Nicole Kirkland is a professional dancer, choreographer and instructor in LA, and is originally from the Bay Area. She began dancing at the age of 2, teaching at the age of 16, and at the age of 20 she was already a working choreographer in the industry. She climbed her way up the industry latter assisting choreographers such as Kevin Maher, Nappytabs, Tricia Miranda, and Galen Hooks making her choreography talent is apparent in both industry and community dance. On the industry side, Nicole has choreographed for Nicole Scherzinger, Bryson Tiller, Iggy Azalea, Prince, Teyana Taylor, Ceelo Green, K. Michelle, Kehlani, Paloma Ford, Tayla Parx, Liv Warfield, E40, 3rdEyeGirl, Iakopo, Judith Hill & many more. She was also runner-up on Nigel Lythgoe’s Every Single Step Season 2 choreography competition show. On the community side, Nicole has choreographed for hip hop companies The Lab featured on NBCs World of Dance, immaBEAST, GRV & Gravy Babies. Nicole stays busy in Los Angeles teaching 3 classes a week at Kenny Wormald’s & Robin Antin’s studio The Playground, and also subs at Millennium Dance Complex.
Style: Numerous genres of hip hop, jazz funk, street jazz, dance hall, heels or fusion contemporary
Song: “Bodack Yellow” Cardi B
Intention behind class: To create positive fun energy. Dance whatever you’re feeling that day and to hype up the rest of the day/week. One word to describe her class she says was “Impactful”.
Career Goals: Nicole hopes to create a whole tour directed by just herself as well as get more into the film and television industry.
Fun Facts: Nicole wanted to be an ice skater when she was younger but since it was too expensive her parents put her in dance at 2-12. 12-16 she stopped dancing and new it was something she needed to get back into it at 18 when she attended Pulse Dance Convention and going to college in her hometown. This is Nicoles 3rd time teaching at Buildabeast and hopes to return for a 4th year. She teaches regularly in LA as well as different workshops all over the world. What Nicole strives to accomplish as a teacher is to spread love and support to every kind of human through dance.