I am so excited to share with you the light and beauty of my friend Nikki! Upon meeting her, you know she is up to something as she glows from the inside out. When are you doing what you love, it shines from your soul (and people can't help but notice).
Originally from Rochester, Nikki moved to NYC when she was 18 years old. She had to learn the ropes of how to get connected in the Broadway community and has now been a musical theatre performer for 17 years. She has performed on Broadway and in National Tours, and has played all of the US in regional productions. You may have seen her high kick at Radio City Music Hall as a Rockette. Nikki has danced with the Backstreet Boys, Jessica Simpson, and N’Sync. Now, she's transitioning out of the business and is working for Stage Door Connections, a career developing company that provides seminars and workshops to dancers and singers on how to perfect their craft.
What makes you shine?
Being on stage. There’s something about that feeling when I step foot onto a stage and can get lost in my dancing. It’s what gets me up in the morning and has always made me shine from within.
When do you glow?
When I teach someone a show and see the progression in their learning. Having them come up to me and say “Thank You” and “I feel more confident”, always makes me glow.
What do you love to do?
Besides Dance….COOKING! I love and have the biggest passion for cooking. I’ve been in the kitchen learning from my Grandma and Mom since I was real little, and I love going home and cooking a meal for my boyfriend and I. I also LOVE going to cooking classes in the city and learning a new cuisine.
When are you the happiest?
Sunday night, at home with my boyfriend and our animals, enjoying a glass of wine, and watching Breaking Bad. Complete bliss.
What inspires you?
People who always want more with their career. I am not a settler with any of my jobs. I always want more and try to surround myself with people who are always growing and learning.
What is your big goal?
This is a personal BIG Goal: I travel to Europe by September 2014. I’ve never been to Europe and I can’t wait to take a trip!
Who is your biggest influence?
My boyfriend. He inspires me in so many ways. He has taught me so much about life and love, but has also influenced me to step out of my comfort zone and go after a new career.