Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher

los angeles, CA
United States

Bio

Jamie Nichols was the Artistic Director and founder of the Pasadena based contemporary dance company FAST FEET for 23 years. Until retiring her dance company in 2003, she self-produced her work in festivals and venues throughout California.

Critically acclaimed for the emotional intensity and eloquence of her dancing and choreography, she has been the recipient of six Lester Horton Dance Awards for Outstanding Achievement. She was honored with the Dance Resource Center Of Los Angeles Meritorious Award for Outstanding and Extensive Years of Service / Overall Volunteer Community Service and Leadership and honored with the Lester Horton Dance Award for Furthering the Visibility of Dance at the 19th annual awards.

She has been an adjudicator for the Music Center of Los Angles County Spotlight Awards, The Herb Alpert Foundation & Dom & Carol Deluise Scholarship Awards, The Los Angeles Dance Invitational Executive Production Committee (Co-Producer and Selection Committee), on the Board of Directors of the Jazz Dance LA Foundation, on the Board of Directors of The Dance Resource Center of Greater Los Angeles and has been a panelist for the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Cultural/Regional Grants. Most recently she participated as an adjudicator for the Dance Under The Stars Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, California.

Ms. Nichols was the marketing director, fundraiser, press contact and sole producer of CELEBRATE DANCE the annual festival held at the Alex Theatre from 2006-2015. She is currently the curator of the Brand Library Dance Series at the Brand Library in Glendale, California. She's been "stirring it up" with her site-specific dance events at the Brand Library since 2016.

Ms. Nichols was commissioned by Nickerson - Rossi Dance to create a piece for the Palm Springs Dance Festival 2018 and her piece "celestial spirit" was chosen as the audience favorite. As the recipient of "audience favorite", "celestial spirit" was included in "Full Throttle" dance festival in Philadelphia in August 2018.

Working as an activist in her community she continues to support other dancers, choreographers and companies in Los Angeles and believes artists benefit profoundly from volunteering services to their communities. She currently teaches theatre movement, dance and period dance at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood and contemporary dance at Live Arts Los Angeles.