also serves as the Assistant Artistic Director of Iibada Dance Company.