Nicole von Arx

Born in England and raised in Switzerland, Nicole is a freelance dancer and choreographer based between Brooklyn (USA) and Geneva (Switzerland).

She graduated in 2011 from The Alvin Ailey School in New York City under the direction of Denise Jefferson. She also trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Springboard Danse Montréal 2011& 2015, Dance Area and Jacob's Pillow 2010 Contemporary Program.

As a performer, Nicole was a soloist at the Royal Opera House in London & Chicago Lyric Opera in the critically acclaimed opera Tannhäuser directed by Tim Albery and choreographed by Jasmin Vardimon. She has also worked for and toured with Carte Blanche (The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance) under the directorship of Bruno Heynderickx. In 2013, she participated in The 6th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition while dancing for the choreographer Bryan Arias (Kidd Pivot, NDT) winning 1st place and Audience Choice Award. From 2014-2017, she has been a close collaborator, choreographer assistant, and performer for Loni Landon Dance Projects. She has worked with Loni on numerous creations such as Fast Love for the Joyce Theatre, And Then There Was One commissioned by The Juilliard School, DOUBLING, and Wait Nearby commissioned by the Keigwin + Company.

As a choreographer, Nicole was invited to present her work internationally at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, TanzFest Winterthur 2018, La Fête de la Musique on the stage of l’ADC, and the Flux Laboratory in Switzerland, and at Reykjavík Culture Night in Iceland. In New York, her choreography appeared at the Museum of Moving Image, Judson Church, The Wild Project, The 14th Street Y/YCabaret, the Ailey Citigroup Theatre and Gowanus Arts. In 2017, she was one of the three emerging choreographers commissioned to create a new 30min work for The Dance Gallery Festival Level UP program. In 2011 and 2015, she had the pleasure to create solo works on students from The Ailey School and SUNY Purchase.

Nicole is currently creating and performing in New York City under the name NVA & Guests. She is a company member and dance captain at Company XIV for the productions of Nutcracker Rouge, Paris and Orpheus & Eurydice.

(edited March 25th, 2018) 

NVA & Guests

Founded in 2010, NVA & Guests is a platform created to produce and spread the work of the performer/choreographer Nicole von Arx. Her work provides the audience with a vast array of projects and collaborations ranging from contemporary dance, film, photography and creative workshops. She offers an artistic experience that engages, challenges, and immerses audiences into both the educational and experiential aspects of her choreography.

Nicole is dedicated to fostering innovative, honest and inspiring relationships between the performers, collaborative artists and institutions involved. And even more, she seeks to embrace creative risk and intimacy to portray universal and captivating works. The company also aims to produce and present work worldwide creating bridges between people and culture, consequently giving the opportunity for an exchange of emotions and thoughts. 


Nicole has been commissioned to create works for several universities and youth performance companies including The Alvin Ailey School, SUNY Purchase and JUNTOS Collective.

She has also taught professional and non-professional dancers ranging from young children to adults at universities, pre-professional training programs and open professional classes like The Juilliard School, Rutgers University, Peridance Capezio Center, Dance Italia, L'Impasse/Cie Greffe and Purelements.

Nicole has also served as a choreographic assistant for creations with Alexander Whitley (NYU Fellow), Keigwin + Company, GroundWorks Dance Theatre, Princeton University, AMP LevyDance, New Dances 2014 and the Summer Dance Intensive at The Juilliard School.

Workshop packages are available for all ages and abilities. To find out more, email us at

Class description

Nicole von Arx offers a dynamic contemporary class that incorporates elements of floor work, yoga, improvisation, and her latest choreography research. She encourages you to embrace physical and emotional effort, and explore the extent of your body and mind’s capacity.  Her warm-up is a series of challenging exercises focusing on isolating, strengthening, aligning and balancing the body. This will lead to a group improvisation emphasizing sensation, timing and space. The class culminates in a long and complex phrase work allowing dancers to discover Nicole’s movement vocabulary and musicality. 

Nicole's class and work are influenced by the choreographers she has worked with, such as Jasmin Vardimon, Bryan Arias and Loni Landon. Video!


Derrick Belcham (Director)

Legomec (Composer)

Aksel Stasny (Director)

Pierre von Arx (Writer) 

Pavel Voz (Photographer)

Alexandra Roca (Director)


Matilda Sakamoto (Dancer)

Emily McDaniel (Dancer)

Tyler Schnese (Dancer)

Shelby Terrell (Dancer)

Eric Berey (Dancer) 

Jessica Alexander (Dancer) 

Amanda Krische (Dancer)

Michael Greenberg (Dancer)